Health Benefits of Coffee & Caffeine

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Coffee is the most potent source of anti-aging antioxidants available today

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According to numerous studies, “nothing comes close” to providing as many antioxidants as coffee. In fact, coffee shows more antioxidant activity than green tea, cocoa and red wine, three antioxidant superstars. In addition, caffeine and chlorogenic acid, an important antioxidant found almost exclusively in coffee, is also thought to help prevent cardiovascular disease.

How it works:

Antioxidants fight inflammation, an underlying cause of chronic conditions, that include arthritis, atherosclerosis and many types of cancer. In addition they neutralize free radicals, which occur naturally as a part of our normal metabolic functions, but which can cause oxidative stress that leads to chronic disease. In this way, antioxidants help keep us healthy at the micro-level by protecting our cells from damage.

Coffee lessens the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

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Studies at Harvard. Medical School show a moderate (25%) decrease in risk for coffee drinkers. In 2012 Science Daily reported that drinking coffee may help people with Parkinson’s disease control their movement. “Studies show that people who use caffeine are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, and that caffeine can help with movement symptoms for people who already have the disease.”

How it works:

Caffeine has multiple targets in the brain, but the main one appears to be adenosine receptors. By hogging adenosine’s receptors, caffeine affects the activity of dopamine, another important brain chemical, and areas of the brain involved in arousal, pleasure, and thinking. Striatum, the part of the brain affected by Parkinson’s disease has many adenosine receptors; by landing on them, caffeine seems to have some protective effects.

Coffee is great for your liver (especially if you drink alcohol)

A Harvard Medical School study found that Coffee is associated with lower levels of enzymes that indicate liver damage and inflammation. Findings suggest Coffee may improve response to some treatments for hepatitis C and protect against liver cancer. Cafestol and kahweol found in unfiltered coffee, may be responsible for liver benefits.

According to The Guardian, coffee seems to have some protective benefits against alcoholic cirrhosis, and the more coffee a person consumes the less risk they seem to have of being hospitalised or dying of alcoholic cirrhosis. At Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Studies show that coffee can help prevent people from developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Drinking four or more cups of coffee or tea a day may be beneficial in preventing the progression of NAFLD.

How it works:

Scientists found elevated levels of liver enzymes typically reflect inflammation and damage to the liver. The more coffee subjects drank, the lower their levels of enzymes.

Coffee curbs depression. It can make you feel happier

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A study by the National Institute of Health found that those who drink four or more cups of coffee were about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who had never touched it. And it’s not because of the “caffeine high” — Coke can also give you a caffeine high, but it’s linked to depression., In multiple studies, the data suggested an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and depression: Coffee drinkers seemed to have the lowest risk (up to 20 percent) of depression.

How it works:

Researchers aren’t sure how coffee staves off depression, but it is known that caffeine activates neurotransmitters that control mood, including dopamine and serotonin. Prevention.com’s proposed reason is that coffee makes you feel good because of those trusty antioxidants.

Coffee has been linked to lower levels of suicide

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A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health determined that drinking between two and four cups of coffee can reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent.

How it works:

The proposed reason is because coffee acts as a mild antidepressant by aiding in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline.

Coffee reduces skin, liver, kidney, brain, breast and colon cancers

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School followed 112,897 men and women over a 20-year period to find that women who drink three or more cups of coffee a day are much less likely to develope skin cancer than those who don’t. Men who drink coffee seem to be at a lower risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer.

In addition, new research from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that drinking four or more cups of coffee daily decreases the risk of endometrial cancer in women by 25 percent compared to women who drink less than one cup a day. Researchers also found ties between coffee drinking and lower rates of liver, colon, breast, and rectal cancers.

How it works:

Polyphenols, antioxidant phytochemicals found in coffee, have demonstrated anticarcinogenic properties in several studies that are thought to help reduce the inflammation that could be responsible for some tumors.

Coffee can make you a better athlete

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The New York Times reports, “Scientists and many athletes have known for years, that a cup of coffee before a workout jolts athletic performance, especially in endurance sports like distance running and cycling.” Caffeine increases the number of fatty acids in the bloodstream, which allows muscles to absorb and burn those fats for fuel, therefore saving the body’s small reserves of carbohydrates for later use in exercise. In addition, coffee helps battle fatigue, enabling you to exercise longer.

How it works:

Caffeine is a performance and endurance enhancer; not only does it fight fatigue, but it also strengthens muscle contraction, reduces the exerciser’s perception of pain, and increases fatty acids in the blood, which supports endurance.

Coffee could reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

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According to a study from The American Chemical Society, coffee also lowers risk of Type 2 diabetes,. The study’s found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 50 percent.

How it works:

Scientists believe coffee is beneficial in keeping diabetes at bay in several ways:

  • Battling inflammation, a known risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
  • Preventing cell tissue damage; and
  • Helping the body use insulin and by protecting insulin-producing cells, enabling effective regulation of blood sugar;

Coffee could help keep your brain healthier for longer

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Researchers from the University of Miami found that people older than 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer’s disease two to four years later than others with lower caffeine. Studies showed that moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s or delay its onset.”

In one Finnish study, researchers found that drinking three to five cups daily at midlife was associated with a 65 percent decreased risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia in later life. The study also measured the effect of tea drinking on cognitive decline, but found no association.

How it works:

Because coffee drinking may decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, a risk factor for dementia, it also lowers the risk for developing dementia. There are several theories about how coffee can help to prevent or protect against cognitive decline. Caffeine prevents the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque that may contribute to the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s.

Coffee may make you more intelligent

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CNN reports that caffeine allows your brain to work in a much more efficient and smarter way. Caffeine provides a short-term memory boost. Austrian researchers found a surge in the volunteers’ brain activity, measured by functional magnetic resonance imagery (fMRI), as they performed a memory task.

How it works:

Caffeine appears to affect the particular areas of the brain responsible for memory and concentration, providing a boost to short-term memory,

Coffee is healthy for your heart

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Harvard Medical School studies found that consumption (1–3 cups a day) has been linked to a small decrease in risk. The evidence for a possible protective effect is stronger for women. A landmark Dutch study, which analyzed data from more than 37,000 people over a period of 13 years, found that moderate coffee drinkers (who consumed between two to four cups daily) had a 20 percent lower risk of heart disease

How it works:

There is some evidence that coffee may support heart health by protecting against arterial damage caused by inflammation.

Coffee guards against gout

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Independent studies on the coffee consumption patterns of men and women suggest that drinking coffee regularly reduces the risk of developing gout. The benefit was associated with both regular and decaf consumption: women who drank 1 to 3 cups of regular coffee daily had a 22 percent decreased risk of gout;

How it works:

According to the Nurses’ Health Study, coffee’s antioxidant properties may decrease the risk of gout by decreasing insulin, which in turn lowers uric acid levels (high concentrations of uric acid can cause gout).

Coffee associated with a lower risk of stroke

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A study of studies, in which data are pooled and analyzed together — was published looking at how coffee consumption is associated with stroke.. In these studies, consumption of two to six cups of coffee a day was associated with a lower risk of disease, compared with those who drank none.

How it works:

For those with normal blood pressure, habitual coffee consumption could potentially reduce the risk of stroke by increasing insulin sensitivity and reducing inflammation with strong antioxidant activity. Some chemicals in coffee include chlorogenic acid, which is thought to cut stroke risks by lowering the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Coffee facilitates detox from cancer causing chemicals

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Supporting liver detoxification by adequate intake of antioxidants and lesser food consumption can help to achieve healthier ageing, longer lifespan and prevent diseases.

How it works:

A study by the National Research Council (NRC) showed that Caffeine, Seloenium, Zinc and Potassium are beneficial compounds found in coffee that when not taken orally and therefore diluted by the digestive tract — work together to stimulate the liver to increase production of glutathione S-transferase (GST), a powerful detoxifying enzyme that binds with, and flushes out, toxins in the body

Caffeine penetrates through skin into your blood.

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According to PubMed, the diffusion rate for caffeine through human skin is 2.2 x 10-6 grams per centimeter squared of skin, per hour.
Even if you’re sensitive to caffeine, it won’t affect you taking your coffee through the surface of the skin instead of drinking it