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7 Healthy Properties of Coffee Proven by Science

Lately, there have been a lot of controversial rumors about our beloved morning beverage. But you probably will agree that there’s nothing better than taking a scientific approach to resolving disputes like this one. Scientists state that drinking coffee in moderation not only is harmless, but it also might have a positive influence on your health. For example, coffee lovers often look younger than their peers and are less exposed to certain cardiovascular system diseases.

Bright Side wants to share a list of healthy properties of coffee with you that might shift the scales to those in favor of drinking it regularly.

1. It reduces the risk of liver cirrhosis.

Scientists from The Mario Negri Institute in Italy found out that the consumption of coffee can reduce the risk of developing liver cirrhosis.

2. It positively affects the cardiovascular system.

Another pervasive misperception about coffee has to do with its impact on one’s cardiovascular system. In fact, several studies conducted by scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health, The National University of Singapore, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, showed that people who drink 3-5 cups of coffee a day are less likely to suffer from a heart condition or stroke.

3. It reduces the development of gallstones.

Some substances found in coffee, like caffeine, can reduce your risk of developing gallstones. Scott Gottlieb found out that the risk of developing this disease could be reduced by 4% if you drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day, and lowered by 45% if you drink 4 or 5 cups.

4. It lowers your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Scientists from Aarhus University, Aarhus University Hospital, and Odense University Hospital proved that drinking coffee doesn’t affect the development of type-2 diabetes. Cafestol, which is an ingredient in coffee, actually increases the level of insulin in the pancreas when insulin is exposed to the influence of glucose. And insulin sensitivity improved by 42%.

5. It rejuvenates every cell in your body.

Antioxidants contained in coffee have a rejuvenating impact on your body’s cells. The scientists from the Department of Food Science and Technology, at Seoul Women’s University, claim that coffee ground extract can help you to prevent UVB-induced photoaging. Meaning you can get less wrinkles by applying used coffee grounds on your skin.

6. It increases muscle strength among the elderly.

As we mentioned above, there are many reasons why drinking coffee in old age is a good idea. Plus, the scientists from Coventry University found that caffeine contributes to increased muscle strength among the elderly. This can help them prevent accidental falls and injuries. They should just avoid drinking too much coffee, as it can increase how much calcium the kidneys eliminate, becoming a risk factor for osteoporosis.

7. It helps you live longer.

Marc J. Gunter and Neil Murphy say that coffee can lower your risk of death for different reasons. The study was conducted in different countries and the result was similar in the sense that the mortality rate was lower among people who drank coffee regularly.

Do you drink coffee often? Did you notice any changes when you stopped drinking it on a regular basis? Share your experience with us in the comments.

Please note: This article was updated in July 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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