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The Coffee Cure: 11 Diseases Coffee Helps Prevent

Believe it or not, coffee can cure many different diseases. Considered by many as the first “super food”, coffee is full of antioxidants that help cleanse toxins from our bodies—toxins that can cause life-threatening diseases. When coffee is paired with an anti-inflammatory, like Advil, our favorite beverage can even kick hangovers to the curb (speaking of anti-inflammatory pills, a recent study has also shown that coffee may reduce physical pain!).

So what diseases can coffee cure? Before we dive in, we have to make a few things perfectly clear. There isn’t any solid scientific evidence that coffee alone will cure what ails you, but it can either help cure or prevent it. The best thing to do is to make sure coffee is a part of your daily routine in some fashion.

1.      Breast cancer Recent studies have found that coffee aids in the production of breast cancer-resistant proteins in cancer cell lines. A Swedish study further solidified this. It found that it post-menopausal women would benefit the most from drinking coffee.  It was found that coffee lowers the risk of non-hormone responsive breast cancer.

2.      Depression Coffee drinkers everywhere can attest that coffee brightens their day, but it can also have the same effect on those who suffer from depression.

3.      Diabetes Previously, it was thought that coffee prevented diabetes by improving the body’s tolerance to insulin and glucose. A study from UCLA, however, found that certain proteins called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) help prevent type 2 diabetes.  Higher levels of coffee consumption actually increase the levels of SHBG in the bloodstream.  Those who drink about four cups of coffee per day have much higher levels of SHBG than non-drinkers.

4.      Colon cancer In order to correlate coffee drinking healing powers and colon cancer, research conducted by the National Cancer Institute studied a group of Americans for 15 years. They found that those who drank four or more cups of coffee (both regular and decaf) per day had a 15 percent lower risk of developing colon cancer. They’re not completely certain why, but they believe it is because of an antioxidant compound found almost exclusively in coffee, methylpyridinium.  This antioxidant has proven to be extremely effective in fighting colon cancer.

5.      Endometrial cancer Endometrial cancer is known as the most common type of uterine cancer in post-menopausal women. A Harvard study found that at least one cup of black coffee a day will greatly reduce the risk of endometrial cancer. They attribute this to coffee’s ability to lower insulin and estrogen levels.

6.      Oral Cancer Consumption of roughly four cups of caffeinated coffee has been known to reduce the risk of oral cancer within the oral cavity and pharynx.

7.      Skin cancer Just because coffee helps prevent skin cancer doesn’t mean you can forgo the sunscreen! But the study associated with this found that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer.  It should be noted that the reduced risk is only associated with caffeinated coffee.

8.      Alzheimer’s Research has found that participants who drank more coffee showed fewer signs of dementia and avoided early onset Alzheimer’s. Caffeine is believed to be the secret weapon here for long-term protection against memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s.

9.      Prostate cancer In this Harvard study, men who drank more than six cups of coffee per day had a lower risk of lethal prostate cancer. Caffeine doesn’t get credit for this one, however. That merit goes to phenolic acids and antioxidants. It was shown that coffee’s disease-fighting power isn’t relegated to all forms of prostate cancer, just the highly lethal forms.

10.   Liver cancer Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that intake of more than three cups of coffee per day drastically decreased risk of the most common type of liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma.

11.   Death Ok…death isn’t really a disease…and it certainly can’t be “cured”. It can however, be delayed, thanks to antioxidants that act as a shield for the body, protecting it from free radicals!

Coffee drinkers, rejoice!  All 11 of the above diseases can be cured or prevented simply by drinking coffee. Perhaps best of all, coffee is readily available and easy to access—unlike many medicines and treatment plans! Not to mention, coffee tastes great.  So do yourself a favor and have a cup for your health.

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