Today is being celebrated as International Coffee Day, and lovers of the drink around the world can rejoice as their favourite energiser also has some health benefits. Earlier there were reports that drinking coffee could lead to a person developing cancer, but it was cleared by the World Health Organization, which said evidence suggests coffee may actually protect humans against cancer of the colon and rectum.
WHO had further stated that the risk for breast cancer was shown, with remarkable consistency, to have no association with coffee drinking. That’s good news for coffee lovers. But what are the other health benefits? Let’s take a look:
Moderate Consumption, Longer Lifespan:
Moderate coffee consumption, about three to four cups per day, has been linked with longer lifespan. As per a November 2015 study in journal Circulation, it was found that coffee consumption was associated with an 8 per cent to 15 per cent reduction in the risk of death (with larger reductions among those with higher coffee consumption).
Stops The Pain:
A study in The Journal of Pain has revealed that caffeine (equal to ~2 cups of brewed coffee) could produce a large reduction in pain resulting from eccentric exercise-induced, delayed-onset muscle injury.
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Increases Your Fiber Intake:
A cup of brewed coffee represents a contribution of up to 1.8 grams of fiber of the recommended intake of 20-38 grams, says a study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Protects Against Liver Cirrhosis:
A study in the Hepatology Journal showed that both coffee and decaffeinated coffee lowered the liver enzyme levels of coffee drinkers.
Boosts Heart Functions in Elderly:
A study conducted by Heinrich-Heine-University’s Medical Faculty in Germany, showed that drinking four cups of coffee daily can enhance the function of heart cells as well as help the elderly recover from heart attacks.
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Lowers Risk of Type 2 Diabetes:
A recent research conducted by Harvard’s Dr. Frank Hu showed that the risk of type II diabetes decreases by 9 per cent for each daily cup of coffee consumed. Decaf coffee decreased risk by 6 per cent per cup.
Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s disease:
A study in the European Journal of Neurology revealed there is considerable evidence that caffeine may protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
International Coffee Day is an occasion that is used to promote and celebrate coffee as a beverage, with events now occurring in places across the world.