99 Benefits Of Coffee – Part 4 of 11

1. Coffee can reduce risk of digestive diseases

Before I did my research, I was only aware that I just love to drink coffee after any meal, and I know it makes me feel good.

Now I know that this is backed by scientific researches and studies, and it makes me feel much better.

Coffee has been considered unhealthy drink for so long, while in meantime many benefits of coffee came to light.

On that note, coffee has been proved (up to some point) to be actually beneficial for the digestive system, too.

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Data from several studies suggest that coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of developing gallbladder disease. Three large studies suggest that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of symptomatic gallstones compared to non-coffee drinkers and that the risk continues to fall as coffee consumption increases.

The evidence suggests that moderate coffee consumption may reduce the risk of developing a range of liver diseases, such as liver fibrosis, cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, and Hepatitis-C.

Well, I guess I’ll keep that habit for a longer while.

2. Coffee can reduce risk of melanoma

A new study finds that drinking four or more cups of coffee a day, which seems to be more than enough, is linked to a reduced risk for melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

The researchers addressed this question by looking at data from over 447.000 participants, in a study long more than a decade. The participants age ranged from 50-71 years old, and were cancer-free at the beginning of the study. At the end of the study just over 2,900 of the participants developed malignant melanoma, and over 1,900 developed another form of skin cancer. The researchers looked for correlations between diet and skin cancer development.

They found that among the most committed coffee drinkers – four cups a day – the risk of malignant melanoma fell by 20%. The connection applied only to caffeinated coffee and melanoma – it wasn’t there for decaffeinated coffee, or the other form of skin cancer included in the study, melanoma in-situ.

There’s no a definite answer to this question yet, and it’s probably individually. However, this is not a reason to start drinking coffee if you haven’t before, or change your coffee habits whatsoever.

To protect your skin, always wear sunscreen.

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3. Coffee can get rid of dandruff

According to Sabrina Perkins, a lifestyle blogger and woman’s clothes creator, the caffeine in coffee has white crystalline powder that is a naturally occurring stimulant is excellent for penetrating the hair follicles and stimulating them. Caffeine can also add a natural sheen to hair but many use it to help in slowing down hair loss while speeding up hair growth with the hair follicle stimulation. This is why a coffee scrub is so amazing for hair growth.

The exfoliate properties help to remove dead skin cells, dirt, dandruff, oil and even product build-up which can clog your scalp’s pores.

Check out her natural DIY coffee scrubs recipes for hair and scalp and give your coffee grounds some new purpose.

4. Coffee can make you move better

While the science isn’t solid yet on caffeine’s role as a training aid, the research so far is encouraging.

Caffeine’s main effect on the body is to increase alertness and arousal, which can make workouts seem not so bad. It also may help the muscles burn more fat.

Caffeine can shift muscles to burn fat more quickly, which can preserve glycogen stores and give muscles more time before they wear out. This leads to a longer and less painful workout. Some researchers also believe that caffeine may work directly on muscle by improving its efficiency in generating power.

It’s not yet conclusive how long you have to exercise for caffeine to trigger the shift to fat-burning, but most studies have tested caffeine’s effect on muscles after about two hours. Caffeine’s energizing effects start to peak about an hour after ingestion and can last from three to six hours.

It’s also unclear how much coffee you need to get the exercise benefits. Exercise experts suggest drinking a cup of coffee an hour or so before a workout and seeing if the buzz helps you power through more easily and with less fatigue.

5. Coffee has endless amount of varieties

The original varieties were formed naturally in the wild through ancient mutations, just like all other plants.

Almost all arabica coffee varieties we know and love stem from two original varieties: Typicaand Bourbon. These two are at the top of the family tree.

Out of modern varieties, some plants mutated on their own, creating new varieties.

glass cups filled with coffee beans
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Some of the plants cross-pollinated in the wild to create hybrids. Mundo Novo is a natural hybrid of typica and bourbon that was also discovered in Brazil in the 1940’s. The cherries mature slowly, but production is high and the flavors are of especially high quality at upper altitudes.

And some plants are cultivated in labs until the right varieties are formed to meet certain criteria, such as disease resistance, yield, or flavor.

However, keep an eye out for those rare and exceptionally tasty varieties, like Geisha. You may have to fork up a few extra dollars for them, but they’ll be worth it.

Geisha coffee variety is native to the Gesha Forest in Ethiopia. It has a crisp, exotic acidity and floral character, earning the love of the global coffee industry.

6. Coffee gives your memory a boost

Some studies have shown that caffeine may enhance memory performance, particularly when tedious, repetitive tasks are involved.

Low doses of caffeine may enhance working memory performance, while higher doses have been found to decrease it, possibly due to over-stimulation.

Another study tested college students to see if they could recall words from six different lists comprising 15 words each, after 200mg caffeine intake. The words on each list were semantically related to a single word (a “critical lure”) that was not present in the list. The students recalled more listed words and more “critical lures” with caffeine intake than with the placebo.

Caffeine appeared to intensify the connections among listed words and critical lures, hence enhancing both true memory (participants memorized and recalled only words from the list) and false memory (participants quoted words that were not on the original list but were related to the list words, i.e. induced by the lure).

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7. Coffee is delicious

Even though the most of what we taste we actually smell.

Say what?!

The only sensations that we pick up in our mouth are sweet, sour, bitter, umami and salty. Without its smell, coffee would have only a sour or bitter taste due to the organic acids. Try it with your next cup of coffee – hold your nose as you take your first sip.

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The rich satisfying sensation of coffee is almost entirely due to the volatile compounds produced when we roast coffee beans.

And long story – short, it’s really delicious.

8. Coffee will help you with productivity

Time and again, caffeine proves to be a powerful and efficient stimulant. But the question of its effectiveness towards personal productivity has no right answer.

Countless studies have shown that in small doses, caffeine can be incredibly effective, providing your body with a short boost of energy and alertness. It is also proven to, among other things, provide enhanced motor and cognitive performance, a short-term memory boost, and increased accuracy of reactions and the ability to focus attention.

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In moderation, coffee is known to be a rather healthy drink with a handful of health benefits.

The best advice is to take it slow and see how your body reacts to the caffeine in a single cup of coffee.

9. Coffee can prevent gum disease

This might be the exact opposite of mos people beliefs.

However, the researchers of one study published by Boston University followed a group of one thousand men for thirty years to find that drinking coffee can help your gums stay healthy.

Now, coffee will still stain your teeth, says Dr. Garcia, but you don’t have to worry about it leading to any dental demise.

Fair enough, I say.

Enjoy your coffee!


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