The Great Buzz on Coffee

How healthy is your java?

Move over green tea. A cuppa joe — actually several cuppas — are now being touted as another hot beverage with highly beneficial health properties.

According to Forbes, a number of recent studies suggest that coffee can help stave off several serious ailments, including dementia, diabetes, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, and even some cancers. It may also reduce the risk of developing gallstones and kidney stones, and could lower your risk for depression.

A big daily dose of java cut women's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that people who drank four to six cups of coffee a day had a 28 percent reduced risk — but people who drank more than six cups reduced their risk by about 35 percent. In other words, getting wired is good for you.

Actually, researchers think that coffee's power have more to do with antioxidants, than caffeine. Coffee contains powerful antioxidant chemicals similar to those found in berries and grapes. One key may be chlorogenic acid, which is abundant in red wine and chocolate and seems to be able to slow the absorption of sugar by cells, according to some early studies.

This conflicts a bit with previous studies, such one published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which suggests that caffeine still poses risks. It can significantly decrease blood flow to the heart, increase blood pressure and may slightly raise the risk for heart disease.

Still, I'll add an extra shot in my future lattes. Get your healthy coffee buzz today!

 

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