There are many advantages to being one of the 54% of Americans over 18 who drink coffee every day. Coffee can be pretty amazing for your brain, your skin and your body.
People get more antioxidants from coffee than from anything else. While fruits and vegetables also have tons of antioxidants, the human body seems to absorb the most from coffee.
Coffee could lessen the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Science Daily reported in 2012 that drinking coffee may help people with Parkinson’s disease control their movement. Ronald Postuma, MD, the study author, said, “Studies have shown that people who use caffeine are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, but this is one of the first studies in humans to show that caffeine can help with movement symptoms for people who already have the disease.”
Coffee is great for your liver (especially if you drink alcohol). A study published in 2006 that included 125,000 people over 22 years showed that those who drink at least one cup of coffee a day were 20% less likely to develop liver cirrhosis, an autoimmune disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption that could lead to liver failure and cancer. Arthur L Klatsky, the lead author of the study, told The Guardian, “Consuming coffee seems to have some protective benefits against alcoholic cirrhosis, and the more coffee a person consumes the less risk they seem to have of being hospitalised or dying of alcoholic cirrhosis.”
Coffee also lowers risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a study from The American Chemical Society. The study’s researchers found that people who drink 4 or more cups of coffee per day reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes by 50%. Subsequently, with every additional cup, the risk gets lowered by 7%.