Healthy Coffee

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Coffee may taste good and get you going in the morning, but what will it do for your health?

You know the old expression. If you like something it will probably be fattening, illegal, or will kill you. There are several studies posted in medical journals that show that drinking coffee has definite health benefits. Finally, there is something you can indulge in and not feel guilty about.

Below are a few examples that I found.

Coffee drinkers live longer

A May 2012 study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that, during the course of their study, coffee drinkers “who drank at least two or three cups a day were about 10 percent or 15 percent less likely to die for any reason during the 13 years of the study”.  The researchers who conducted the study said that this doesn’t necessarily provide a cause-and-effect relationship, but will help point other researchers in the right direction.

Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia

Several studies comparing moderate coffee drinkers (defined as 3–5 cups per day) with light coffee drinkers (defined as 0–2 cups per day) found that those who drank more coffee were significantly less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease later in life. A longitudinal study in 2009 found that moderate coffee drinkers had reduced risk of developing dementia in addition to Alzheimer’s disease.

This article is found on WebMD Feature

A growing body of research shows that coffee drinkers, compared to non-drinkers, are:

-less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia

-have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes

“There is certainly much more good news than bad news, in terms of coffee and health,” says Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD, nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/coffee-new-health-food

Let me conclude with this. There are several reasons specialty grade coffee is better for you than the lower grades. The main reason is that only the ripe cherries are handed picked.

In a typical situation with NON-specialty grade coffee, the harvester will simply strip the entire branch of the coffee cherries. Un-ripened and over ripened coffee beans are all processed together which causes upset stomachs and coffee jitters. Also, foreign matter is allowed to be processed with the beans.

I am just thankful to know that there are enjoyable and delicious things in life that are actually good for our health and legal!

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