For many people, coffee is a way of life, something that the day cannot start without. There are blogs dedicated to the love of coffee such as Pure Coffee Blog or Dear Coffee I Love You . There is a whole world of merchandise that speaks directly to our need for morning coffee. Despite the years of hearing about all of the risks coffee can pose to our health, such as stunted growth or heart disease and cancer, our love for coffee has stayed strong.
Now, in a total scientific reversal, it seems that the coffee ‘habit’ is a life extender rather than a risk to our health. The Mayo Clinic has announced that the negative claims were wrong and didn’t take into account the lifestyle choices of most heavy coffee drinkers like smoking and lack of exercise. Instead they have found that benefits include protecting against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease. It also lists an improvement in cognitive function and a decrease in the risk of depression.
In addition, there have been two more recent findings associated with coffee beans and the medical industry. Scientific American wrote about a new study that shows Women who drank more than three cups of coffee daily were 21 percent less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma (BCC), compared with women who drank less than one cup of caffeinated coffee per month, the study showed. For men, this risk reduction was 10 percent. And coffee as a painkiller? Yes, apparently a study has shown that coffee contains a protein with an effect similar to morphine, and that the new substance’s effect lasts longer. The discovery has great “biotechnological potential” for the health food industry, and could also help to minimize stress in animals at slaughterhouses.
Who knew? From vice to wonder bean. Stay tuned as we continue to keep you updated on the latest research on coffee and your health. What will they find next?