It’s no secret that we at Body Karma and Karmasutra love coffee for its numerous topical benefits for your skin. It’s a natural exfoliate, increases blood circulation, has the same PH level as your skin, and help stimulate healthy cell regeneration. However, there are many incredible benefits to drinking coffee frequently, too! Within the last 10 years, research has shown that coffee might be one of the best natural ways to fight chronic conditions and even increasing life longevity.
One of the most interesting and exciting pieces of information to be discovered about coffee is that it has been shown to help fight breast, oral, prostate, liver, and endometrial cancer, along with one of the most common forms of skin cancer- basal cell carcinoma. Coffee is full of polyphenols that are antioxidants that have cancer-fighting properties. The polyphenol compounds can also be found in organic fruits and vegetables as well as green tea, but many people don’t know that coffee is an incredible source of them. However, Joe Vinson, a researcher at the University of Scranton who authored a study on coffee, noted, “Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source.”
Although the drinker can feel the immediate effects of coffee, the lasting effects are very positive and can help with a myriad of issues. Research from the European Science Foundations shows that regular coffee drinkers cut down their risk for type-2 diabetes by up to 25%. Similarly, a study published in 2011 in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association has shown that women who drank at least one cup of coffee per day were 20% to 25% less likely to have a stroke than women who drank less. Other studies have demonstrated coffee’s propensity to decrease stroke incidence.
Another study administered by the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy in 2012 analyzed levels of caffeine in patients’ blood over a 2-4 year period. Their findings show that those who drank about 3 cups of coffee per day were significantly less likely to have their dementia progress than those who had less coffee in their system. Other studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Epidemiology, and Neurology have all proven that coffee can help with mental conditions that usually affect people in late adulthood such as Parkinson’s disease and both short and long-term memory.
There are so many reasons that coffee is incredible for your overall health, especially if you are conscious about the way that you drink it. Make sure to use healthier alternatives if sweetening it such as agave or a nut milk rather than creamers filled with chemicals and fake sweeteners. New alternatives such as cold brewed coffee also offer benefits such as higher caffeine and lower acidity.
Adding coffee to your day can have numerous benefits and provide a sometimes-needed boost of energy. How do you take your coffee?