Who knew coffee could be so good for us?

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It’s hard to beat a cup of coffee first thing in the morning or when you need a little pick-me-up. But it turns out that coffee is actually healthier than many people might have thought. Coffee lovers rejoice! Science is on your side.

Coffee can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Participants in a study who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day over a four-year period had an 11% lower type 2 diabetes risk over the subsequent four years than those who did not change their intake. That’s because caffeic acid, which is found at a modest level in coffee, can reduce the abnormal protein accumulation found in those with type 2 diabetes.

It’s also a massive source of healthy antioxidants. These help prevent inflammation, which cause health problems such as arthritis and some types of cancer. In the western world, coffee is often the biggest source of antioxidants, providing more than both fruits and vegetables combined.

Multiple studies have found that coffee can be good for your liver. It is said to lower the risk of liver cancer, lowers the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver for alcohol drinkers, and stems the development non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Coffee can even make you smarter. By blocking the effects of an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine, caffeine actually increases neuronal firing in the brain. It also releases dopamine, which can lift your mood. In the long run, coffee can help you feel better. According to one study, women who drink four or more cups of coffee a day have a 20% lower risk for developing depression than those who rarely or never drink coffee.

It may also protect your brain in old age. Coffee drinkers have up to a 60% lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and can lower the risk of Parkinson’s by 32-60%.

Of course, as with everything, moderation is key. Too much of a good thing can sometimes be bad for you.

There are a huge variety of coffee machines available in Harvey Norman, so come in and talk with one of our staff.

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