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Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee
 
The Good benefits of drinking coffee.
The evidence of scientific studies imply that regular coffee drinking may offer a substantial protection against many conditions including type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson's disease and brain tumor, and even increase the longevity. The health benefits of drinking coffee on a regular basis are associated with both caffeine and other coffee's ingredients, in first place powerful antioxidants which explains why people who drink decaffeinated coffee can benefit from consumption of coffee as well.

The majority of studies about health benefits of coffee have shown that the beverage reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. The coffee's ability to lower blood sugar levels is believed to be due to high content of powerful antioxidants as well as minerals such as chromium and magnesium which improve the use of insulin which in turn regulates glucose (blood sugar). The evidence for cancer prevention are not as strong as for diabetes but most of the studies that were conducted so far have shown that regular coffee drinking may reduce the risk of liver cancer, colon cancer and rectal cancer. At the same time, the beverage has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of liver cirrhosis, gall stones, dental caries and a type of brain tumor known as glioma.

Very exiting are also results of the effects of coffee on dementia including Alzheimer’s disease. Coffee has been known to improve cognitive function and memory for a long time but a recent study that was conducted in Sweden and Finland has also shown that coffee drinkers are 65% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than people who do not drink coffee, while the evidence also suggest that coffee reduces the risk of Parkinson's disease.

How much coffee is necessary to drink to prevent the above mentioned conditions remains unknown but as far as diabetes and cancer are concerned higher amounts tend to be more effective. However, drinking too much coffee can be harmful, especially if being sensitive to caffeine. Drinking coffee in moderate amounts, on the other hand, does not seem to cause any harmful effects in otherwise healthy people. Precaution is necessary if having a medical condition, if being pregnant or breast-feeding, or if taking any medications because caffeine may interact with certain medications and supplements. Please consult with your doctor if you are not sure whether you are allowed to drink coffee or not.

It always seems in life that there is a flip side to everything and that holds true to coffee.
Coffee drinking has been blamed for many health problems for many years. Its main ingredient – caffeine has been shown to raise blood pressure and cholesterol levels, interfere sleep and even increase the risk of heart disease and stroke in some people, while caffeine-sensitive individuals can experience a variety of side effects including restlessness, insomnia, irritability, nervousness and increased heart rate. In addition, caffeine causes a mild addiction and can result in withdrawal headache if skipping the usual morning dose. However, more than two decades of research and several thousands of studies on the effects of coffee drinking on health have shown that regular coffee drinking is not all bad. In fact, most scientific studies have shown that regular coffee drinking offers a number of health benefits and that the benefits outweigh the risks in most people.

 

Note: this article is for information purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose or give advise about any type of medical problem or condition. Always consult a doctor or physician before starting, changing or doing anything different.

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