5 Unexpected Health Benefits Of Drinking Coffee

While taking care of your community, you need to do the same for your body. Drinking coffee might be a great way to keep your body healthy and ready for anything!

Midway through your 24-hour shift at the fire house and you're refilling your Snoopy coffee mug, for the fifth freakin' time.

For those who make their living serving others, long days are par for the course; and cups of rich, steaming Joe may be a necessary part of staying alert and enthusiastic. But hidden in that afternoon pick-me-up are other health benefits that may help prevent some really nasty stuff.

If your day includes numerous cups of coffee, you may want to read this before you try to cut back. Coffee's magical properties don't stop at protecting you from falling asleep on patrol:

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Coffee 1, Diabetes 0

Type 2 diabetes diagnoses are flooding in more frequently than reports of drunken public urination. More and more people are instructed to make huge changes in their diets and lifestyles in order to prevent this deadly condition.

Nothing trumps a healthy diet and regular exercise, but coffee may offer some protection against diabetes. A study published in the Lancet journal found that Dutch subjects who consumed seven or more cups of regular coffee each day reported lower diabetes incidence rates than those who drank two or fewer cups per day.

Sure, seven cups of coffee is a lot, but these anti-diabetes benefits only occur with regular use of multiple cups of coffee. Coffee helps lower blood glucose levels, which may explain the diabetes-fighting effect.

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Coffee Against Cancer

A study performed by the Research Center for Military Health in Yaounde, Cameroon found that regular consumption of coffee is associated with a reduction in the risk of a wide variety of different cancers, including liver, kidney, liver and colorectal cancers. The study also found that coffee is unrelated to the development of prostate, pancreatic, and ovarian cancers.

If you've considered cutting your morning cup because of cancer risks, you can put your mind at ease. In fact, you might consider having another round of the grounds.

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Gout-B-Gone

One study noted that those who consumed at least four cups of coffee per day had lower rates of gout by nearly 40%. Coffee consumption helps reduce the body's production of uric acid, the main culprit in causing this disorder.

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Parkinson's Disease Prevention

A study found that those who were consuming at least five cups of coffee per day had a greater reduction in incidence rates of Parkinson's over a 13-year period than those who were drinking fewer than five cups or no coffee at all.

This same study found that drinking three cups of tea per day could reduce
the risk of Parkinson's disease.

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Fat Fighter

The image of heavyset cops anchored in a donut shop while the bad guys run amuck persists, even if it's not really a reality. If you're a police officer though, you may find yourself sitting more often than not. This inactivity could lead to unwanted weight gain.

Help rev your metabolism by drinking some coffee. Caffeine increases the body's metabolic rate, which could help you burn through more calories. This metabolic increase isn't extreme, but over time, may add up to
be a great help to your waistline.

Coffee Caveats

Don't offset these black-coffee bonuses
by stopping at JavaHutt for a grande whipped caramel mocha peppermint frappaccino. There's too much sugar, too many calories and way too many syllables. Keep it simple: black is best.

If you plan on sleeping at night, try not to drink coffee in the late afternoon or evening. The caffeine could keep you from getting a healthy amount of sleep, which could trade those great health benefits for other risks. Save it for the earlier hours when you need that jumpstart.


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I’ve been working in the field of exercise science for the last 8 years. I’ve written a number of online and print articles.

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teslation

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glad to know all that, thx 4 sharing

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this make me happy. always good to know one of my addictions is not killing me!

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Nice, i thought the 3 cups i have a day was maybe too much. But yeah, i love the taste, the smell, and i love a nice espresso on Sunday Morning eating my proteing pancakes :-)

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and the best pre workout ;)

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Great! I think I might make a fresh pot of coffee for the rest of the office now.

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Caffeine is pretty poisonous stuff. The article doesn't mention that too much caffeine can be bad. The pros far outweight the cons especially if you do it in moderation but abusing it can be hard on the ticker as my father found out. My 2 cents.

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How many people drink black coffee? And how many drink 1-2 cups only? Not many. They load it with sugar and cream and drink it all day to cover up their poor sleep habits which the caffeine may or may not be directly related to.

I'll stay away from coffee despite what this says. If I want a caffeine boost I'll get some caffeine tabs though tt's not energy, it's stress.

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anything that justifies my addictions i love...

joedzilla, i second the pancake sentiment...

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Awesome! I've got to have my coffee every morning!

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I love coffee as much as the next person but it would be nice to see what the negative effects of this much coffee would be. The caffeine and acidity that it produces in the body is definitely not too great for you.

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I LOVE coffee i grew up with my grandmother in Dominican Republic , everyone in D.R drinks coffee , specially old people, thanks to grand ma i have been enjoying this drink since i was 5 years old...so am really happy to read about the health benefits ! but i would still drink it even if it was bad for me...lol

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100% good

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So recently I starting having a couple dark chocolate covered coffee beans. So question for a good pre-workout would plain or homemade covered or uncovered coffee beans be ok ??

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sick article!! I always knew the benefits of a good ol black cuppa joe - Nice to see it backed up with facts. :D

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Great..thanks for sharing

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Thank you for sharing :) I love my coffee.

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its great pleasure to read the healthy effects of coffee as i love it

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ive been using coffee and its benifits for yrs now... always BLACK NO SUGAR!!! :)

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I drink 2 cups every morning, fresh ground with a few hazlenut flavor thrown in, no sugar, no cream, pour and drink,
if on a weekend, afternoon, add some Bailey's to it, nice!!

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wow...informative!

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i love coffee. now i like it even more

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And I thought it was just good to keep me awake!

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The fact of the matter is that coffee contains caffeine; which we do not need. In fact, caffeine is a drug that way too many adults are dependent on. If you review the bulk of the literature, you will find that coffee should be avoided altogether.

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Cool, its good when clients say should i stop drinking coffee, now i got an awesome answer and some back. Thank you so much

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I love my cup of espresso with honey in the morning.

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