So what if there was a pill that would make you less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. What would that be worth to you? And what if it also made you less likely to develop some kinds of cancer, heart problems or to suffer from stroke? Now what is it worth? Hopefully its worth the price of a cup of coffee.
Research is showing that coffee has a wide set of health benefits. One study showed that people who drank 4-6 8-ounce cups a day had a 28% lower risk of diabetes. Is this because you don’t tend to sit still on that much coffee? Well the caffeine content isn’t likely the source of the health benefits. More likely are the high amounts of anti-oxidants, magnesium and chromium. The latter nutrients are involved in how the body processes insulin. Magnesium has also been stripped out of the American diet. Whole wheat flour is usually high in it, however white flour has little of it. While some of the other nutrients stripped out of white flour are added back, magnesium is not. So coffee may help remedy this situation.
Researchers aren’t sure why, but there does seem to be firm evidence that drinking coffee leads to less liver cancer and liver cirrhosis. Other research has found that coffee drinkers are 20% less likely to have abnormal heart rhythms. Two or more cups of coffee a day were also found to lead to a 20% decrease in risk of stroke. Those are very encouraging numbers. Drinking coffee is a great medicine snack.