Benefits of coffee
June 13, 2013
Having been in Vancouver now for almost five years I like many others have come to appreciate a good cup of coffee. In Whistler i regularly enjoy a coffee at the Mount Currie Coffee Company or an excellent Stumptown coffee from Purebread in Function Junction.
An article in The New York Times of Sunday June 9th 2013 discussed the benefits of drinking 3 cups of coffee a day.
Studies have linked moderate coffee drinking with an array of health benefits including a reduction in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, basal cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, oral cancer and breast cancer recurrence.
A 2012 study from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami tested the blood levels of caffeine in older adults with mild cognitive impairment, or the first glimmer of serious forgetfulness, a common precursor of Alzheimers disease, and then re-evaluated them two to four years later. Participants with little or no caffeine circulating in their blood streams were far more likely to have progressed to full-blown Alzheimers than those whose blood indicated they’d had about three cups’ worth of caffeine.
Researchers are not sure what active ingredient causes these improvments but it certainly makes the coffee taste better when you know it may be doing some good.
It may be worth thinking though about the amount of cream and sugar you add though.
Based on an article by Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times Magazine, June 9, 2013