health facts about coffee

earlier this year, i read an article about the reasons not to quit coffee and now there are some more reasons! here are some health benefits of coffee:

1. It may help ward off depression.
A study which followed a group of women for 10 years found that women who regularly drink fully caffeinated coffee have a 20% lower risk of depression than non-coffee drinkers.

2. It may help promote a healthy weight.
Drinking coffee after a meal, it causes your body to more slowly process the meal you just ate. Caffeine decreases the rate at which the stomach dumps its contents into the duodenum-a part of the small intestine where digestion takes place-and also increases metabolic rate.

3. It may boost fertility in men.
Studies have shown that caffeine has a positive effect on sperm motility-the ability of sperm to move toward an egg-and could increase your chances of [getting pregnant]

4. It can harbor bacteria.
Clean your coffee maker once a month by adding three or four cups of undiluted vinegar to the reservoir, allowing it to sit for 30 minutes and then running the vinegar through the unit. Finish by adding fresh water to the reservoir and running the machine through two or three cycles to wash away vinegar residue.

5. It may reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Women who drank more than three cups of coffee a day had a 20% lower risk for basal cell carcinoma, and men had a 9% reduced risk.

6. It’s not truly addictive.
Caffeine is a mild stimulant. People can reduce or eliminate caffeine from their diet without the serious psychological or physical problems that result from a true addiction. However, people who consume 600 milligrams of caffeine (about six small cups of coffee) daily may experience symptoms such as fatigue and irritability if they reduce their intake but they will usually resolve themselves after a few days.

7. It doesn’t necessarily cause stomach pain.
There is no evidence from reviewed studies that coffee causes ulcers or more pain in patients with documented ulcers. There is no evidence that coffee could be the cause of stomach pain in patients with indigestion. However, drinking coffee may worsen heartburn symptoms, since it stimulates the stomach to produce gastric acid.
read article on Yahoo! Shine by Amanda Greene Kelly from Woman’s Day: 7 Surprising Health Facts About Coffee

* read post with reasons not to quit coffee

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