coffee & health

The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee – Part 2 – Prevent Disease

In this series of articles, I’ve been discussing the health benefits of coffee. In the first article, I gave a brief overview of how coffee is the number one source for antioxidants known in the world. In this article I’m going to discuss another benefit of consuming coffee – reducing disease.

Recent medical research on coffee has shown that it can reduce the risk for certain health problems and diseases. Among these are colon cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes. Let’s take a look at each one of these individually.

Colon Cancer

It’s hard to believe that something as easy to procure and easy to make as coffee can reduce your risk for colon cancer. But it’s true. Drinking at least two or more cups of coffee a day is reported by researchers to reduce colon cancer by 25%. Why? Because coffee produces a highly potent antioxidant compound that boosts the activity of phase II enzymes, widely thought to protect against colon cancer.

Although it’s true that drinking regular, out of the pot coffee will in most cases reduce the risk of cancer, stronger coffee types are the best for doing so. Espresso-like blends have the necessary amount of compounds and chemicals to produce the kinds of antioxidants that will prevent the risk of colon cancer. More study needs to be done on this issue, but researchers generally agree that all forms of coffee will reduce your risk for colon cancer, even if it’s only slightly.

Parkinson’s Disease

Ever since Michael J. Fox and Mohammad Ali went public with their diagnoses of Parkinson’s Disease, this awful disease has been more prevalent in the public’s eye. In the case of coffee, the results for reducing Parkinson’s Disease are stunning. At least 6 studies indicate that people who drink coffee on a regular basis are up to 80% less likely to develop Parkinson’s. At least three of these studies show that the more coffee you drink, the less the risk.

Diabetes

Diabetes. Here’s a disease that affects millions of people around the world, with type 2 diabetes decried by medical researchers as the latest disease epidemic, surpassing obesity (which is actually a well-known cause of diabetes – funny how those two are related). As with colon cancer and Parkinson’s Disease, coffee is being hailed as a reducer of diabetes, both types.

Having 1 to 3 cups a day will reduce the risk of diabetes in men and women only in the single digits, but drinking 6 or more a day will reduce men’s risk by 54% and women’s by 40%, as opposed to people who don’t drink coffee at all.

Dutch researchers have actually discovered that certain compounds in coffee can aid the body’s metabolism of sugar, making diabetes a less debilitating disease, or preventing it altogether for people who don’t suffer from it.

By now it should be obvious that coffee is king when it comes to drinks with health benefits. In my opinion, coffee is another plant that should be considered a godsend, but man and coffee should enjoy a symbiosis unrivaled in other parts of nature. And with that, I’m off to pour another cup for myself. I hope you are too.

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