Is coffee good for you? According to the Mayo Clinic, the surprising answer is yes.
They state, “for most people the health benefits outweigh the risks”. To quote Michael Downey, writing for Life Extension, “research suggests that far from being a guilty pleasure that should be limited, coffee is an all natural and inexpensive elixir”.
According to coffeeresearch.org/market, the average American coffee drinker imbibes a little over 3 cups of coffee every day. However, among both coffee drinkers and nondrinkers, many assume coffee intake should be limited.
That attitude is changing. A growing body of research shows that, compared to nondrinkers, coffee drinkers are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, heart problems, strokes, certain cancers, Parkinson’s disease, dementia (including Alzheimer’s), or obesity.
Not only does coffee confer amazing and totally unexpected health benefits, research suggests that these benefits increase with intake.
For example, drinking just one cup of caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee daily can decrease the risk of developing diabetes by 13 percent while the real coffee addicts, 12 cups per day, slash their risk by as much as 67 percent!