In honor of International Coffee Day, I want to share with you a few of the health benefits of coffee, according to Medical News Today. Especially since espresso is an important part of my daily diet. And my lawyer protagonist Sam McRae does love her coffee.

Here are five potential health benefits I’ve been able to find online and without calling a million doctors or really doing much more than a simple online search.

1. Coffee may help protect you from Type 2 diabetes.

The article states that “an “inverse association” exists between coffee consumption and risk for type 2 diabetes.” So, the more coffee you drink, the less likely you are to get Type 2 diabetes. Possibly, because the study only shows a tendency, i.e., a correlation, not a sure thing. Got that? 🙂

2. Coffee may help prevent Parkinson’s disease.

According to another study, “higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease.” Excellent! I guess.

3. Coffee may lower the risk of liver cancer.

In another study, Italian researchers (people who really know their coffee) found that “coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. In addition, some of the results suggest that if you drink three cups a day, the risks are reduced by more than 50%.”


4. Coffee may reduce the risk of liver disease.

According to the article, not only does coffee consumption lower the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver for alcohol drinkers, but it is linked to reduced risk of primary sclerosis cholangitis (or PSC), a rare autoimmune disease.

Isn’t that nice?

5. Moderate coffee consumption protects against heart failure.

Now, this part I really like. I’ll quote directly from the article.

“Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard School of Public Health, concluded that drinking coffee in moderation protects against heart failure. They defined ‘in moderation’ as 2 European cups (equivalent to two 8-ounce American servings) per day.

“People who drank four European cups on a daily basis had an 11% lower risk of heart failure, compared to those who did not.

“The authors stressed that their results ‘did show a possible benefit, but like with so many other things we consume, it really depends on how much coffee you drink.’”

See the article for more of the possible, but unconfirmed, benefits of coffee drinking.

And have an espresso or two for me!

Make it a double! 🙂

Need a tutorial? Here you go!

PS: None of the studies I found had anything to say about dystonia. What’s new? Bummer.

PPS: Read more about the health benefits of coffee here! 🙂

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