Coffee is a “guilty pleasure”.
Not like sneaking a smoke.
Oh no! Not nearly that bad! But nothing that good is good.
Here’s the surprise! Not only isn’t it bad, it’s a boost to your health.
Dr. Masato Tsutsui( Pharmacology Department, University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa) studied 27 people. His subjects let him noninvasively measure blood flow in a finger after drinking coffee. The results? A 30% improvement. Blood flow in a finger is considered a good proxy for how blood might flow in the smaller vessels of the body. And a particularly good proxy for how coffee might protect the blood vessels of the heart.
Several studies have shown that coffee supports liver function. Heavy drinkers got by longer without wrecking their livers.
There’s statistical (but not causal) evidence that coffee reduces the risk of type II diabetes. Other studies showed strong evidence for a protective effect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Basal cell carnoma (a type of skin cancer)? Yup. Coffee again.
And, if you’re a guy and you have a prostate, coffee again. It lowers the risk of prostate cancer. Quite substantially.
Lots of studies show coffee drinkers don’t get depressed as easily either.
Maybe it’s the atmosphere at Starbucks.
Why does it always come to this? There always some downside.
If you drink way too much coffee, you’re going to get frazzled nerves and jangled sleep. But you knew that. And certain coffees are high in a substance that’s not so good for your cholesterol. Pregnant people – especially women – should probably take it easy with the java too.
Weighing all the many pros and adjusting for the few cons, most people who enjoy a good cup of coffee – even two – can ditch the guilt. Coffee? It’s a good thing.
Don’t get too carried away. I don’t want to hear you’re drinking back-to-back coffees all day.
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The drawing is mine.