Coffee – The “Devil’s Drink” or Good For Your Health?

For many years, doctors have warned us about the negative effects of coffee.

We’ve heard how it can encourage ulcers, heart disease and Osteoporosis.

We’ve also heard how it can be beneficial to our health. Plus, it tastes soooooo darn goooood.

So which is it — good or bad for you?

Celebration time…

If you’re a coffee lover, I’m about to make your day – because a number of recent studies indicate that coffee may not be the ‘devil’s drink’ after all.

In fact, it’s beginning to look like coffee— in moderation—may have a number of previously unrecognised health benefits.

Whoop whoop!

So put the kettle on and let’s jump into a quick summary of the benefits of your daily cuppa.

Type 2 Diabetes

A 2010 study has revealed that coffee consumption encourages a protective effect against type 2 diabetes.

Cancer: colon, liver + kidney

A Japanese study found those who drank a cup of coffee daily, had about half the risk of liver cancer, than people who never drank it. Reduced rates of colon cancer in women and kidney cancer have also been linked to the anti-oxidant-packed little bean.

Stroke

A 2011 study found that women who drank more than one cup of coffee per day had about a 25% lower risk of stroke than women who didn’t drink any.

Parkinson’s

Coffee significantly cuts your risk of Parkinson’s disease. In fact, coffee is so preventative against Parkinson’s that drug companies are designing experimental drugs that mimic coffee’s benefits.

Gastrointestinal Flora

A study in 2009 showed coffee produced an increase in the metabolic activity and numbers of Bifidobacterium. These are the ‘good guys’ in bacteria world. Typically, the closer you are to your healthy weight, the more of these guys you have in your tummy, and if you’re overweight, chances are, you have very few of these good guys in yours.

Alzheimer’s

A 2011 study revealed that coffee protects you from Alzheimer’s disease.

Good or good?!

As in all things, moderation is the key. If you already drink a cup of coffee each day, these studies indicate you should keep doing what you’re doing.

However, if you frequently find yourself starring at the rafters every night, feeling anxious or irritable and you’re drinking, say, four to seven cups of coffee a day — you might want to moderate your daily dose.

As always, thanks for reading. I’m off to put the kettle on…

Love etc, Avril

PS: We all have our little habits – some support good health, some, not so much. If you know you’ve got some habits that are keeping you unhealthy, hypnotherapy can help. Together, let’s get you to the shape and size you choose to be. C’mon over – let’s chat

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