In the U.S., there are on average 100 million coffee drinkers, but is drinking coffee actually good for you?
Recent studies show that coffee is in fact good for you. Drinking coffee can help prevent type two diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s and back pain as well. But for every good thing, there is often a downfall.
There are times where coffee can be bad for you, and it depends on your genetics and how you make your coffee. A huge study in South Korea of about 25,000 coffee drinkers shows that drinking about three to five cups a day can reduce the risk of coronary artery calcium. Coronary artery calcium is a test that looks for specks of calcium in the walls of the heart arteries.
Four cups of coffee a day has been proven to reduce the risk of getting melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer, but it has to be caffeinated. Another recent study shows that drinking four to six cups of coffee daily can reduce the risk of getting multiple sclerosis, and so did drinking a lot of it over a span of five to ten years. For those with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, coffee could be neuroprotective, which means it could be suppressing the production of inflammatory markers in the brain.
Lower Risk of having Cancer?
Before you go and drink your favorite cup of coffee, a standard cup of is 5 to 8 ounces, not one of those 24 ounce monsters you get from Starbucks. Health professionals at Harvard conducted a Follow-Up Study in 1984 as well as a Nurses’ Health Study in 1976. They have been studying the consumption habits of healthy men and women ever since.
Dr. Rob van Dam of Harvard’s School of Health writes, “We did not find any relationship between coffee consumption and increased risk of death from any cause, death from cancer, or death from cardiovascular disease. Even people who drank up to six cups of coffee per day were at no higher risk of death.”
A longer life? Previous studies on coffee didn’t always factor in serious health habits of people who drank coffee such as smoking and a lack of physical activity. Coffee drinkers today don’t really fit into that mold, and scientists are more likely than ever to test for these habits in their results.
Things to Consider Before Drinking Coffee:
- If you have issues with sleep or uncontrolled diabetes, ask your doctor first before adding coffee to your diet
- Drinking coffee might increase hot flashes in women
- For pregnant women, you are most likely to miscarry and might restrict the growth of your baby. Doctors recommend that you only have one cup coffee per day during your pregnancy.
- Use the paper coffee filters, it catches the cafestol in your coffee grounds
So will you drink more or less coffee knowing there can be health benefits? Let us know in the comments.