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10 Amazing Health Benefits of Coffee

I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.  

Louisa May Alcott

Coffee is a powerful antioxidant and scientists are exploding with new research on the positive effects coffee’s phytochemicals can have on the body.

Get to know your body’s response to it, if it starts to interrupt your sleep or make you jittery, cut back. As the wise say: everything in moderation.

  • Caffeine stimulates, or excites, the brain and nervous system, and research suggests in may decrease your chances of Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
  • All writers know that coffee makes you a better writer. 
  • Coffee may decrease your risk for heart attack and stroke (especially in women). 
  • Coffee (caffeine) functions as an adjunct pain reliever.
  • It reduces depression rates in women.
  • Coffee can protect against some cancers.
  • If you have fatty liver disease, It may reduce your risk of fibrosis.
  • It has shown to help reduce triglyceride levels. 
  • Coffee reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Plain java is good for weight loss: only 5 calories a cup.

On the downside: coffee can make heartburn and breast cysts worse, and if you’re pregnant talk to your provider before you drink it. It also acts as a diuretic, so expect frequent trips to the bathroom.

Here’s my new favorite way to brew, The pour over method.
 
Look, we even have the government’s blessing! Off to get another cup.
Coffee - the favorite drink of the civilized world.  Thomas Jefferson
Coffee – the favorite drink of the civilized world.
Thomas Jefferson

By Kathy

I am a Nurse Practitioner from Rochester, NY presently working in both the inpatient and outpatient hospital psychiatric settings.