Science Says Coffee Is Healthy, So Have Another Cup
Are you one of those people who just can’t get going in the morning without your cup of joe? Well, there’s good news! It turns out that the heavenly brew you’ve been having every morning may just be good for your health as well as your morning mood. That sounds like cause for another cup to me.
Studies have increasingly suggested that coffee and/or caffeine could be an effective therapy to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Studies done on mice given caffeine versus decaf coffee found that those given the caffeine were shown to get better cognitive benefits. Coffee has also been found to help protect the brain against developing Alzheimer’s in the first place.
Helps Your Nerves
Another disease commonly associated with aging, those with Parkinson’s disease may also benefit from drinking coffee. Studies suggest that coffee may help to protect against neuron degeneration in Parkinson’s, as well as help improve the tremors and motor deficits that are most commonly associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Keeps You Clean
A Harvard study conducted over the course of 10 years found that men who drink two to three cups of coffee a day have a lower risk of developing painful gallstones than those who don’t. Only coffee with caffeine had this effect, as it helped stimulate contractions in the gallbladder and lower cholesterol concentrations in bile.
Keeps You Strong
Researchers at Coventry University found that regular coffee consumption in the elderly could help them maintain strength in their muscles as they age. Their study on mice looked at two different skeletal muscles, measuring the strength before and after coffee was administered. “With the importance of maintaining a physically active lifestyle to preserve health and functional capacity, the performance-enhancing benefits of caffeine could prove beneficial in the aging population,” Jason Tallis, who led the study, said.
A Reason To Rejoice
A Danish study has found that a substance in coffee known as cafestol may help prevent type 2 diabetes. In studies on mice, they found that cafestol increases glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in vitro and increases glucose uptake in human skeletal muscle cells. More studies are being done to investigate cafestol as a possible antidiabetic drug.
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