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There was a time when coffee was believed to cause illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Recent research has proven coffee does not increase the risk of developing these physical ailments.


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Studies have concluded that coffee provides a number of important health benefits to people who regularly consume it.

Everything from protecting against depression, providing important nutrition and more.

It seems coffee can also decrease incidents of depression as well as improve a person’s cognitive functions.

1. Dark roast coffee benefits

A study conducted by the Molecular Nutrition and Food Research concluded the best coffee roasters are dark roast coffees. They restored levels of vitamin E, gutathione and other antioxidants in the blood.

Dark roast coffee also provided weight loss in the pre-obese volunteers. Other research showed dark roast coffee produced a chemical called N-methylpyridinium during its roasting process. This chemical has proven its ability to prevent cells in a person’s stomach from producing excess acid.

This means dark roast coffee can improve a person’s digestion.

2. Nutritional benefits

The nutritional facts for coffee are impressive. There is research available that shows coffee is a good source for antioxidants as well as other vitamins.

One cup of coffee contains the recommended daily recommended allowance (RDA) for many different vitamins and minerals. It has six percent of the RDA for vitamin B5, eleven percent of the RDA for vitamin B2, two percent RDA for B1 and B3 as well as three percent of the RDA requirements for potassium and manganese. When a person has a cup of coffee, they’ve consumed a number of important vitamins as well as minerals.

3. DNA protection

One of the amazing facts about coffee is how it provides protection to a person’s DNA from oxidative damage. This is according to the results of a study published in the European Journal of Nutrition. Should oxidative damage to a person’s DNA be ignored, a number of illnesses can develop. According to researchers, drinking coffee on a regular basis decreases damage to a person’s white blood cells. The study concluded that regular consumption of coffee contributes significantly to a person’s DNA integrity.

4. Avoid depression

It seems that many healthy women regularly drink coffee. They know having coffee first thing in the morning will have a positive impact on their mood that could last all day. There is even proof this is real. The Harvard School of Public Health has published a study.

It concluded that women who regularly consume coffee on a daily basis had a twenty percent lower risk of developing depression when compared to women who did not drink coffee.

The study followed a group of women for a decade. It discovered the more coffee consumed by a woman, the less chance she had of developing depression.

5. Improves brain function

Research has shown that drinking coffee can improve a person’s mood but can also increase a person’s brain function. A number of controlled trials have carefully studied the effects of caffeine from coffee on a person’s brain. They determined caffeine in coffee is able to block the effects of the neurotransmitter adenosine in a person’s brain. When this happens, the release of neurotransmitters such as norepinephrin as well as dopamine increases.

The higher levels of dopamine and neopinephrin have been linked to an improvement in a person’s memory, reaction time as well as their brain’s overall cognitive functions.

Does this make you feel better about drinking coffee?

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  • I had no idea it helped with depression, that is great!

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  • I feel much better now, this is great!

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  • very informative. Its good that it improves brain function!

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  • Haha, I knew there was a reason I was addicted to coffee!

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  • I read an article this morning stating that coffee may have side effects if you have Coeliac Disease which is an autoimmune disease that damages the villi, a section of your intestines. I have an interest in Coelic Disease as a relative suffers from it. Some people (not just Coelic Disease sufferers) suffer from Lactose Intolerance (sugar in cow’s milk) and the Protein in Milk. That iso ne of the reasons why saome people can drink black coffee but not white. The smell of coffee makes me feel sick so I avoid it as much as possible.

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  • This makes me feel more positive towards drinking coffee. Usually I’m a tea drinker with the occasional coffee, might have to up the coffee.

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  • I love coffee. Thanks for sharing!

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  • I love the smell and taste of coffee, yet I can’t drink because I am allergic to it and can feel my heart palpitating if I do . I know it is not the caffeine as I can drink all types of tea , so it must be the coffee beans . Due to this, I have to drink decaffeinated coffee which is not same as fresh ground beans !

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  • I love sitting back and relaxing and having a coffee. Thanks Mouth of Mums for the insightful articles. :)

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  • What a shame I am allergic to coffee and love the aroma of the coffee beans . So instead I drink tea which luckily has lots of antioxidants to keep me going .

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  • Definetly a win for coffee drinkers like me. I love my coffee and my morning cup sets me up for the rest of the day.

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  • lol yeah i love coffee. so many conflicting opinions though but i just love it. i don’t think it is bad for you if you have it in moderation.

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  • See, look how healthy I am for drinking coffee. I usually have about 2 cups a day, so I’m feeling pretty good about it now.

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  • This certainly makes me feel good about drinking coffee !! It’s music to my ears ! No day without coffee for me, I drink at least 20 cups…

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  • I better go and make myself a cup of coffee after hearing the good news.

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