We’ve been warned against drinking too much coffee most of our lives, but Life Extension Magazine, and cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf, say drinking coffee is good for you.
“Coffee beans are extraordinary complex fruits that contain over 1000 phytochemicals, of which only a few have been investigated – a super antioxidant punch!” Dr. Leaf said. “It also has the power to help prevent most major killers including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, liver disease and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Several case controlled human studies have shown that those who drank pure black organic coffee cut their risks of breast cancer by 57% and diabetes by 67%, compared to those who didn’t drink coffee. According to Dr Leaf the best kind is organic, freshly roasted, and black which has been shown to provide protection against diabetes, and other age related diseases.
“Research has even shown coffee to help reduce DNA damage, which in turn inhibits cancer and aging,” Dr. Leaf said. “Scientists are beginning to discover that coffee’s phytochemistry exerts direct biological actions on the body, weaving a complex web of indirect protective effects, one of which is neuroprotective (helps prevent diseases of the brain and cognitive decline). Coffee also reduces inflammatory activity and improves metabolism.”
But what about high blood pressure? Doesn’t coffee cause that?
“Drinking coffee can raise blood pressure briefly, right after consumption,” according to Michael Downey at Life Extension Magazine. “But its compounds have a longer-term benefit: daily coffee consumption decreases blood pressure readings after just 8 weeks, believed to be a result of the beneficial action of chlorogenic acids on the arteries.”
Here’s a list of coffee benefits from Life Extension Magazine.
- Coffee is the greatest source of antioxidants in the American diet. And the good news is that sound scientific studies have found that the common fears about excess coffee consumption are invalid, and higher intake means bigger benefits.
- An impressive number of studies have shown a strong association between higher consumption of coffee and a significantly reduced risk of most chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and others.
- With over 1,000 phytochemicals, coffee’s unparalleled antioxidant punch no doubt plays a role in its protection against disease. But a multitude of direct biological actions on the body are suspected, such as an improvement in intracellular signaling,95,96 which may help prevent cancer, diabetes and more.
- Drinking just one cup of coffee a day – caffeinated or decaffeinated – can decrease the risk of developing diabetes by 13%.24 But at 12 cups a day, the risk of getting diabetes is slashed by 67%.
- Far from being a risky habit, coffee has now been shown to provide powerful protection against an epidemic of diabetes and a rising tide of other age-related diseases. It’s an all-natural and inexpensive elixir – to go!
“So clear your mind as you sip the delicious brew!” Dr Leaf advises.