It amazes me how often I hear people casually remark that they drink “too much” coffee, and really should cut back for their health. While caffeine in coffee can have adverse effects on some, coffee per se isn’t bad for you. It actually has tons of health benefits, from helping ease depression to cutting your risk of Alzheimer’s and liver disease.
That last one is newly known—the result of recent Mayo Clinic study. In research presented this week, the team showed how regular coffee drinking can cut one’s risk of developing a destructive liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC).
PSC is an auto-immune condition that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure and bile duct cancer.
“While rare, PSC has extremely detrimental effects,” said lead study author Craig Lammert, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist. ”We’re always looking for ways to mitigate risk, and our first-time finding points to a novel environmental factor that also might help us to determine the cause of this and other devastating autoimmune diseases.”
Here are 10 more ways that coffee is good for you:
- It can help your blood vessels dilate, allowing for better flow of oxygen and blood through the body and brain.
- It can help prevent mouth and throat cancers.
- It can help women—especially overweight women—stave off endometrial cancer.
- Coffee may help reduce the risk of skin cancer.
- It has anti-depressive effects and can improve your mood.
- Coffee drinking has been linked to better heart health.
- It can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- It may protect your brain from dementia.
- It may help you get more from your workouts.
- It’s been linked to greater longevity.