Coffee’s Amazing Health Benefits

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How many times did you hear about coffee being ‘bad for you’?  For decades we have been bombarded by that very message.  Luckily for coffee lovers everywhere, the past few years, and as recent as last week, have unveiled the truth…COFFEE IS GOOD FOR YOU!  From what I’ve studied, the benefits of drinking coffee far outweigh any potential negatives.  This video talks about some of the highlights of recent studies.  Did you know that
drinking coffee can prevent Alzheimer’s, dementia, cancer, and even boost endurance and brain function?  Below is a collection of just some of the stuff I’ve found recently.  You could spend days or weeks finding even more great news about the health benefits of drinking coffee.  The bottom line is that a multitude of highly respected health professionals are saying that we should not feel guilty about enjoying multiple cups of coffee per day, and it is even ‘good’ for us!

CANCER

  • “Coffee contains over 2,000 different chemical components, including cancer fighting anti oxidants.”
    D. Hensrud; Mayo Clinic
  • %12 reduction in risk of development of head & neck cancers just for being a coffee drinker (2)

  • %33 reduction in risk of head & neck cancers for those who drink 4+ cups per day! (2)
  • %60 reduced chances of developing prostate cancer for men who drink 6+ cups of coffee per day! (3)
  • Women who drink 2+ cups per day see a reduction in the risk of uterine cancer. (3)
  • “Coffee intake is associated with a reduced risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer” D. Hensrud; Mayo Clinic

AGING

  • Recent studies show that drinking 5 cups of coffee per day protects the brain and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • A recent Finnish study, spanning decades, showed that those who drink 3-5 cups of coffee every day in their 40s and 50s, have a reduced incidence of developing Alzheimer’s disease in their 70’s by about %70!! (4)
  • 6 studies have indicated that you may be up to %80 less likely to get Parkinson’s disease if you enjoy coffee daily (10)
  • %50 reduced incidents of gallstones

PERFORMANCE

  • High doses of caffeine increase muscle power and endurance by about %6 (5)
  • A study conducted last month indicates that those who drink coffee have better job performance than non-coffee drinkers (11)

DIABETES

  • A recent women’s study found that those who drink coffee were %22 less likely to develop diabetes than those who do not drink coffee.  The same benefit was realized with decaf. (6)
  • A study of men found that they were %54 less likely to get diabetes if they drank 6 cups of coffee daily (10)

I am not a doctor, nor do I even play one on TV, but this is what I’ve read, and I’ve included links to the specific stories.  I encourage you to ask your own health care professional if you have additional questions regarding any of the information provided.  I will likely expand on this topic and add to it in the future.  There is a century of bad information to combat, and I’m pretty sure this little post won’t eliminate the years of bad teaching all by itself! 😉

In other coffee news…

Have you ever been approached by some goofball trying to sell you instant coffee that is not only supposed to taste delicious, but also boost your libido?  Well, sadly I have…many times.  The product is called “Magic Power Coffee” and they market themselves as being a coffee and an aphrodisiac…well neither appear to be true.  This week the FDA studied this scammy product and found that it contained a drug called hydroxythiohomosildenafil, a drug that is used to treat erectile dysfunction.  This was not included on the list of ingredients, and if it had been, would’ve been illegal to sell person to person.  So I suppose the “Magic” in this glorified Sanka is not really magic at all.  In fact, it could be deadly for those taking the swill while being on nitrate meds.  If you turned your nose up at these bums, like I did many times, feel proud of yourself!

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  • mikecrimmins

    “Apparently it wasn't magic” Best line of the video! Made me LOL

    Anyways, another great and informative video. I'll admit that I learned a few things.

    • I knew about some of the studies, but things like a %60 reduced rate of prostate cancer makes me proud to drink lots of coffee 😀 Thanks for checking out the vid, and leaving a comment!

  • mikecrimmins

    And thanks for the shout out! When the temperature hits 90, Fraps are a must down here.

  • I knew about some of the studies, but things like a %60 reduced rate of prostate cancer makes me proud to drink lots of coffee 😀 Thanks for checking out the vid, and leaving a comment!

  • Tcashin07

    Great idea for a show. Drinking more coffee would likely be especially beneficial to those who have a diet low in fiber (as 50% of americans supposedly do).
    I was real pleased to hear about the Alzheimer's / cognitive function studies a month ago. The findings of the group of researchers were extremely well supported and very conclusive, which is hardly always the case when scientific findings are hyped up by the media.

    The protective Parkinsons effect makes me curious as to whether this suggests a subtle universal effect on the dopamine system in all drinkers.. Parkinsons is caused by dysfunction in Dopamine production, which is important in the movement and the sensation of pleasure among other things.
    If coffee drinkers have higher or more-stable levels of dopamine (possibly the mechanism that causes the reduction in Parkinsons), then perhaps coffee drinkers live happier or more enjoyable lives by some measure 🙂
    I'm tempted to track that paper down and see what the proposed mechanism is, when i've got more time

  • Hello Nate I love the backgroud. I lost the link to view your video on a slow connection. I read through the topic and pearsonaly I do love the pros and cons but this is such a common topic it is over advertized. I drink great coffee because I love it. I love the feeling of excitement when I go to get another cup because the great aftertaste of the one before is drawing me there.

    P.S. Its good for me to.

  • Very Interesting especially the info on alzheimers and diabetes. Thanks! I will be sure to pass it along.

  • Nice article. There was a report on NPR last week saying that coffee is good for your brain. There was another piece saying that tea is good for your heart.

    As good as coffee is for you, the overly sweetened stuff you get at the big coffee chains is REALLY bad for you (or at least your waist line!) I created a free tool that shows you just how fat coffee makes you. I put the link in my name, so if you click that it'll take you to the application.

    Raza

  • Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment! I love all of this new research coming out that proclaims the health benefits of REAL coffee 🙂 Some of the studies are so new, they don't know exactly what it is in the coffee that produces some of these results, but some day we will know. There are thousands of different compounds in coffee. It may take them a while to narrow it down.

  • Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment! I love all of this new research coming out that proclaims the health benefits of REAL coffee 🙂 Some of the studies are so new, they don't know exactly what it is in the coffee that produces some of these results, but some day we will know. There are thousands of different compounds in coffee. It may take them a while to narrow it down.

  • Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment! I love all of this new research coming out that proclaims the health benefits of REAL coffee 🙂 Some of the studies are so new, they don't know exactly what it is in the coffee that produces some of these results, but some day we will know. There are thousands of different compounds in coffee. It may take them a while to narrow it down.

  • I drink coffee because I love the taste too, but there are still MILLIONS of those who think of coffee as a 'bad' thing. I gathered some of the latest research and shared it here. It will take much more than a few blog posts to combat the ages of incorrect teaching!

  • Thank you for commenting and watching!!

  • There are new studies coming out all of the time that exalt the health benefits of coffee, and I love it! Of course, the studies involve regular black coffee, not a mocha frappe chino whippy creamy! lol

  • LOL… yeah, black coffee is really the way to go.

    By the way, if you'd like I can send you the embed code for my coffee calorie widget. I'm sending it out to a few coffee and weight loss bloggers.

    Let me know if you think your readers would like it.

    Best,
    Raza

  • interesting about Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes..who knew? thanks for the info!

  • Great post. People are always amazed at the health benefits of coffee. 🙂

  • heard coffee is actually good for u so I must be doing something right love coffee

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  • Anonymous

    Coffee has so many health benefits. Coffee is basically a great energy booster. Coffee might have anti-cancer properties. Coffee seems to protect men against Parkinson’s disease.

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  • Anonymous

    Coffee is my favourite drink. There are some health benefits of coffee. I am really impressed by your information. I always get energy when drinking coffee. 

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    • It is my pleasure to provide sound information on the health benefits of coffee!  Not only does it taste great, but it also provides many useful benefits 🙂

  • The comment left by Tcashin07 is correct. Studies have shown that drinking coffee pumps up dopamine levels in the body and will therefore cause a sense of happiness among coffee drinkers.