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Is Coffee Really Healthy For You? – Living Well

When It Comes To Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and possibly some cancers, coffee is one of the healthiest drinks in the world. In fact, according to numerous studies, coffee can significantly lower your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. Why is coffee so good for you? It turns out that caffeine acts as an antioxidant, supporting the brain’s cellular function and overall immune response. In addition to coffee helping with cognitive function, it may also decrease your risk of liver, stomach, breast, and brain cancers. Scientifically speaking, you have every reason to continue enjoying your morning cup of joe guilt-free!

Key Takeaways:

  • There is growing evidence that coffee provides significant health benefits for regular drinkers.
  • After a discredited study that raised concerns about increased risk of cancer, large studies suggest that coffee prevents Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s.
  • The caffeine in coffee confers health benefit as an antioxidant and a stimulant, but the benefits mostly accrue to drinkers of two to three cups a day

“But most importantly, two large-scale meta-analyses (statistical procedure for combining data from multiple studies) found that drinking coffee can lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.”

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