Okay, I’ll admit it, I am a coffee-aholic.
(I need this put, btw)
And, by the number of funny coffee quotes I see everyday on Facebook, it seems over half the world is also.
Last week, while I was winding down for the night and checked my Twitter and Facebook one last time before bed, I came across an ad for one of the new fad diets. There seems to be an abundance of them this time of year. They suck those of us in that need to lose weight, like the bag of Halloween candy to the mom that needs to “check it” for safety.
This diet was nothing like those I had seen before. The food looked appetizing even though it was healthy, and on top of that, it was “liked” by a few people I have much respect for and who have even dropped noticeable weight over the last several months.
Then I saw it… an absolute non-negotiable point of contention.
There in black and white were the words “Coffee is toxic and keeps the body from flushing waste”.
No coffee! How could I exist without coffee? Well that did it!
That was the deciding factor. I wouldn’t need to be trying this new Wonder diet.
So I took it upon myself to look up all the reasons why this had to be wrong and here’s a few facts that I have found about how much good coffee can do for us.
- Reduces Depression
Now anyone who NEEDS their coffee in the morning can tell you this is the case. But did you know there is actual medical research that proves this? A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drink 4 or more cups of coffee were 20% less likely to suffer from depression. Now when you say you’re depressed and grumpy in the morning before you have your coffee, you can back it up with facts. Study link
- Reduces risk of Parkinson’s
Coffee drinkers are less likely to get Parkinson’s Disease than their siblings. There is even research done in Sweden that shows that drinking coffee reduces the risk of Parkinson’s even when there are genetic factors that run in the family. This interested me quite a bit as it runs in my family. study link
- Lower risk of Diabetes Type II
This is very good news for those of us who consumed 6 or more cups per day. We could have a 22% lower chance of getting diabetes. Studies show that coffee lowers the risk of type II diabetes; decreases by 9% for each daily cup of coffee consumed. Decaf. coffee decreased risk by 6% per cup if you can’t handle the caffeine. study link
- Coffee reduces risk of some cancers.
Even in moderation, coffee reduces the odds of getting Colon cancer by 26%. The safeguard seems to increase with the number of cups that are drunk per day. link There is also research that shows a reduction in Liver cancer. Studies show that drinking 1-3 cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of HHC liver cancer by 29%. Study
There is also some research that drinking coffee can lessen or protect against Melanoma. Coffee can reduce the risk of this, the worst of all skin cancers, with each cup of coffee we drink link
- Lessens risk of Alzheimer’s
This is a big one for myself and my husband. We are thinkers and love to study and learn new things. Alzheimer’s has always been a concern of his. There is quite a bit of evidence that caffeine may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. link
These are just a few reasons why drinking coffee is not only good, but good for you. Besides the benefits above, there’re further studies that coffee can lengthen a person’s life. See here. I don’t know about you, but after looking into the benefits of coffee, I’m more in love with coffee than ever.