Coffee drinkers often only believe the benefit of coffee is the caffeine – the energy jolt one receives after their cup of joe. Science is informing us that there are far more benefits to our daily java. Protection against diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, liver cancer, colon cancer, promotion of a healthy heart, and if that doesn’t make you happy, your coffee does.

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Coffee and Diabetes – researchers found study “participants who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day (on average, an increase of 1.69 cups per day) over a 4-year period had an 11% lower type 2 diabetes risk over the subsequent 4 years, compared with people who did not change their intake. Full story here.

Coffee and Parkinson’s disease – one study concluded that “higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease”.  Another suggests caffeine in coffee may help control movement in people suffering from Parkinson’s.

Coffee and Liver Disease – researchers suggest that drinking two or more cups of coffee every day can reduce the risk of death from liver cirrhosis by 66%.

Coffee and Liver Cancer – Italian researchers found that coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. In addition, some of the results suggest that if you drink three cups a day, the risks are reduced by more than 50%.

Coffee and Colon Cancer – Drinking coffee may cut your risk of colon cancer by as much as 50 percent, a new study suggests. And the more you drink, the more you may reduce your risk. It makes no difference whether the coffee is regular or decaf.

Coffee and a healthy heart – two studies concluded that drinking coffee in moderation protects against heart failure. A third shows there’s little evidence that a caffeine habit could send us into cardiac arrest.

And if all of that news doesn’t make you happy, caffeine in coffee (or chocolate) will. A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health showed coffee can help people become more positive in life.

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