6 healthy reasons to indulge your coffee cravings

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You may be surprised to learn that coffee can decrease your odds of developing the following health issues:

1. Stroke:

People who consumed higher amounts of coffee (and/or green tea) each day showed a lower risk of stroke when compared to those who rarely consumed the beverages.

2. Diabetes:

People who increase their coffee consumption by more than one cup per day over a long period had a  lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes

3. Stress:

Does the smell of a luxurious rich roast seem to wake you up on a sluggish morning? Turns out the aroma may help minimize the effects of sleep deprivation on your body. A 2008 study found that when stressed-out, sleep-deprived rats simply smelled coffee, they experienced a trigger in gene activity known to protect nerve cells from stress-related damage.

4. Parkinson’s disease:

If Parkinson’s disease runs in your family, here’s some promising news: A 2007 study conducted on people with a family history found that those who drank coffee were less likely to develop the debilitating neurological disease than those who didn’t drink the brew.

5. Breast cancer:

Women who drank boiled Scandinavian coffee, which is similar to stronger French press, Turkish, or Greek varieties, more than four times a day had a reduced risk of breast cancer when compared to women who drank it less than once a day, according to a 2010 study published in the journal Cancer Causes & Control.

An important note: Because the coffee wasn’t filtered, it contained up to 80 times as many coffee-specific fatty acids, which have been linked to slower growth of cancerous cells.

6. Heart disease:

Drinking 3 to 4 cups of coffee per day can lower your risk of developing clogged arteries, an indicator of heart disease. It was also found that post-menopausal women who drank 1 to 3 cups of coffee per day lowered their risk of death from cardiovascular disease and other inflammatory diseases.

 

AN IMPORTANT NOTE: Most health experts agree that it is wise to limit your intake to a few cups a day. Overdoing it can lead to interrupted sleep or insomnia, stomachaches, a racing heart, nervousness, irritability, and nausea. Remember, we’re talking coffee with a splash of milk — not loaded with whipped cream and sugary syrups, which can actually raise your risk for diseases like stroke and diabetes.

Also, doctors recommend that pregnant women or people with certain health issues, such as high blood pressure or high blood sugar, limit their caffeine intake. Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about how much coffee is safe for you.