5 Health Benefits of Coffee

If not over consumed, coffee isn’t bad for you. Here are 5 health benefits of coffee.

1. Coffee Reduces the Risk of Diabetes

Researchers found, people who drink four to six cups of coffee per day, lowered their risk for Type 2 diabetes by almost 30 percent. You are probably saying, wow that is too much caffeine! No worries, because caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees provide much of the same benefits.

2. Coffee Improves Memory and Cognition

According to research from the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psycho-biology, people who drink caffeinated coffee in the morning performed better than nondrinkers on tests that involved learning new information. I wish I knew this when I was taking my SAT.

3. Coffee Lowers Risk of Developing Parkinson’s Disease

According to Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, drinking a few cups of coffee a day could lower the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by as much as 25 percent.

4. Coffee Fights Free Radicals

Coffee is a plant, and like all plant foods, the coffee beans contains substances called phytochecmicals. These phytochecmicals contain antioxidants which protect the cells from damage from free radicals, and may help prevent disease.

5. Coffee Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer

Men who drink six cups of coffee a day have a 60 percent less chance of developing a dangerous form of prostate cancer, as well as a 20 percent less chance of developing any kind of prostate cancer. Remember caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees provided much of the same results. Be very careful NOT to overdose on caffeine.

Tip: The coffee plant is one of the most heavily sprayed crops. It potentially can be coated with chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides, which are all things you don’t want to be ingesting. If you drink coffee, make sure that it is organic!

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