Health Benefits of Coffee
Arabica coffee plants blanket the country’s shady volcanic mountainsides, slowly developing into red “cherries” ready for roasting. Sitting down to a freshly brewed cup of Costa Rican coffee is a delectable privilege. As you grow accustomed to the local custom of drinking a cafecito every morning and afternoon, you’ll be happy to know that this rich beverage is not only delicious, but good for you too. Studies report various health benefits of coffee consumption, mostly due to its high levels of antioxidants. So enjoy each sip of your tasty java – it just might help you live longer!
Antioxidants prevent brain cell damage and may improve cognitive functions. Studies have linked drinking one to five cups per day to lower risks of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
In 2008, one study found that female coffee drinkers were less likely to die of disease than non-consumers. Decaffeinated coffee drinkers showed similar results, leading experts to believe that coffee, and not caffeine, made the difference.
One 16-ounce cup of coffee provides approximately 200 milligrams of caffeine, a powerful pain reliever that has been shown to help prevent or relieve headaches and migraines.
The antioxidants in coffee may help reduce the damaging effects of arterial inflammation and prevent arrhythmia. Though a cup of java initially raises your blood pressure, in the long run, it may help lower overall blood pressure.
Ward off Cancer
Coffee drinkers show lower rates of certain cancers, which scientists attribute to the drink’s high levels of antioxidants and the presence of trigonelline. Trigonelline acts like estrogen, and may therefore help reduce your risk colon and prostate cancer.
Since coffee is a natural diuretic, it generally helps move food through the digestive track more easily. A cup in the morning facilitates healthy GI movements.
Thanks to antioxidants, coffee consumption has been linked to lower rates of liver cancer and cirrhosis. In fact, one study found that for every two extra cups of coffee consumed per day, participants saw a 43% reduction in their risk of liver cancer.
Several studies have suggested that drinking coffee can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Recently, researchers estimated that for each 8-ounce cup of coffee, your risk of type 2 diabetes goes down 7%.