While most individuals drink coffee on a daily basis for the purpose of satisfying their caffeine cravings or to simply get enough energy to wake up in the morning, few of those individuals never stop to consider the health benefits they may be receiving just from drinking coffee. In fact, most people are under the impression that coffee is actually bad for our health!
One of the most talked about health issues in today’s society is type 2 diabetes. As of 2011, the National Diabetes Fact sheet has reported that 8.3% of the population has diabetes, that’s a whopping 25.8 million people! Now imagine, if you could decrease your chances of developing type 2 diabetes by even a fraction, what would you do? What if I told you that having a cup of coffee from a coffee maker like the Hamilton Beach Brewstation could help you?
In a study conducted by The American Chemical Society, researchers were able to identify two forms of compounds found in coffee that have the ability to inhibit the process of hIAPP, a substance that causes type 2 diabetes to develop in the human body. Individuals who drink four or more cups of coffee have a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 50%. Not only that, every additional cup of coffee per day can reduce your risk by 7% more. While that may seem incredible, coffee has many other health benefits as well.
If that wasn’t enough to sway your thoughts towards making coffee consumption a part of your daily lifestyle, then consider your health years from now when you’re starting to advance in age and the thought of leaving your life in the hands of an inexperienced nurse in the local nursing home seems too horrifying to imagine. As people age, we’re more than likely to hear terms like Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or even Parkinson’s disease spewing from our doctor’s mouth. While these terms may sound alarming, rest assured that if you’re drinking coffee everyday then you’ve done at least some part in trying to reduce your risk of developing these neurodegenerative diseases.
According to Dr. Chuanhai Cao, Ph.D, a neuroscientist from the University of South Florida’s College of Pharmacy and Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease have an excess of beta-amyloid protein that builds up in the brain. The caffeine found in coffee can inhibit the production of this protein while allowing your body system to metabolize the excess protein. Coffee drinkers who drink at least three cups of coffee per day have shown to have a 60% decreased risk in developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia while the risk of Parkinson’s disease was decreased by 30%. In both cases, additional consumption of coffee resulted in an increased risk reduction.
If the possibility of developing a neurodegenerative disease doesn’t really scare you, then the thought of skin cancer may be right up your alley. These days a lot of women are really into tanning and some go to extreme lengths to achieve their ideal sun kissed glow. With that being said, it comes as no surprise that in the United States, Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of cancer with 2.8 million new cases being reported each year. Although this form of cancer is usually not fatal, it can cause disfigurement if left untreated.
In a study conducted by Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s hospital in 2012, 112,897 men and women were followed over the course of 20 years. In their results, women who consumed three cups of coffee per or more, were less likely to develop Basal Cell Carcinoma than those who did not and those who chose to drink decaffeinated coffee.
While coffee can provide the body many benefits that may ward off serious health risks, it also gives positive health benefits that we can use in our everyday lives. For example, athletes who need a pick me up before working out can use their Hamilton Beach BrewStation to grab a cup of iced coffee to increase the count of fatty acids, which can be found circulating in the blood stream. These fatty acids are absorbed by the athlete’s muscles and are converted into fuel which allows the athlete to perform better.
According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Scranton, coffee is also the number one source of antioxidants over any other food source available scoring well above the number of antioxidants received from fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are instrumental in their prevention of degenerative age related diseases in the human body such as heart disease, cancer, cardio vascular disease, cataracts, immune dysfunction, and cognitive impairment all the while clearing free radicals from the body.
If you’re not interested in receiving any health benefits from drinking coffee every day, then you’re left with the peace of mind that simply by drinking coffee you are stimulating your brain and allowing it work in a much more focused way. In fact, in an article from CNN, psychologist Harris Lieberman from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine’s Military Nutrition Division, says that caffeine found in coffee enables a person who is otherwise sleep deprived to become more energized ensuring that most complex functions like reaction time, attention, and logical reasoning are measurably improved.
Although coffee may contribute many wonderful benefits to your overall health, keep in mind that moderation is key and passing on the extra sugar and cream will help you out more in the grand scheme of things.