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National Coffee Day ( a day late) : 10 Researched Healthy Gems about Coffee!

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Happy National Coffee Day ( a day late! 😉 )

Many people bash coffee as a wellness no-no, but I take a different approach. I think coffee, in moderation, is gold for your health- specifically black gold. I drink 2-5 cups a day, but the recommended dose is lower ( 2-3 cups a day.)  I have very low blood pressure, which can make me feel sluggish and depressed, so coffee helps me both mentally and physically.  Sometimes when I’m feeling depressed, I drink coffee and instantly feel better. ( Keep that in mind when you browse the studies below…) Coffee also gives me a much needed boost in creativity and significantly enhances my ability to focus. I’m a runner and struggle with asthma ( now mild) so I drink black coffee before long runs, because it is a bronchodilator. That means it helps open our longs and makes it easier to breathe.  We all have to figure out the right dose of coffee for ourselves- most likely through a lot of trial and error.

Here are ten healthy gems about coffee that you may not have been aware of.  All studies were recent publications, unless otherwise stated:

1.Studies show coffee lowers the risk of depression      ( This is one, there are many more)  

2. Coffee lowers the risk of oral, pharynx, liver, colon, prostate, endometrial cancer and melanoma. ( Although it was shown to increase the risk of lung cancer, which might not actually be the case: My speculation is that people who smoke also drink a lot of coffee, so smoking confounded the relationship.)    

3. Coffee lowers the risk of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, due to its component, Quercetin.

4. High consumption of coffee lowers the risk of Multiple Sclerosis  

5. Spent coffee grounds protect the skin against the aging effects of UVB-radiation    ( This is why I always save my coffee grounds and use them on my face!!! You don’t need to drop tons of $$$$ on skin products)

    6. Coffee reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes by reducing the insulin response.  ( This is why you might want to drink coffee after or during a meal.)    

7. Drinking coffee before lifting weights can improve your performance and give you a better workout.

8. Coffee may help prevent liver damage

9. Drinking coffee results in longer telomere length, meaning it may slow down the aging process and take years off your face.  

10. Coffee drinkers live longer 

 

Click on any of the links above to explore the studies further. Or memorize the above facts and recite them at your next brunch. You’ll look smart. 😉

 

One Response to “National Coffee Day ( a day late) : 10 Researched Healthy Gems about Coffee!”

  1. Janice Tollis (@TollisJanice) October 7, 2017 at 4:04 am

    My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease nearly 7 years ago, when he was 49. He had a stooped posture, tremors, right arm does not move and also has a pulsating feeling in his body. He was placed on Sinemet for 8 months and then Sifrol was introduced which replaced the Sinemet. During this time span he was also diagnosed with dementia. He started having hallucinations, and lost touch with reality.I searched for alternative treatments and and started him on Parkinson’s herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, Just 7 weeks into the Herbal formula treatment he had great improvements with his slurred speech, there is no case of Rigid muscles and Slowed movement (bradykinesia) since treatment, visit Health Herbal Clinic official website www. healthherbalclinic. net or email info@ healthherbalclinic. net. This treatment is incredible!

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