Everyone knows that coffee is an absolute necessity for most of us, but when it comes to parents, there seriously is no other way to get through the day. Okay, that might be a bit dramatic, but most parents would agree that coffee is a huge and important part of their day. So to all those parents, we have some great news: coffee actually has some health benefits in addition to it being the best beverage ever.
In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, coffee consumption has been linked to a reduction in risk in several diseased and illnesses, including depression, suicide, cirrhosis, liver cancer, melanoma, prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and gallstones.
Additionally, according do research done at Johns Hopkins Medicine, drinking coffee can also help protect Alzheimer’s disease, which affects women in particular. According to the article, “almost two-thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease are women.”
According to a New York Times article about the NEJoM, “In a study of more than 200,000 participants followed for up to 30 years, those who drank three to five cups of coffee a day, with or without caffeine, were 15 percent less likely to die early from all causes than were people who shunned coffee.”
Johns Hopkins Medicine agrees with this. According to their article: “Recent studies found that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from some of the leading causes of death in women: coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease.”
The New York Times article also said that some chemicals found in coffee include polyphenols and antioxidants. It described: “Polyphenols can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes; antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory effects, can counter both heart disease and cancer, the nation’s leading killers.”
In another article from Cleveland Clinic, we learn this interesting fact: “Coffee is a source of nutrients, including B vitamins, potassium and riboflavin. The beans are also rich in antioxidants, compounds that protect cells against damage.”
Andrea Dunn, RD, shared that “surprisingly, coffee is the single best source of antioxidants in the American diet.” That is absolutely incredible news.
One important distinction should be made, however. None of this information means that coffee should be the only thing you rely on for a healthy lifestyle. You should also eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, exercise, and sleep enough. Additionally, avoiding smoking, not smoking, and going for annual checkups all contribute to a healthy lifestyle.