Coffee might not instantly jump to mind when you think about healthy beverages, but according to everydayhealth.com, this popular pick-me-up has been found to actually have a lot of health benefits including:
1. This caffeinated beverage has most recently shown the ability to lower your risk of a detrimental liver disease – primary sclerosing cholangitis.
2. Coffee has been shown to decrease the risk of heart failure. Approximately four cups a day cut the risk of heart failure risk by 11 percent in one study, although the study showed no benefit at all if participants drank 5 or more daily cups. Four cups a day also appeared to reduce the mortality rate from cardiovascular disease, and lower your risk of heart disease by 20 percent.
Coffee’s antioxidants may have a protective effect, said Keri M. Gans, RDN, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
3. Everyday Health blogger and breast cancer survivor, Kathy-Ellen Kups says she started drinking coffee to improve her brain function after breast cancer treatment. She later found out that drinking coffee, combined with the drug Tamoxifen, may reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence.
Coffee has been linked to a reduced risk of ER-negative breast cancer, but also a reduced risk of breast cancer overall.
4. You might think coffee makes you crazy, but it can actually reduce stress. A recent study of stressed-out, sleep-deprived rats showed that even smelling coffee triggered a cell reaction that protected against stress-related damage. So the next time your job has you losing your mind, try grabbing a cup of coffee to relax.
5. It might not sound right, but coffee can actually prevent cavities. A 2002 study found that coffee has antibacterial activities that fight against cavity causing microorganisms. Caffeine was not found to play a role, so even decaf coffee can be a cavity fighter. This research was confirmed in a recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
6. People with a family history of Parkinson’s disease will be happy to find out that their coffee addiction may actually reduce their chances of developing the condition, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. The reason remains unclear, but scientists believe it has to do with caffeine acting on a gene, called GRIN2A, which has been linked to Parkinson’s disease.