The Health Effects of Coffee

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In the mid-1970s, the U.S. endured the ‘big coffee scare’ in which medical science told us not to continue drinking our morning cup of joe out of fear that it could cause cancer and other diseases. A lot has changed after four decades of intense research. Now it turns out that coffee may actually have some positive health benefits that make it worth drinking – at least in moderation.

According to the latest research, coffee may be beneficial to human health in the following ways:

  • Diabetes Protection – Researchers at UCLA have discovered that coffee intake increases levels of SHBG in the body. Not only does this substance regulate sex hormones, but it is also related to the development of type II diabetes. Their research is complemented by additional research from Harvard that suggests moderate coffee consumption can reduce type II diabetes risk.
  • Parkinson’s Disease – Coffee may help lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease. In cases of people who already have the disease, moderate coffee consumption may help to improve movement, according to research from the McGill University Health Center.
  • Liver Disease – Research from Italy suggests that coffee consumption can reduce the risk of liver cancer by up to 40%. It might also decrease the risk of cirrhosis among alcohol consumers by more than 20%. Those already diagnosed with cirrhosis can reduce their chances of dying from the disease by as much as 66% through moderate coffee consumption.
  • Heart Disease – Harvard School of Public Health researchers who studied European coffee drinkers found that those who consume two cups per day were roughly 11% less likely to suffer heart failure compared to those who don’t drink coffee.

Coffee has also been linked to prevention of colorectal cancer, multiple sclerosis and premature death. Keep in mind that the nature of epidemiology, on which all of the studies are based, shows links between coffee consumption and certain health factors. They do not necessarily establish causation.

Everything in Moderation

Of course, even the perceived health benefits of coffee need to be regulated by moderation. Coffee contains caffeine, something we know can have adverse health effects if consumed in excess. Furthermore, adding a ton of cream and sugar to your cup of black coffee increases your calorie intake and subjects you to whatever health effects are related to consuming them.

Most of the studies suggest between two and five cups of black coffee per day to enjoy the maximum health benefit. Anything over and above five cups would be deemed excessive and could very well undo any of the good coffee-drinking might offer.

Here at Galaxie Coffee, we are thrilled to know that the staple beverage that drives America is one that can actually be good for human health. It makes it a lot more enjoyable to do what we do. If you need coffee and beverage service for your office in the greater New York area, we would love the opportunity to earn your business. Contact us for more information.