Is Coffee Medicine Or Beverage?

Benefits of drinking coffeeWhen you start reading about coffee and the benefits and if it is good for you it is clear that there are many opinions about that subject.
There are however recent studies that shows that coffee contains some essential nutrients.
Can coffee be more than just a beverage? Can it be considerate a medicine maybe?
Here are proven facts behind coffee and the benefits of drinking coffee for health

A single cup of coffee contains:

  • Riboflavin
    This contains 11% of our recommended daily Vitamin B2

  • Pantothenic acid
    This contains 6% of our daily recommended daily Vitamin B5

  • Manganese and Potassium
    This contains 3% of our recommended daily intake of these

  • Magnesium and Niacin
    This Contains 2% of our recommended daily Vitamin B3

This might not look like a lot, but you have to remember that most people drink more than one cup of coffee daily. Drinking more will add up these amounts fast.

My Take! I live in the state of Kentucky and we drink a lot of ice tea here. That also contains caffeine.
Not as much as coffee since we drink it with ice but it still adds up.

Can coffee make you happier?

In a study of the Harvard University did they found that woman who drank two more cups of coffee per day had 20% less change of becoming depressed.
It also showed in another study that they were 53% less likely to commit suicide.
Coffee in combination with a healthy attitude can make you happier.

Since coffee seems to reduce the risk of becoming depressed I think we can agree that coffee makes you happier.

Can coffee reduce the risk on some types of cancer?

In studies it seems that coffee appears to be protective of liver cancer and colorectal cancer.
There was a study in which they followed 489.706 people and the result was that the ones that drank 4 or 5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower change on colorectal cancer.

My Take:! I think that coffee stimulates a bowl movement and this will help keep your colon clean.

Does coffee raises blood pressure?

It is known that it raised blood pressure but just in a very limited amount of 3-4 mm/Hg.
Most of the time this will go away if you drink coffee on a regular basis.
Just keep it in mind if you have high blood pressure to check how it affects you and ask your doctor if you should drink coffee.

Can coffee prolong your life?

Taken in consideration that drinking coffee reduces the change on many diseases I think this means that coffee in combination with eating right can help you live longer. My only concern is the in some case bad water quality when you read the bad facts about water in the media.

There was a very large study done over a period of that shows that people who drink coffee have a lower risk of death.
20% lower for men and 26% lower for woman.

is coffee a beverage or a medicine

Antioxidants in coffee are beneficial

Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants. In fact the numbers show that people get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruit of vegetables.

Coffee and Alzheimer’s

Drinking coffee has been shown to lower the risk of getting Alzheimer’s with 65%.
Alzheimer’s has no cure up to now and can affect anyone, but usually begins in people over the age of 65 year.
There are things you can do to prevent or slowing it down from showing up.
Eat healthy, exercise regular and now it seems that drinking coffee can also be added to this list.

Coffee and type 2 diabetes

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing health problems in the world and it is estimated to affect over 300 million people worldwide.
There was a study that shows that drinking coffee reduced the risk of diabetes significantly.
It shows that it reduces the change of developing diabetes with 23 – 50 % and there was even one study that showed a 67% reduction.

My Idea! In my opinion this makes coffee to one of the healthiest drinks we have.
I am a regular coffee drinker and love my cup of coffee in the morning to get my day started.
In the resource section below you can find link to all the articles I have used to write this post about the health benefits of drinking coffee.

Coffee and energy drinks

If caffeine is the main ingredient in energy drinks then why is it better not to use energy drinks.
The caffeine in most energy drinks is a synthetic caffeine and made in a laboratory and has nothing to do with the caffeine that comes from plants that we use in our coffee.

Sources: Links to the studies and articles I have used.
http://www.organicauthority.com/health/need-a-lift-or-a-jolt-the-important-differences-between-natural-and-synthetic-caffeine-natural-caffeine-vs-synthetic-why-the-difference-is-important.html
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/beverages/3898/2
www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/coffee-depression-women-ascherio-lucas/
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2012/06/12/ajcn.111.031328.abstract
http://annals.org/aim/article/668690/relationship-coffee-consumption-mortality
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20182026
http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/773949

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