Coffee is one of the most common beverages in the world. It can be prepared and presented in a variety of ways. Globally, coffee is consumed by an estimated 500 million people everyday. And most of the people consumes atleast 2-3 cups of coffee everyday. Even if its one of the favourite beverage of most of us many are unaware of the benefits of coffee apart from the fact that we drink it to get rid of sleepiness.
A cup of coffee in the morning may pack more than just an energy boost. Coffee is slightly acidic and can have a stimulating effect on humans because of its caffeine content.
The potential health benefits associated with drinking coffee include: protecting against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, liver cancer, and promoting a healthy heart. It is found that atleast 3 cups of coffee can have some really significant benefits to your health.
1. Lowers the risk of liver cirrhosis
It lowers the risk of liver cirrhosis by upto 80%. 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. In addition, coffee consumption can lower the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver for alcohol drinkers by 22%. The researchers suggested that drinking two or more cups of coffee every day can reduce the risk of death from liver cirrhosis by 66%. 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. Studies claims that coffee is good for health and particularly the liver.
2. Risk reduction in cases of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
Further, it has also been found that there is 33% to 65% risk reduction in cases of Alzheimer’s 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”.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 journalNeurology.
3. Reduce risk of 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.
4. Protects against heart failure
Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard School of Public Health, concluded thatdrinking coffee in moderation protects against heart failure. They defined ‘in moderation’ as 2 European cups (equivalent to two 8-ounce American servings) per day. People who drank four European cups on a daily basis had an 11% lower risk of heart failure, compared to those who did not. The authors stressed that their results “did show a possible benefit, but like with so many other things we consume, it really depends on how much coffee you drink.”
5. Burns Body Fat
Coffee helps to mobilize fat from Fat tissue. Caffeine stimulate the central nervous system which sends direct signals to fat cells and tell these cells to breakdown. It also increase the blood level of hormone epinephrine, This epinephrine travels through the blood. to the fat tissues and tell them to breakdown the fats and release them into the blood. Caffeine can shock the metabolic rate and then it increases the fat burning property.