Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Why You Should Drink Coffee

Some love it black, while others enjoy it more with some milk and sugar. The truth is we all love coffee. Coffee gives us the energy we need to get through the day, keep us warm in during the chilly months and most of all, coffee tastes nicer than a glass of water.

With all this goodness in a cup, is coffee healthy for you? Warm the kettle, because here are seven reasons you need to be drinking more coffee:

Reduce your risk of getting diabetes: Drinking four cups of coffee a day can reduce your risk of getting type one diabetes by up to fifty percent. The good news is that it doesn’t stop there, for every additional cup of coffee; you will further reduce your risk by seven percent. Furthermore, every cup of coffee you drink will lower your risk of obtaining type two diabetes. And any additional cups will reduce the risk by stacked percentages.

Reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia: Medical practioners recently conducted a study on the link between drinking coffee and obtaining alzheimer’s or dementia. The results showed that people who drink three to four cups of coffee a day had a significantly less chance of getting alzheimer’s or dementia.

Reduce your risk of getting breast cancer: The latest research on breast cancer shows that drinking coffee can reduce breast cancer in post-menopausal woman. To reduce your risk, the researchers recommended a high intake of coffee, more than five cups of coffee a day.

Reduce your risk of getting Parkinson’s disease:  A recent medical study conducted on twenty-five British citizens has revealed that drinking two to three cups of coffee can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease by twenty-five percent.

Reduce your risk of getting Prostate Cancer: A 2011 study done on fifty thousand men found that men who drank six or more cups of coffee a day has a sixty percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, and those who drank three cups a day had a thirty percent lower risk. It is not the caffeine that cuts the cancer, but rather phenolic acids and antioxidant activity that cuts cancer risk. Therefore, drinking caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee still reduces the risk of prostate cancer.

Reduce your risk of becoming depressed: The more coffee you drink, the less depressed you are likely to be. A study conducted on fifty thousand women between the ages of thirty-five and fifty years old revealed that those who drank two to three cups a day were fifteen percent less likely to be depressed.

Reduce your risk of having a stroke: People are sixteen percent less likely to have a stroke if they drink coffee. The antioxidants in coffee are said to protect the brains blood vessels from cholesterol and prevents blood clots forming in the brain.

So next time you are feeling cold or looking for something to drink, reach for the coffee machine. Not only will it taste better than water, coffee can also improve your overall health.

I am Greg Jones, a sports lover, fitness guy and food fundi. I love nothing more than waking up to a hot cup of coffee, preferably an espresso deluxe, as it gives the kick I need to get going in the morning.


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