Wednesday, August 16 2006 @ 07:32 AM CDT Views: 1,906
Early in the morning, I really need some help getting started.
Help spelled c-o-f-f-e-e.
The New York Times (via the South Dakota Politics
blog) confirms the black goodness which is coffee:
Coffee is not usually thought of as health food, but a number of
recent studies suggest that it can be a highly beneficial drink.
Researchers have found strong evidence that coffee reduces the risk of
several serious ailments, including diabetes, heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.
Among them is a systematic review of studies published last year in The Journal of the American Medical Association,
which concluded that habitual coffee consumption was consistently
associated with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes. Exactly why is not
known, but the authors offered several explanations.
Coffee contains antioxidants that help control the cell damage that
can contribute to the development of the disease. It is also a source
of chlorogenic acid, which has been shown in animal experiments to
reduce glucose concentrations.
Caffeine, perhaps coffee’s most famous component, seems to have
little to do with it; studies that looked at decaffeinated coffee alone
found the same degree of risk reduction.
Larger quantities of coffee seem to be especially helpful in
diabetes prevention. In a report that combined statistical data from
many studies, researchers found that people who drank four to six cups
of coffee a day had a 28 percent reduced risk compared with people who
drank two or fewer. Those who drank more than six had a 35 percent risk
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