We've all heard the potential downsides of coffee drinking: It stunts your growth. You will never sleep. It's just plain bad for you. While some of these things may be true when coffee consumption is taken to unhealthy levels, coffee is actually very beneficial. Here are four ways coffee can be just what the doctor ordered, according to Medical News Today.
Coffee drinkers are actually at less risk for type 2 diabetes than noncoffee drinkers. Medical News Today tells us that coffee increases plasma levels of the protein SHBG, which plays a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. Even with the sugar added to coffee, as long as it isn't too much, coffee decreases our risk for diabetes. That's amazing.
Medical News Today reported on a study that looks at the connection between coffee and Parkinson's disease. The authors of the study concluded that "higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson's disease." The study also revealed that coffee might actually reduce the uncontrollable movements in people who suffer from Parkinson's diseases. It looks like we should keep drinking all of those cups of coffee.
Liver Disease and Cancer
Italian researchers, according to Medical News Today, found that drinking coffee can reduce one's chance of liver cancer by about 40%. They also stated that the results suggested that drinking three or more cups of coffee a day can reduce your risk of liver cancer by 50%.
There are many liver diseases that have reduced likelihood with coffee consumption. Sclerosing cholangitis, which is a rare autoimmune disease, is one of them. If you are a regular alcohol drinker, also being a coffee drinking can reduce your risk of cirrhosis by 22%.
Drinking coffee also has many heart-healthy benefits. Medical News Today reports on a study conducted at Harvard that shows that moderate coffee consumption protects against heart failure.
Now you know that you're not just giving yourself an energy boost when drinking those cups of hot coffee in the morning. Drink up!