Is your love of coffee hard on your heart? And do you wonder if drinking it is helpful or hurtful? I love coffee and I love tea and want to share with you the good news that coffee, in moderation, can actually benefit your health. Tea and coffee, the most popular beverages in the world, have been consumed for thousands of years for their alluring flavors and health benefits. Polyphenols, particularly flavonoids and phenolic acids, are of great abundance in tea and coffee and contribute a lot to their flavor and health properties.
Here are some not so well known benefits of coffee on health:
- Itwas associated with a statistically significant lower risk oftotal stroke, cerebral infarction, and subarachnoid hemorrhagebut not intracerebral hemorrhage.
- There is evidence that habitual coffee consumption is not associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases or premature mortality among diabetic women.
- A systematic review supports the hypothesis that habitual coffee consumption is associated with a substantially lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Evidence has been accumulating that frequent consumption of coffee may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes and liver cancer.
- Coffee consumption may lower risk of prostate cancer
Epidemiological studies suggest that consumption of boiled coffee is associated with elevated risk for cardiovascular disease. This is mainly due to the two diterpenes identified in the lipid fraction of coffee grounds, cafestol and kahweol
For adults consuming moderate amounts of coffee (3-4 cups per day providing 300-400 mg/d of caffeine), there is little evidence of health risks and some evidence of health benefits. However, some groups, including people with high blood pressure, children, adolescents, and the elderly, may be more vulnerable to the harmful effects of caffeine. In addition, evidence suggests that it may be prudent for pregnant women to limit coffee consumption to 3 cups per day providing no more than 300 mg/day of caffeine to exclude any increased probability of spontaneous abortion or impaired fetal growth.
Enjoy a cup of coffee and reap the health benefits.
Lorraine Maita, MD is an award winning physician, speaker and author of “Vibrance for Life: How to Live Younger and Healthier”. She is a consultant to corporations wanting to improve the health and productivity of employees and has a private practice in Anti Aging Medicine in Short Hills, NJ. You can live younger and healthier, buy “Vibrance for Life: How to Live Younger and Healthier” and make an appointment for a consultation at my website, How to Live Younger; Please click on Vibrance For Life to purchase my book now!