Tom Bolland, from the UK who shares his thoughts in Happy Barista. com recently wrote an article on the health benefits of coffee, my favorite beverage, so I thought I’d share it with the Healthy Lombard followers. Tom writes that collectively, we pour 1.4 billion cups of coffee every day. That’s an incredible amount. With so many people drinking coffee, it must be good for you, right?
What are the health benefits of drinking coffee? Is coffee good for you? What sort of nutrition is in coffee? If you find yourself asking any of these questions, then you’re in the right place.
The Proven Health Benefits
There are lots of articles out there that tell you that coffee is beneficial for everything. I’m sorry to tell you that this just isn’t the case, however, there are some proven health benefits that have real evidence to back the claims up.
Here are a few benefits we have recently discovered.
Helps Reduce Risk Of Parkinson’s Disease
There have been many studies that show caffeine to be a powerful aid in protecting the body against Parkinson’s disease (PD). With coffee containing a substantial amount of caffeine, it comes to no surprise that our favorite beverage has this benefit too.
Since 1968, there have been studies suggesting that coffee drinkers were less likely to get PD. Multiple epidemiologic studies over the years have confirmed this claim.
Coffee also contains organic acids, sugars, fatty acids, and amino acids. A recent study on one fatty acid in coffee, with a name that I cannot pronounce, Eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide (or EHT), has provided some compelling insights into the biochemical protective mechanisms for a cup of coffee. It showed that EHT and caffeine slow down the progression of the neurodegeneration associated with PD in mice.