5 Health Benefits About Coffee You Didn’t Know
Coffee, who can live without it? It’s one of the first things we grab for in the morning and it’s a safe bet for an afternoon pick-me-up. Some people drink it for the flavor, others drink it to help them get up and go.
No matter why you drink coffee here are 5 health benefits that you probably didn’t know.
- Keeping the mind sharp – A prospective study determined that men who consumed about 4 cups of coffee per day were 25% less likely to develop Parkinson disease and women were 40% less likely to develop the disease.
- Decreasing the risk of cancer – In a study of European women, drinking 3 cups of coffee per day lowered the risk of uterine cancer by 19%. There has also been evidence of coffee’s protection against oral and pharyngeal, colon, prostate, bladder, endometrial, pancreatic, leukemic, and breast cancers.
- Preventing heart disease and strokes – Chronic coffee consumption may result in a decreased risk for heart disease. The polyphenols present in coffee may help prevent the formation of blood clots, and the chlorogenic acids may decrease blood pressure.
- Improving kidney function – It was found that drinking 3 cups of coffee per day increased the efficiency of kidney filtration. Lower filtration efficiencies are associated with progressive kidney damage and potential failure.
- Maintaining intestinal health – Coffee seems to increase intestinal levels of bifidobacteria, important members of the colon flora that are often used to treat diarrhea as well as patients undergoing antibiotic therapy.
Coffee and its role in dentistry
Your dentist might have a negative response to you drinking coffee. After all, coffee has long been recognized for its detrimental role in discoloring your teeth. However, coffee may provide more dental benefits than originally recognized. One study determined that coffee drinking is not harmful to the periodontium and could have a protective effect. Researchers also found that green coffee has antibacterial properties against periodontal pathogens.
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