Does Coffee Have Health Benefits?

Written by Amber on May 2, 2010 – 10:53 am -

Another recent study indicates that YES, coffee may indeed have many health benefits! Music to my ears.

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Behold:

  • Coffee drinkers may be at lower risk of liver and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Coffee-drinking men seemed to have a lower risk of advanced or lethal prostate cancer than other men, and middle-aged people who drank moderate amounts of coffee — three to five cups a day — had the lowest risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life compared to less (or more) frequent drinkers.
  • Polyphenols or flavonoids, the type of antioxidants found in coffee, are also found in other foods and drinks, like tea, red wine, and chocolate. All three have been proven to moderately help brain function, a benefit that can’t be chalked up to caffeine
  • Coffee may even have a hormone-like effect in the body, …A compound known as trigonelline “can act like estrogen,” he says.

These quotes, taken from the recent article published on CNN Health, are just a few of the possible benefits mentioned.

I found the tidbit about the estrogen-like hormone to be the most interesting. If true, could this be supporting evidence for why coffee seems to help my mood swings when suffering from PMS and other hormonal fluctuations? I have already seen how coffee can help with headaches and mental alertness. For me, the proof is in the pudding. Or the coffee, as the case may be.

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