Disease Prevention and Risk Reduction
Coffee beans contain disease-ravaging antioxidants, called quinines, which become more potent after roasting. According to an American Chemical Society news release, coffee is the leading source of antioxidants in American diets — in part because we drink a ton of it.
Studies have shown coffee may reduce cavities, boost athletic performance, improve moods and stop headaches. It may also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, liver cancer, gall stones, cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson’s disease.
A 2010 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported on the blood markers of inflammation and oxidation, processes linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. When coffee drinkers began drinking coffee again after a one month break, the markers declined and their HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) increased.
A 2009 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that, for every cup of coffee consumed daily, there was a 7 percent reduction in the risk of diabetes.
A 2010 study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research in Houston reported that men with the highest coffee intake were 60 percent less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer than non-coffee drinkers.
Several studies show that the antioxidants in coffee offer protection against disease of the liver and colon and Parkinson’s disease.
A recent Canadian study found that as coffee drinking increased, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease decreased.
Coffee might have anti-cancer properties. In 2005, researchers found that coffee drinkers were 50% less likely to get liver cancer than non-drinkers. A few studies have found ties to lower rates of colon, breast, and rectal cancers.
Diabetics should use caution when drinking coffee with caffeine. Although the antioxidants in coffee have a positive effect on blood sugar, caffeine tends to spike blood sugar.
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