By Christy Piña
If you are sitting there with your morning coffee and wondering if your daily cup is damaging to your health, worry not!
According to a November 2015 study in “Circulation,” the American Heart Association’s scientific journal, coffee consumption was associated with an 8–15 percent reduction in the risk of death. Similar studies have found that coffee consumption also reduces the risk of cardiovascular health, Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and liver cancer, just to name a few.
Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard School of Public Health did a study in which they found that drinking coffee in moderation (about two 8-ounce cups), protects against heart failure. People who drank four 8-ounce cups of coffee a day had an 11 percent lower risk of heart failure.
Type 2 Diabetes
Harvard School of Public Health researchers conducted a study over the course of four years where they discovered that participants who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day had an 11 percent lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Not only does a higher intake of coffee lower likelihood of Parkinson’s disease, but caffeine may also help control Parkinson’s, according to a study conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.
Italian researchers found that coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by about 40 percent. Some of the results also suggested that drinking three cups a day reduces the risk by more than 50 percent.
So next time you are ready for your second cup of coffee, go ahead and pour it — you will most likely benefit from it in the long run!