Coffee and Your Health
Author: Rob Date Posted:18 June 2012
In the past, coffee got a bad rap when it came to your health. While pundits expounded on the virtues of herbal teas, coffee was seen to have few benefits beyond waking you up in the morning and keeping you going after lunch.
That’s changing, though, as continuing research reveals that coffee is actually good for you.
A recent Herald Sun article proclaimed, Coffee drinking linked to longer life. What? Has the Fountain of Youth been right under our noses and we didn’t even know it? Not exactly, but the article did cite a New England Journal of Medicine study that concluded: “People who drank at least six cups of coffee a day lowered their risk of premature death by as much as 15 percent.” Think about that next time you reorder your Lavazza coffee pods from Bluepod Coffee Company.
At the Indian Coffee Museum in the village of Chikmagalur in Karnataka, a plaque reveals some of the health benefits of coffee. These include:
- Asthma relief
- Reduced risk of gallstones
- Reduced risk of colon cancer
- Lessens the severity of Parkinson’s Disease
- Helps prevent suicide
Are these claims substantiated by science or are they just an advertising campaign in one of India’s biggest coffee producing regions? Surprisingly, a 2006 Good Morning America segment backs up some of those claims, stating that daily “cups of coffee have been linked to a reduced risk of Parkinson's disease, liver cancer, gallstones and type 2 diabetes.” Other studies include colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and allergies to the list of diseases coffee can help prevent. About the only claim that hasn’t been substantiated by science is that it helps prevent suicide. Perhaps that one is just an assumption made by coffee lovers, who always seem to see the brighter side of life after enjoying a cappuccino made on their free espresso machine from Bluepod Coffee Company.
The Good Morning America segment goes on to tout the benefits of antioxidants. Antioxidants are nature’s way of fighting back against free radicals: toxic substances that accumulate in the body and lead to a host of deadly diseases. While antioxidants are found in greater abundance in many fruits, green tea and other plant-based foods than in coffee, most of us drink far more coffee than green tea or cranberry juice. In fact, a University of Scranton (Pennsylvania) study revealed that coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the coffee loving United States by an enormous margin.
At the entrance to the Indian Coffee Museum, another plaque quotes a Turkish proverb: “Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love.” While you may prefer a mellower blend from your selection of Lavazza coffee pods, it’s hard to dispute the sentiments. And isn’t it nice to know that when you use your free coffee machine from Bluepod, your coffee is not only delicious, but nutritious as well?