October 18, 2005

Mmmmm Coffee

So I just read this article – in Forbes about coffee (also click on the link at the bottom of the article about 10 health benefits of coffee). I had read something about it before but this really sums it up well. Here’s the quote:

"The problem is that there is a preconceived notion that coffee is bad. It
arrived relatively early when the studies weren't at the level of current
studies," says Peter R. Martin, a professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at
Vanderbilt University. "There's no compelling evidence that shows it's harmful,
and everyday there's more evidence that shows coffee is beneficial."

And here’s some statistics from the article that I liked:
  • 80% of Americans drink coffee, and more than half of the population drinks it every day
  • Coffee is the main source of antioxidants for Americans.
  • Studies link coffee drinking and the prevention of degenerative diseases. Research shows that the more coffee a person drinks, the lower their risk is of developing Parkinson's disease. Studies show those who drink coffee on a daily basis may also be 60% to 80% less likely to develop Parkinson's
  • An antioxidant in coffee called methylpyridinium has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of colorectal and other cancers. The compound, which is formed during the roasting process of coffee beans, is found almost exclusively in coffee and is said to boost blood enzymes.
  • Another study by researchers at the National Cancer Center in Tokyo found that coffee drinkers were half as likely as nondrinkers to develop liver cancer.
So yeah… coffee… it’s good stuff. Think I'll have another cup now.
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