Benefits of Drinking Coffee

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Everyone drinks coffee. EVERYONE. A non-coffee drinker is in the minority these days, and they could be missing out. Coffee, when not loaded up with sugar and cream, can be good for you.

Studies show that people who drink coffee regularly may have an 11% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers, thanks to ingredients in coffee that can affect levels of hormones involved in metabolism.

It was also found that people who drink anywhere from two to four cups a day actually had a lower risk of stroke. The benefits may come from coffee’s effect on the blood vessels; by keeping vessels flexible and healthy, it may reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, which can cause heart attacks.

Coffee is also high in antioxidants, which are known to fight the damage that can cause cancer. That may explain why some studies have found a lower risk of liver cancer among coffee drinkers.

Coffee has a lot of benefits, but a downside is that people can become dependent on caffeine. Doctors don’t consider the dependence anywhere close to as worrisome as addictions to habit-forming drugs like opiates. While unpleasant, caffeine “withdrawal” symptoms are tolerable and tend to go away after a day or so.