20 Reasons You Should Drink More Coffee

I love coffee, which may not be such a bad thing.  In fact, it might be a good thing.  The most recent body of research tells us that coffee may reduce our risk for various disease processes, decrease inflammation, and improve our overall health.  In fact, more is better.

If you’re a coffee lover, read on.  If you’re not, maybe you’ll become one after reading the following 20 reasons to drink more coffee.

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  1. ONE cup of coffee per day is associated with a 42% decreased risk of liver cancer.
  2. ONE to THREE cups of coffee per day is associated with a 24% decreased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
  3. TWO cups of coffee per day may lower the risk of a type of breast cancer found in women with a specific genotype.
  4. THREE cups of coffee per day is associated with a 15% decrease in oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal cancers.
  5. THREE cups of coffee per day may improve your gut health.  Researchers found that those who drank 3 cups of coffee per day for 3 weeks saw improved numbers and increased activity in the good gut bacteria known as bifidobacteria.  (Jaquet M, Rochat I, Moulin J, Cavin C, Bibiloni R. Impact of coffee consumption on the gut microbiota: A human volunteer study. Int J Food Microbiol. 2009 Mar.;130(2):117-21.)
  6. FOUR cups of coffee per day may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes by 47%!
  7. FOUR cups of coffee per day may decrease risk for depression in women by a whopping 40%!   Goodbye, blues.  (Lucas M, Mirzaei F, Pan A. Coffee, caffeine, and risk of depression among Women. Arch Intern Med. 2011 Sep 26;171(17):1571-8.).
  8. FIVE cups of coffee per day is associated with a 57% decreased risk for non-hormone responsive breast cancer (which is difficult to treat).
  9. SIX cups of coffee per day may  lower the risk for an aggressive type of prostate cancer by 15%.
  10. FIVE or MORE cups of coffee per day may decrease the risk of Parkinson’s Disease by a whopping 60%!
  11. Heavy coffee drinkers have a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s Disease.  In fact, one study found that those who drank FIVE cups or MORE per day saw a reversal in the disease process after 5 weeks. This is thought to be related to caffeine’s unique ability to reduce levels of beta- and gamma- secretase, the proteins used in amyloid-beta formation.  (Arendash GW, Cao C. Caffeine and coffee as therapeutics against Alzheimer’s disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2010;20 Suppl 1:S117-26.)
  12. Heavy coffee drinkers are thought to have an overall 18% decreased risk of cancer due to the added antioxidant protection against DNA damage.
  13. Drinking 4-8 cups of coffee per day may have an anti-inflammatory effect by way of the phenolics found in coffee.  Decreasing inflammation is clearly important not only for disease prevention, but for longevity as well.
  14. Heavy coffee drinking may reduce the risk for basal cell carcinoma in men and women by 13% and 18%, respectively (Song F, et al. Coffee consumption associated with decreased risk for basal cell carcinoma. Presented at the 10th American Association for Cancer Research International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research. October 24, 2011. Boston, MA.).
  15. Antibacterial properties found in coffee may help prevent dental decay, or cavities.
  16. Coffee increases body fat metabolism, improving regular weight loss by an average of 8 pounds.  Drink up.
  17. Coffee help prevent constipation, and despite the myth that coffee causes dehydration, it actually contributes to fluid requirements.
  18. TWELVE cups of coffee per day is associated with a 67% decrease in type 2 diabetes!  Wow!!  (Zhang Y, Lee ET, Cowan LD, Fabsitz RR, Howard BV. Coffee consumption and the incidence of type 2 diabetes in men and women with normal glucose tolerance: The Strong Heart Study. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2011 Jun;21(6):418-23.)
  19. Coffee is associated with a 10% decrease in risk for kidney stones in women.  Ouch.

20.  Athletes should know that coffee can decrease muscle pain, improve endurance, and increase energy during training (4 references below).

-Flinn S, Gregory J, McNaughton LR, Tristram S, Davies P. Caffeine ingestion prior to incremental cycling to exhaustion in recreational cyclists. Int J Sports Med. 1990 Jun;11(3):188-93.

-Denadai BS, Denadai ML. Effects of caffeine on time to exhaustion in exercise performed below and above the anaerobic threshold. Braz J Med Biol Res. 1998 Apr;31(4):581-5.

-Ryu S, Choi SK, Joung SS, et al. Caffeine as a lipolytic food component increases endurance performance in rats and athletes. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol. 2001 Apr;47(2):139-46.

-Motl RW, O’Connor PJ, Tubandt L, Puetz T, Ely MR. Effect of caffeine on leg muscle pain during cycling exercise among females. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2006 Mar;38(3):598-604.

 

That’s all for today from Lighthouse Point, folks.  Welcome to Summer, the season of camps, swimming, and rapid academic decline.  Here is a brief recap of the past crazy month.

Savanna ended the year with a bang at her state gymnastics meet.  Her team placed 3rd in the state (despite the fact that they were an average of 3 years younger than the rest of their competitors), and Savanna placed 7th in the state for her age group.  I was so proud of her but more importantly, I think she was proud of herself.  972067_10151657024861085_1398340804_n

 

Savanna graduated from Kindergarten last week.  DSC_8109

Then, we also celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary last weekend.

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Lots of endings happening, which means lots of new beginnings, too.  Ciao for now!