5 Health benefits of consuming coffee

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Neighbourhood Food Desk/ Vidhi Singh: Coffee is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world. It helps to wake us up fresh and also keep us energetic throughout the day.

However, there are times when people question how to  limit their coffee consumption or cut it out completely. There are many instances when we often overdo the consumption of coffee, many heavy coffee drinkers surpass the recommended limit of 400 mg of caffeine per day, and that can cause insomnia, restlessness, or a fast heartbeat, especially if consumed too often.

There are lots of food and drinks that we should not consume so often. But here’s why coffee  is not on that list.

Heart disease: As per, 200 studies found that people who drank three or four cups of coffee per day were 19 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.

Type 2 diabetes: It is said that every additional cup of coffee one drinks per day was correlated with a 7 percent reduced risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

Cancer: It is said that heavy coffee drinkers (who had at least three cups a day) had an 18% reduced risk for cancer. Another review found that at least one cup each day is  associated with 15% reduced risk for liver cancer and an 8% percent reduced risk for endometrial cancer. Some data indicates that coffee drinkers may be less likely to suffer from oral/pharyngeal cancer and advanced prostate cancer as well.

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia: A meta-analysis of studies about coffee intake and brain health calculated that regular coffee drinkers were approximately 16% less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or cognitive decline. There are smaller studies that suggest drinking coffee can lead to even bigger risk reductions for Alzheimer’s.

Depression: One study with women showed that drinking at least a cup of coffee each week was associated with 15% reduced risk for depression, and drinking two to three cups per day was associated with 20% reduced risk of depression.

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