Ever stopped to think about what your morning cup of Joe can do for your health? Many veteran coffee-drinkers believe that coffee isn’t good for you, but it’s a small price to pay compared to the benefits the morning elixir can bring it you. But it seems that it’s not that bad, after all. In fact, drinking coffee reduces risk of death and dulls down the incidence related to heart diseases.
The study at hand was performed by a team from Harvard University, led by Doctor Ming Ding. The team took into account the health records of over 150000 men and women from the Nurse’s Health Study. Also, additional data containing health data for 40557 men was added later in the project.
According to the result of the study, the rate of death was reduced by 8 percent if the patients consumed 1 to 3 cups a day. It would seem that the main perpetrator that keeps us alive and kicking are two chemical not found in coffee itself, but in the coffee bean. We also should add the fact that it was irrelevant to the study if the cup of morning Joe contained caffeine or not.
The two substances that are capable of shielding our body from certain heart conditions are the lignans and the chlorogenic acid. Both compounds can reduce inflammations throughout our body and are even capable of keeping at bay the level of blood sugar. Hence there are significant facts that link coffee drinking habits to reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
However, don’t think of coffee as your private miracle shop. Although coffee has the capability of shielding you from certain conditions, it can also expose you to other. The group of scientists have proven for a fact that those who drink coffee on a regular base are protected from heart diseases but have an increased risk of developing lung cancer or other respiratory issues.
The lung cancer issue seem to be somewhat circumstantial. And even the team of scientists stressed out that the coffee-drinking patients who came down with lung cancer also associated smoking with coffee. Even the result seem to be in the favor. When the smoking habits are ruled out, the drink itself keeps maintaining its protective qualities.
A professor of nutrition and epidemiology from the same prestigious University, that took part in study, said that, if drunken in moderation, coffee could indeed become part of a nutritious and healthy diet.