The Black Drink That’s Always Been Slammed
It’s true. We’re always told to cut back on the caffeine, stop drinking so much coffee. But now it seems that – for all those coffee addicts out there (and they do exist nationwide) – there is finally some good news about the black drink….or beige if you like it with milk. For example, if you just down one cup a day, you could see a reduction in blood pressure and a brainpower boost. For two cups, research from a Greek study based on 495 individuals aged between 65 and 100, healthy arteries could be your gift possibly due to the beverage’s antioxidants which “increases the production of nitric oxide, a compound found naturally in the body. Nitric oxide helps relax artery walls, and lowers blood pressure.” The downside however – to even one cup – is that it could still keep you up at night since it usually takes approximately 8 hours for its effects to fully leave the body.
But for those looking to avoid Alzheimer’s, two cups of coffee could be a good idea for you (although we’re not sure we want to trust this finding 100 percent since it came from research done on animals). Yet it could aid in stopping the build-up of proteins in the brain which have been “linked to memory loss associated with the disease.” As well, try it as an energy boost before exercise as it could improve performance. But be careful if you’re pregnant since two cups really is the upper limit – more could lead to miscarriage.
Is it possible that by drinking three cups a day you could reduce your risk for developing ovarian cancer by a fifth? According to the American Medical Journal Cancer Report of three years ago it is, following a study of over 122,000 women. But how does this help their male counterparts? If they drink three cups, their risk of developing gallstones is 40 percent lower than their non-3-cup-a-day male buddies. That’s very nice, but then by swallowing this amount of caffeine per day, you might end up upping your chances of getting a heart attack.
Save Money Drinking Coffee
Those women desperate for a breast reduction who don’t have the cash, might instead boil the kettle three times a day to make their beverage since Lund University, Stockholm, researchers found that just downing the drink could actually do the job of a surgeon and shrink their breasts! It’s not a guarantee but it might be worth a try. You’ll only be losing a few coffee granules at most.
If you really want to reap some health benefits, then go for four shots a day. 400mg of caffeine has been “thought to provide the maximum benefit of coffee’s disease-combating antioxidants.” Utah University scientists discovered that four-cup-a-dayers were “39 per cent less likely to suffer from cancers of the mouth and larynx.” Type 2 Diabetes is also less likely to develop. But on the flip side, you’ll run a greater risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Get Your Five a Day
What happens when you’re really having a long day and you consume five cups of the beverage? According to researchers from the National Cancer Centre in Tokyo who studied 90,000 middle-aged individuals over ten years, you’ll lower your risk of getting serious liver damage by up to seventy-five percent. But, those susceptible to osteoporosis might want to find a different way of quenching their thirst in a different way as it could up their risk factor. But this still hasn’t been proven.
Six for Skin
And if you want to reduce your risk for skin cancer, go for six cups a day. Alternatively, you could just wear sunscreen… Hmm….drink for thought; ponder that over a freshly-brewed pot.