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The Unexpected Health Benefits of Coffee

Millions of people drink coffee daily, swearing by its power to energize them throughout the week. Savoring a fresh cup of this ambrosial substance comprises one of life’s biggest little pleasures, but, more often than not, it’s considered a guilty one.

When so much conflicting research exists regarding the effects of coffee, it’s no wonder we ignore its health benefits. But who says you have to measure out your life with coffee spoons when evidence suggests coffee not only serves as an energy-booster but has healing properties as well?

Coffee is by no means the best medicine and, of course, is no replacement for proper medical care, but it has a myriad of possible health benefits if consumed in moderation. Here are a few:

  • The antioxidants found in roasted coffee can theoretically help to ward off many forms of cancer, especially that of the liver but including the prostate and kidney, among other well- and lesser-known types.
  • Coffee could be salutary for the heart and overall health since extensive scientific evidence reveals coffee lowers rates of heart arhythmias and may aid in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
  • The caffeine in coffee can raise an individual’s metabolism, and can enhance athletic performance in some people.
  • Some studies suggest the chance of developing dementia or, in women, having a stroke is reduced with coffee intake.
  • Apparently, but inexplicably, coffee-consumption also is linked to a lower risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease.
  • Coffee appears to help with gout.  Studies show that coffee drinkers who consumed at least four cups daily had lower levels of uric acid.
  • Metabolism in general also benefits from coffee intake with the increase in good bacteria it produces.
  • Studies have indicated that the caffeine in coffee can improve mood and brain function.

Perhaps the most important benefit of coffee is the overall sense of well-being you experience when you take that first sip of hot coffee in the morning.  And let’s face it; nothing is as appealing as the smell of fresh-made coffee brewing.  In fact, when it comes to office breakroom supplies, coffee is what most employees say they can’t live without!  As is always the case, moderation is the key.  To keep your coffee as healthy as possible, try not to add a lot of extra sugar to it.  But when it comes right down to it, if you are dying for a cup of coffee, the best thing to do is pour yourself one!