Does Coffee Offer Any Health Benefits? The Answer Is Yes!

Does Coffee Offer Any Health Benefits? The Answer Is Yes!

By Rock Me Coffee

One of the biggest questions that coffee drinkers have is if it has any health benefits and the answer to this question is a resounding yes!

Besides being an excellent drink that you can rely on to give you a little boost of energy first thing in the morning, coffee offers major health benefits including the following:

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1) Coffee and diabetes

Coffee may help protect against type 2 diabetes. Researchers at UCLA identified that drinking coffee increases plasma levels of the protein sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG controls the biological activity of the body’s sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) which play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.4

Dr. Simin Liu, one of the authors of the study, said that an “inverse association” exists between coffee consumption and risk for type 2 diabetes.

Increased coffee consumption may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes – the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers gathered data from three studies. In these studies, the diets of the participants were evaluated using questionnaires every 4 years, with participants who reported having type 2 diabetes filling out additional questionnaires. In total, 7,269 study participants had type 2 diabetes.

The researchers found that the participants who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day (on average, an increase of 1.69 cups per day) over a 4-year period had an 11% lower type 2 diabetes risk over the subsequent 4 years, compared with people who did not change their intake.

2) Coffee and Parkinson’s disease

Researchers in the U.S. carried out a study that assessed the link between coffee consumption and Parkinson’s disease risk. The authors of the study concluded that “higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease”.5

In addition, caffeine in coffee may help control movement in people suffering from Parkinson’s, according to a study conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) that was published in the journal Neurology.6

3) Coffee and liver cancer

Italian researchers found that coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. In addition, some of the results suggest that if you drink three cups a day, the risks are reduced by more than 50%.7

The lead author of the study, Dr. Carlo La Vecchia, from Milan’s Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, said “our research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health and particularly the liver.”

4) Coffee and liver disease

Regular consumption of coffee is linked to a reduced risk of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare autoimmune disease of the bile ducts in the liver.8

In addition, coffee consumption can lower the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver for alcohol drinkers by 22%, according to a study at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, California, USA.

 The authors of the study concluded that the results “support the hypothesis that there is an ingredient in coffee that protects against cirrhosis, especially alcoholic cirrhosis.”9

Research published in the journal Hepatology in April 2014, suggested that drinking coffee is linked to a decreased liver cirrhosis death risk. The researchers suggested that drinking two or more cups of coffee every day can reduce the risk of death from liver cirrhosis by 66%.16

A study published in the journal Hepatology indicates that drinking decaf coffee also lowers liver enzyme levels, suggesting the benefits are not linked to caffeine content.

Coffee And Food Pairings

Are you like some people who want to drink coffee but would prefer to enjoy a cup of coffee with food in the morning? If so, there are a wife variety of foods that you can pair coffee with including the following:

Beignets – Oh good lord, do we love Cafe Du Monde, the New Orleanian temple to laten-night milky coffee and fried powder sugar dough. Our May 2011 visit still haunts the sugary dreams of Your Sprudge Editors, who long, deep in their bones, to return to #MamaNOLA someday soon. Arguably the greatest coffee and food pairing, owing to magic that happens whilst dunking your beignet into all that urn-brewed chicory drip. Good right down to the last sugar-sludge sip!

Coffee Cake – So focused is this foodstuff on being paired with coffee, you can’t order one without implicitly mentioning the other. You’ve probably got your own desert (or is it dessert?) island slice of coffee cake in mind, but for us, our favorite is made by the fine folks at Glo’s Cafe in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Not too flakey, not too sweet, perfectly glutenous and available at 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Plain cake donut – You can dunk any donut, really, but there’s perhaps none more satisfying to merge with coffee than the good old fashioned plain cake. Our personal favorite? You can’t go wrong with a trip to Randy’s Donuts in Los Angeles, a mid-century architectural icon that was the basis for “Lard Lad” donuts on The Simpsons. As if to beckon all who visit, Randy’s much-loved giant donut sign is clearly visible on descent into LAX.

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