A New Study Confirms Coffee Contributes to Better Health, But Why?
This is splendid news if you are among the 108 million Americans who wake up to the smell of coffee each day.
The Science Behind Why Coffee Is Helpful
Scientist’s latest research and data suggests your morning java is a great source of antioxidants and an effective mood enhancer. However, this statement alone does not explain why coffee is so good for you. Coffee activates the NRF2 protein within our cells and triggers antioxidant survival enzymes from within our survival genes, which is why it is now considered such a powerful antioxidant by many in the health and wellness community.
BENEFITS: Did You Know?
We have grown up hearing and believing that coffee, a perfect drink to kick-start a person’s morning, is more of a guilty pleasure and a health evil at worst. But today as the researchers are coming up with more and more scientific data that brings in more clarity, coffee is turning out to be a health elixir of the highest magnitude. Besides keeping you alert and awake, coffee not only provides excellent protection for the heart, but also coffee may help lower the risk of several types of cancers, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson’s disease. The caffeinated bitter drink may also reduce cavities, improve moods, and stop headaches and boost athletic performance, according to a new study at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source, even more than your green tea, according to the American Chemical Society.
Antioxidants, in general, have been linked to some potential health benefits. The antioxidant content of more than 100 different food items was analyzed by Vinson and his associates. The data was compared to an existing U.S. Department of Agricultural database. Coffee came out on top based on the combined basis of both antioxidants per serving size and frequency of consumption.
Vanderbilt University Says More Healthful Than Harmful
The study conducted by Tomas DePaulis from Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Coffee Studies revealed that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful. The good outweighs the bad when it comes to coffee, and the studies have shown that regular coffee drinkers can reduce:
Risk of Colon cancer by 25%
Risk of Cirrhosis of the liver by 80%
Risk of gallstones in half
Risk of rectal cancer in half
Risk of Parkinson’s disease by 80%
Weight Loss and Alzheimer’s
The disease-ravaging antioxidant in coffee beans is called quinine. These antioxidants have also been shown to fight potentially obesity and aid in losing weight. Few researchers suggest that coffee’s mind-stimulating effects may be helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers are cautious about making public health claims about coffee because of its caffeine content and the negative press related to caffeine and sugary drinks. However, the source of caffeine makes all the difference, and there are enough reasons why it is certainly safe to keep drinking your delicious cup of coffee. Just be sure to keep your intake moderate.
Reader – Do you drink coffee? If so, does this article make you feel better about drinking coffee in moderation?