Last week we drank coffee for the soul (for every bag of our limited edition Presidential Inauguration blend we offered a $2 donation to the Facing the Future organization).
This week we’re drinking coffee for the body.
A piece in The New York Times last Friday touted the health benefits of our most beloved caffeinated beverage. A 21-year study by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, determined that men and women who drank three to five cups of coffee per day were 65 percent less likely to develop dementia, the progressive decline of mental faculty associated with aging.
Reduced risk of dementia joins coffee’s list of little-known health benefits. In the past few decades, studies have revealed numerous positive effects of coffee, including reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and cirrhosis of the liver. It seems that a cup of joe gives the body more than just a mental buzz.
Which is a relief for so many coffee drinkers concerned with their health as they sip their way through four or five cups a day. Coffee’s stimulant often gets a bad rep and many drinkers have heard contradicting coffee facts, leading to a very confusing medical history for our favorite drink.
Fed up with all the pros and cons surrounding coffee, The New York Times writer Jane E. Brody mapped out a few of coffee’s contradictions and finally put to rest some of the medical myths surrounding the mysterious black drink, including the infamous correlation between coffee and hypertension. Brody swept through a list of serious ailments purportedly induced by coffee drinking and defended the drink with counter evidence of the benefits of coffee. Much like red wine’s recent heart health hype, there are indeed reasons–like reducing dementia and diabetes–to order that second cup.
Okay, so it’s not the magic elixir of life, but coffee drinkers can at least raise their mugs to coffee and health. Here’s to drinking the good stuff.