Coffee: The Human Fuel
Benefits of Coffee
Even though all of the headlines regarding the health benefits that you can get from a cup of coffee seem to change more often than some people change their clothes, here is what we know as of this writing.
Live Long and Prosper
Even though die hard coffee drinkers are also those who are more likely to have life shortening habits such as skimping on exercise, eating red meat and smoking than non-coffee drinkers are, people who are from age 50 through age 71 and drink at least a single cup each day actually lowered the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems when they were studied for over a decade. This may be chalked up to the beneficial antioxidants that are in the coffee as opposed to the caffeine because those who drank decaffeinated coffee had the exact same results.
Coffee is more than just your average, run of the mill pick me up. It has recently been linked to a risk of depression that is lower. This study was done by the Harvard School of Public Health and it tracked a massive 50,000 women for a period of 10 years. The women who drank more than four cups per day were found to be 20% less likely than women who drank less to develop depression.
Adding to that study, another one found that when adults drink 2 – 4 cups per day, they were only half as likely to attempt suicide as people who didn’t drink coffee at all or drank decaffeinated coffee. Researchers have since concluded that drinking coffee on a long term basis can boost the feel good hormones like dopamine.
When compared with other foods, most Americans who are coffee drinkers get the majority of their antioxidants from the coffee. This is according to a University of Scranton chemistry professor by the name of Joe Vinson, PhD. However, it is also a great source of acrylamide, which has a link to cancer that is currently being investigated.
The bottom line is that even though there are nay – sayers who will tell you that coffee is bad for you, it also has its good points.