Health Benefits of Coffee
Your morning cup of coffee is more than just a pick me up. This delicious beverage has been found to have numerous health benefits.
Did you know that regular black coffee (without milk or cream) has a very low calorie count. A typical cup of black coffee only contains around 2 calories. However, if you add sugar and milk, the calorie count can shoot up.
Recent studies conducted also show that coffee may help protect against type 2 diabetes. Researchers at UCLA identified that drinking coffee increases plasma levels of the protein sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG controls the biological activity of the body’s sex hormones (testosterone and oestrogen) which play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.
If that wasn’t good news enough for the coffee addicts out there, researchers in the U.S. carried out a study that assessed the link between coffee consumption and Parkinson’s disease risk. The authors of the study concluded that “higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease”.
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In addition, caffeine in coffee may help control movement in people suffering from Parkinson’s, according to a study conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) that was published in the journal Neurology.
But don’t forget that too much of a good thing can be bad for you, so drink your java, but in moderation. Two cups is more than enough to give you all the health benefits, without the negative effects.
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