If you’re sat reading this, slurping your coffee and feeling guilty for doing so, then don’t be because, according to a new report, coffee is healthy.
An article found on The New York Times website has revealed to the world that coffee drinking has notable health benefits.
Although their statement — “But it’s only recently that scientists are figuring out that the drink has notable health benefits” — is slightly inaccurate because during the 18th century coffee was seen and advertised as a healthy, invigorating drink, the good news for coffee drinkers everywhere cannot be denied.
The results come from a 13-year stud,y which followed over 400,000 people and their relationship with coffee to conclude these findings.
It was found that women who drank three to four cups of coffee a day were up to 13 percent less likely to die during the study.
Obviously, these women weren’t drinking Starbuck’s toilet water coffee from Hong Kong.
Furthermore, the report found that coffee may in fact protect against type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of diabetes affecting people across the world.
Although the diabetes findings were already widely known, the reassurance that coffee and diabetes still has a healthy relationship is always something people want to hear.
As if that wasn’t enough to ease the guilt of coffee drinking, then the knowledge that animal experiments show caffeine can help reshape the biochemical environment of our brains to help keep dementia at bay should be.
This coffee experiment involved starving mice of oxygen for a short period, which caused them to lose the ability to form memories.
After, half of the mice were given a dose of caffeine, which is roughly equivalent to several cups of coffee for us.
After being allowed back onto a healthy supply of oxygen, the mice that had received the caffeine boost regained the ability to form memories 33 percent faster than the other mice.
A human study of the benefits of coffee was then carried out later in 2012.
This study tested the caffeine levels in older adults with memory problems. All participants who had little to no caffeine in their blood were more likely to develop severe Alzheimer’s than those who had been enjoying their several cups of coffee.
Coffee has always been popular, and it will continue to be so, especially with health benefit studies such as this coming to the public’s knowledge.
Happy coffee drinking.
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