Coffee had earned a bad reputation in the past as experts vilified caffeine as bad for the health. However, recent studies found coffee or caffeine in coffee to be more beneficial for various health reasons. On the other hand, smokers who are in their process of quitting smoking may have valid reasons to minimize or even avoid it because it can trigger the cravings to smoke.
Moreover, still, there are certain conditions wherein coffee doesn’t fit at all or at least, minimize its consumption including people with high blood sugar level and high blood pressure and pregnant women. If you fall among these categories of people, minimize coffee consumption or best ask your healthcare provider for proper guidance as to how much coffee is safe for consumption. Before we delve into the good stuff of coffee, let’s first take a quick history about the different names coffee has including java, joe, and the various types of coffee like espresso, latte, cappuccino and americano.
Howard Schultz, Founder and Chairman of Starbucks Coffee, Co. said that coffee is one of the romantic beverages our time. You can learn more of that towards the end of the article through a documentary about coffee.
Now that you know some of the quick info on coffee, and although it’s not good for certain conditions mentioned, don’t feel guilty of having your cup of joe every morning. If you didn’t fall any of the mentioned conditions, why not enjoy coffee indulgence as long as it’s really beyond your limit. One study by JNCI found people who drink 4 or more cups of java daily can lower risk of melanoma by up to 20% compare to those who drink less of it.
Additionally, coffee provided it is a good quality that contains a high level of antioxidants. In fact, some researchers it is helpful for men with erectile dysfunction and eventually improved a man’s sexual health, so having a cup of Joe prior to penile pumping routine can be a good idea. Plus caffeine may also have significant protective effect for certain health conditions such as the ones mentioned below.
1. BREAST CANCER
Women who drink Scandinavian boiled coffee, which chemically resembles French press and Turkish/Greek coffee, more than four times a day run a lower risk of developing breast cancer than women who drink coffee less than once a day. This is shown by Lena Nilsson and her associates…
….Among women who drank boiled coffee more than four times a day, there was a lowered risk of breast cancer compared with women who drank coffee less than once a day. Among women who drank filtered coffee, there was an increased risk for early breast cancer (under 49 years old) and a decreased risk for late breast cancer (over 55 years old). Boiled-coffee drinkers, but not filtered-coffee drinkers, also had an increased risk of pancreatic cancer and lung cancer among men.
Another study found that women who consumed higher amount of coffee have significant decrease in ER (estrogen receptor) negative breast cancer among postmenopausal women.
A study published in the Journal of Stroke found that people who consumed higher amounts of caffeine from either green tea or coffee each day have a lower risk of suffering from a stroke.
In 2014, a study by Harvard found people who consumed more than a cup of Joe over a period of 4 years showed an 11% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers also found lowering the amount of coffee consumption by cup each day showed a 17% increase in a risk of type 2 diabetes.
4. TOOTH DECAY
One study conducted back in 2009 and published in the Journal of Conservative Dentistry concluded that black coffee when consumed without any additives can help in the prevention of dental caries. Therefore, it’s truly a good idea to drink your coffee black without any unhealthy additives like sugar that can negate coffee’s many benefits. Black coffee might taste strong for many, but drinking a little more often makes it tastes even better and healthier.
However, this does not mean drinking black coffee it’s OK to ignore other dental hygiene. Don’t do that! Instead, make coffee an additional means of dental care.
Additionally, a meta-analysis of observational studies conducted last July 2015 concluded;
…results from this meta-analysis suggested that the higher coffee consumption might reduce the risk of oral cancer, especially in Europe.
5. PARKINSON’S DISEASE
There are experts who agreed that Parkinson’s disease is genetic. However, there are studies conducted that brought very promising results to people with a history of Parkinson’s disease in the family.
One of the studies conducted back in 2007 found people with family history of Parkinson’s who drink coffee have a lower risk of developing this crippling neurological condition. Another study conducted earlier back in 2000 found the protective and positive effects of caffeine. This particular research found a considerably lower incident of PD among subjects who consumed a higher amount of caffeine.
Sometimes even by just smelling the scent of coffee can energize a sleepy morning. As it turns out, this is no fancy imagination as one study published in Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that simply by smelling coffee can trigger certain gene activity that protects nerve cells against damage related to stress. At least, they’ve done this experiment on sleep-deprived and stressed-out rats. The aroma of the coffee tends to minimize the negative effects of sleep deprivation to the body.
7. HEART DISEASE
One study published in BMJ found that 3 to 4 cups of daily coffee consumption results to lower risk of developing clogged arteries, which is an indicator of a heart disease. Additionally, a different study that monitored 27,000 women over a period of 15 years found those who consumed to 3 cups of coffee daily during their postmenopausal have a lower risk of inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases.
There’s no doubt that coffee provided it’s from quality beans and consume pure black without unhealthy additives like sugar and artificial sweeteners can have positive impacts on various health aspects in the body. Therefore, it is vital to start drinking your coffee today pure black. Sure, this is going to be difficult due to its strong flavor, but a little of it everyday can tremendously train your brain and taste buds to make pure black coffee taste a lot better.
You’ve read it from the few studies mentioned about specific coffee quality, which is black without additives. On the other hand, if you’re like some people like those who love drinking the upgraded coffee type, you can blend your coffee with healthy stuff in it. When a high quality pure black coffee is blended with unsalted butter from grass-fed cows, coconut oil, and cinnamon powder, it tastes so much better. In short, it’s delicious and healthy without the unhealthy additives.
Make your coffee that way if you want to boost the coffee’s health benefits. However, it is also vital to note that you have to find some sort of limit to our coffee consumption as too much of the caffeine can lead to various unhealthy consequences like insomnia, nausea, increased heart beats, irritability, nervousness, etc. Everyone is different as others can have up to 6 cups of coffee without any side-effects while some even with just a cup of coffee can already show signs of increase heart rate.
Furthermore, if you’re still doing the conventional brewing of coffee, you may try cold brewing your next cup of Java.
Lastly, if you really want to learn more about coffee and the big business behind it, watch this documentary. But before you play and watch the documentary, why not have a cup of coffee while watching it. Enjoy your coffee, and so the many health benefits that come with it.
The ones’ mentioned here are for sure just a fraction of what we know how beneficial coffee is. This means, we can expect more studies on coffee, and hopefully more and more health benefits would be uncovered.