You’ve surely seen the humorous Facebook images relating to coffee: “A poem for mornings: Coffee. Coffee, Coffee. Stop talking. Coffee!” Americans unite over their love for and admitted addiction to coffee, and throughout the years coffee’s alleged health benefits and risks have swung like a pendulum. Some years, coffee has bowed its head in shame as it accepted a reputation similar to that of today’s gluten, and other years it has reveled in victory at being termed a “superfood.” So which is it?
The Latest Studies
Science is always evolving, and the latest studies are praising coffee’s virtues. According to these studies of more than 250,000 people, drinking up to three cups a day of regular or decaf coffee can reduce your risk of death. Fire up that Keurig! The results do come with a caveat, though: the reduced risk of death only applies if you are not a smoker. The deadly consequences of smoking are well-known, and not even coffee can counteract its damages to the body.
What Makes Coffee So Powerful?
The components of coffee, lignans and chlorogenic acid are powerful health tools to reduce inflammation and control blood sugar, both of which help to reduce the risk of heart disease by 10 percent down the road. If you’ve ever purchased omega-3 supplements, known as fish oils, you may have noticed “Now with Lignans!” somewhere on the packaging. Lignans are considered a powerful health tool because they are high in antioxidants, high in fiber, and regulate hormone levels.
The Health Benefits of Coffee
Proponents of coffee will explain that coffee boosts your metabolism, provides vital nutrients like Riboflavin and Pantothenic Acid, lowers your risk of Type 2 diabetes by as much as 50 percent, protects you from dementia in later years, and even boosts liver health.
Coffee may be most well-known for its caffeine, but these other health benefits certainly can’t be ignored!