Scientists are now crediting coffee with an amazing list of potential health benefits based on new research and a re-evaluation of numerous studies conducted over the past 30 years.
Much like the formerly maligned, but now deemed nutitious eggs and butter, coffee was much maligned during the 70's and 80's, the victim of sloppy scientific studies. People were warned that coffee was a dangerous, addictive stimulant and coffee, tied to heart disease and higher cancer rates. However, a Harvard study found that previous studies failed to properly take into account the cigarette habits and other unhealthy habits of study participants.
Here are just a few of the findings on the positive health benefits of coffee that have recently been published:
COFFEE MAY REDUCE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S, KIDNEY STONES & DEPRESSION
In the 2007 January issue of Food Technology, Roger A. Clemens, a functional food expert with the Institute of Food Technologists and a nutritional biochemist, reported:
"'Scientific evidence now suggests that moderate coffee consumption of 3 to 5 cups a day may be associated with reduced risks of certain disease conditions,' he says, such as Alzheimer's disease, kidney stones, depression, and others. Another area of coffee's positive affect on the body is its possible cancer-protective properties, possibly due to its naturally occurring and brewing-produced antioxidants."
COFFEE MAY REDUCE SUICIDE RISK
In a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, which was published in the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, "it was found that the risk of suicide for adults who drank two to four cups of caffeinated coffee per day was about half that of those who drank decaffeinated coffee or very little or no coffee."
COFFEE MAY REDUCE RISK OF MULTIPLE SCERLOSIS
According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, a new study has found coffee drinking to be associated with a reduced risk of multiple scerlosis (MS). Researchers found that Americans and Swedish adults who drank at least four cups of coffee a day were 33% less likely to develop MS than those who did not drink coffee.
COFFEE MAY REDUCE RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE
A 2015 report, being prepared for the 2015 dietary guidelines says, "Coffee is OK - even good for you. The panel says there is strong evidence that 3 to 5 cups a day can be part of a healthy diet, and there's consistent evidence that it's even associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease."
Now you can not only wake up and smell the coffee regarding coffee's health benefits, but enjoy drinking it as well!