Ah, coffee. Whether you grab a cup on the way to work, run out after a workout for a low-fat patch, or brew your own coffee at home, it’s hard to imagine a day without it. Caffeine is energizing, and there’s something incredibly calming about drinking a hot cup of coffee. But is it healthy to drink coffee, the authors of Johns Hopkins medicine asked doctors
And the news is good. The evidence for coffee is stronger than ever. Research suggests you may get more benefits from your favorite morning drink than you thought: Coffee is rich in substances that may help protect against conditions more common among women, including Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease, say nutrition experts at the School of Medicine Johns Hopkins University.
Recent studies have shown that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from some of the leading causes of death, especially among women: coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Your body can better absorb glucose (or sugar). This theory is behind studies that have found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Drinking one to two cups of coffee a day can help prevent heart failure, when a weakened heart has difficulty pumping enough blood to the body. Caffeine not only reduces the likelihood of developing Parkinson’s disease, but may help people with the disease better control their movements. Both regular and decaffeinated coffee appear to have a protective effect on the liver. Research shows that coffee drinkers are more likely to have liver enzyme levels within a healthy range than non-coffee drinkers.
One in 23 women develops colon cancer. But researchers found that coffee drinkers—decaffeinated or regular—were 26 percent less likely to develop colon cancer.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease are women. But the caffeine in two cups of coffee may provide significant protection against developing this disease. Researchers found that women aged 65 and older who drank two to three cups of coffee per day were less likely to develop dementia overall.
For women, drinking at least one cup of coffee per day is associated with a reduced risk of stroke, which is the fourth leading cause of death among women.
Let us remind you that coffee is not only tasty and healthy in itself. You can even make delicious blackberry jam with it.
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