The many benefits of drinking coffee

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Your morning cup of joe has heart-healthy benefits. Apart from that morning boost of mental and physical energy we all feel from out morning fix, there a a bunch of ancillary benefits worth noting.

Coffee drinkers have stronger DNA.

A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition showed that coffee drinkers have DNA with stronger integrity since the white blood cells of coffee drinkers had far less instance of spontaneous DNA strand breakage.

Protection against Parkinson’s

Even newer research out of Sweden revealed that drinking coffee reduces the risk of Parkinson’s even when genetic factors come into play. Yet another study found that caffeine combined with EHT (a compound found in coffee beans) provided protective benefits to rats that were genetically predisposed to developing Parkinson’s.

Prevents Retinal Damage.

A Cornell University Study showed that coffee may prevent retinal damage due to oxidative stress. Caffeine isn’t the culprit here, but chlorogenic acid (CLA), which is one of the strong antioxidants found in the coffee bean.

Coffee may protect against periodontal disease.

As part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Longitudinal Study coffee consumption and dental health among 1,152 men was tracked from 1968-1998. The researchers found that coffee didn’t promote gum disease and actually showed a protective benefit.

Helps people get along with co-workers better. 

Studies show that workers/ workplaces who consume coffee have a more positive view of self and others than do workers/ workspaces that do not consume coffee. Coffee consumption also enhanced participation in workplace group activities.

Coffee reduces colorectal cancer risk.

Even moderate consumption of coffee can reduce the odds of developing colorectal cancer by 26%. This protective benefit increases with more consumption.

A more complete list of the benefits of caffeine can be found here. Read about it along with other heart-helping morning rituals here

by The Editors of Healthy Starts Made Simple