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Do you drink coffee on a regular basis? If so, you’ll be pleased to learn that it can have a number of positive effects on your body. Here are a few of them to consider.
Decreases Risk of Type II Diabetes
Drinking coffee regularly has shown to reduce the risk of diabetes. While the exact reason isn’t clear, multiple studies have linked coffee consumption with decreased chances of developing the disease.
A study by Dr. Frank Hu of Harvard University shows that each cup consumed daily can actually lower the risk of diabetes by as much as nine percent.
Helps to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disease typically associated with loss of cognitive ability and memory impairment. There is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s. However, both past and recent studies suggest that coffee could help to fend off the disease.
This is partly because coffee causes levels of a protein called beta amyloid in your brain to drop by as much as 50 percent. Beta amyloid is harmful and unfortunately found in high amounts in the brains of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s.
Contains Essential Vitamins and Nutrients
Coffee contains small amounts of several vitamins that your body needs, including vitamins B2, B3 and B5. It also contains essential nutrients like manganese, magnesium and potassium. While one cup isn’t enough to give you the recommended daily requirement, several cups throughout the day add up to a healthy more of these things than you need.
Fights Cirrhosis of the Liver
Cirrhosis of the liver is chronic liver damage brought on by a variety of sources, which leads to scarring on the liver and eventually liver failure. It’s typically caused by long periods of alcohol abuse, hepatitis or liver cancer.
The damaged caused to the liver by cirrhosis is irreversible, but drinking four or more cups of coffee per day has been shown to lower the risk of developing cirrhosis by as much as 80 percent.
These are just a few health benefits of drinking coffee. Who knew, right? So, if you love coffee, there’s no reason not to enjoy an extra cup now and then. Your body will thank you for it!