Is coffee good for you?

Coffee Health Benefits

Coffee Health Benefits

For many years it was widely publicised that drinking coffee could have a detrimental effect on your health. In the 1980’s, it was considered that in order to gain a healthy lifestyle and prolong life expectancy coffee should be completely avoided. The biggest myth surrounding coffee was that it had no health benefits whatsoever. In depth studies over recent years however have proven that earlier research was highly inaccurate in misjudging the health benefits of coffee.

The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published in May/June 2011 that coffee stimulates increased blood levels of GCSF (granulocyte colony stimulating factor), protecting the brain from dementia and degenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Many people who suffer with high blood pressure choose to avoid coffee believing that this may worsen their condition. However clinical trails have proven that this is not the case. Cardiologists from the University of California reviewed the 10 biggest clinical trials concluding there was no evidence that coffee increases the risk of heart problems.  A clinical study of 27,000 women supported their findings. These women were followed for a period of 15 years and with dramatic results, finding that the women who drank one to three cups of coffee a day actually reduced their risk of heart disease by 24%. Another study followed 155,000 nurses for a period of 12 years revealing that consumers of caffeine packed cola are more likely to develop a permanent case of high blood pressure yet the same wasn’t true in regular coffee drinkers. A possible explanation is thought to be the non-caffeine elements of coffee. Around 800 different compounds have been identified in coffee so far including a range of many powerful antioxidants.

A study carried out by The Division of Nutritional Epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute’s National Institute of Environmental Medicine published findings of reduced rates of diabetes and strokes in regular coffee drinkers. This long-term Swedish study followed 35,000 women and findings were published in an American Heart Association’s Journal named Stroke.

Myths about food, drink and health are endless including those about coffee. Ultimately there is far more good news than bad where coffee is concerned in terms of health. Coffee remains the largest most consumed beverage in the world next to water.

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