Studies have shown that coffee has health benefits, including protecting against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease, including liver cancer. Coffee also appears to improve cognitive function and decrease the risk of depression.
People who drank coffee, no matter how much or what kind they drank, were less likely to die over a 10-year period than non-coffee drinkers, according to a new report.
It’s another piece of good news for coffee lovers, and it gets even better. It doesn’t matter what kind of coffee people drink — that includes decaf and instant coffee. And it also doesn’t matter what version of the “coffee gene” people have. Coffee-drinkers fared better than people who did not drink coffee.
The team at the National Cancer Institute used data from people taking part in a large genetic study in Britain called the U.K. Biobank. More than half a million people volunteered to give blood and answer detailed health and lifestyle questions for ongoing research into genes and health.
There are several possible explanations for the health benefits of coffee.
- It is the No. 1 source in the American diet of antioxidants — chemical compounds that fight the damage to DNA caused by day-to-day living.
- Reduces inflammation in the body, improve how insulin gets used, it might help liver function and it might benefit the linings of the blood vessels.
- Coffee can help people recover from colon cancer, lower diabetes risk and reduce the inflammation associated with diabetes and heart disease. It may also protect against diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and liver cancer.
- While caffeine in large amounts can kill, it takes huge amounts of coffee to deliver a lethal dose – more than 20 cups at once.
I love coffee. Tastes so good and make me feel good. Caffeine is the most popular psychoactive drug in the world. And the way most people get it is through coffee.
When you drink the coffee, the caffeine actually hijacks your brain. There are receptors in your brain meant for a chemical called Adenosine. And adenosine is what actually makes you feel tired, but when you drink caffeine, the caffeine takes control of those receptors and doesn’t leave any room for the adenosine and that’s why you feel alert.