Coffee Has Some Surprising Health Benefits

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Possibly one of the most controversial of the “health” foods, coffee offers more than just the morning kick-start.

Most recently it has been found to reduce the risk of Type2 Diabetes.  Studies have shown that people that consume 3 to 4 cups per day have a 25% reduction in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

There is also current research that coffee consumption may help in the prevention of Alzheimers disease.  In fact coffee, not caffeine, has been linked to a number of health benefits such as:

Helping prevent some cancers
Reducing fibrosis in fatty liver
Preventing Alzheimers
Reducing risk of Type2 Diabetes
Reducing depression in women
Preventing or limiting Asthma attacks

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a study that indicates that Life expectancy is increased by coffee consumption provided it is not paired with smoking.

Coffee History

The legend of coffee that is the most fun is the legend of Kaldi the goatherd.  One day he noticed his goats were dancing.  They moved from one bush to the next eating the red berries of the bush (coffee beans) so he picked a few and ate them himself.  Soon he was dancing along with his goats!  A monk came along and witnessed Kaldi’s dance so he picked some berries and took them back for his brothers who were amazingly alert to divine intervention that night.

Traditional Uses

Over the centuries coffee has had many different medicinal uses such as:

Snake Bite
Heart Disease
Pleuritic Effusion (water on the lungs)
Flu
Fevers
Headache
Asthma
Vertigo
Jaundice

It’s analgesic action, has for decades, made it useful for the reduction of pain.  Coffee’s major stimulant, caffeine is used in many over the counter cold medicines.  This is mainly to counteract the sedative effects of the medicine.

There is an abundance of information describing the negative impacts of coffee on your health but much current research is showing that coffee can have a positive effect on health.

The single side effect of coffee is that it is addictive.  The more you drink the more you need to drink for the same effect.  Many people that have quit drinking coffee complain of withdrawal symptoms.  The major coffee withdrawal symptom being headache.

Doctors are not rushing out to advise people that don’t drink coffee to start but current research is showing moderate coffee consumption can have beneficial effects on your health.