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The Surprising Benefits of Coffee

The Surprising Benefits of Coffee

When interviewing the awesome food bloggers for our book, Foodies! Your Guide to Healthy Living, we discovered that we share more in common than a love for natural food. Surprisingly, we also all share a love for coffee and include it among our pantry staples, which we went on to combine and share in the book. We then got curious and wanted to learn a bit more about coffee. And as you can see from this week’s blog picture, at Modern Kid's Design, it’s a genuine interest.  :-)

We're sure you'd agree, we didn’t need Harvard to tell us that coffee is good for us, but it sure helps to justify that daily cup (or more…) of java. If you don’t quite feel yourself until you’ve had that first sip, read on to learn more about the benefits of coffee. Feel free to brew a cup while reading, too!

In a 2015 article for the Harvard Gazette, Alvin Powell shared some surprising findings from Harvard researchers studying coffee. The beverage has been a popular study subject, which makes sense since so many of us start our days by imbibing a hot cup of joe.

Coffee, The Cancer Stopper?

While further research will be needed to support current findings, so far, studies have shown that drinking coffee may help protect against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s. And it’s not all about the caffeine. Sure, coffee is a popular pick-me-up because of its high caffeine content, but it’s also full of antioxidants and vitamin B3. Plus, coffee has trigonelline, which is a natural cavity fighter. (That’s right, while coffee is known to stain our pearly whites, it’s also helping fight those cavity-causing bacteria.)

Coffee may be sounding pretty wonderful right now, and there’s more. Further research is needed, however, links have been found to suggest that coffee may improve blood pressure and reduce the risks of certain types of cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and a particular type of prostate cancer. Additional research shows that coffee may lower the level of liver enzymes, protecting against liver cancer and cirrhosis.

Add to all of this the fact that coffee’s caffeine boost can jumpstart your adrenaline to help you power through a hard workout and another cup is probably sounding pretty good about now.

If you’re a decaf drinker, don’t worry! The benefits of coffee still stand (minus the caffeine adrenaline boost) since most of the benefits are related to coffee’s other components, namely the antioxidants like chlorogenic acid.

Should You Drink More Coffee?

So should you commit to drinking more coffee for your health? Well, that’s up to you, though, it seems another cup or two probably won’t hurt. While some research clearly shows positive benefits, others require more study. Thankfully, with so many java fans out there, we’re likely to learn more about the benefits of coffee soon.

Now, coffee isn’t everyone’s, well, cup of tea. If you aren’t a fan of the bean, no need to go grab a venti for the health benefits, tea also has plenty of benefits (which you can check out here) in one of our earlier posts found in our blog archives. As always, thanks for reading and feel free to reach out if there is something you'd like us to write about on the blog.