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It’s something we’ve known about for a very long time but now, according to a new Harvard study, coffee is now officially good for you! And not just one cup a day, either. You’ll be surprised how many cups each day will make a real difference to your health. And if Harvard says it, then it must be true, right?

This study is pretty compelling stuff as it used data from three different studies involving about 200,000 people over 30 years. And the results? According to their research, if you drink around five cups of coffee a day, you’re less likely to die of:

  • Heart disease
  • Neurological diseases, like Parkinson’s
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Suicide

Why is this so? Apparently coffee has these compounds that reduce inflammation and insulin resistance.

Happy livers

The one organ that simply loves coffee, is the liver. When an injured liver goes into damage control it starts creating a lot of collagen to build scars. Caffeine stops the over-production of collagen, preventing liver fibrosis. It’s also helpful for Hep C and liver cancer sufferers as it, once again, reduces the severity of fibrosis in the liver.

A European study found that women (drinking more than 2 1/2 cups a day) and men (drinking over 3 1/2 cups a day) were a staggering 72% less likely to be diagnosed with Liver Cancer.

Cancer

It’s been proven that coffee is most effective when it comes to Liver Cancer but there have been a few studies showing minor benefits to people suffering from Uterine Cancer, Mouth Cancer, Colon Cancer, Melanoma and Breast Cancer.

Other benefits

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Coffee has some amazing compounds living within! It’s a kind of sneaky health food. One of its most amazing properties is Trigonelline (say that 10 times fast!) This fella works to combat Diabetes but is also an antioxidant and apparently great for your brain!

According to other studies it’s also helpful in the fight against Dementia, Depression, Heart Disease, Stroke and Kidney Disease. There’s also some evidence to suggest that although coffee increases the heart rate for a short period of time, long-term blood pressure is actually decreased by moderate and regular coffee consumption.

Can it be true?

Yes! Numerous studies have concluded that coffee has incredible health benefits. BUT that doesn’t mean that you should have five sugary, creamy cups of coffee a day! Keep it organic, (and lets’ throw in Fairtrade too) and healthy as possible and you’ll reap the amazing health benefits that will keep the reaper from your door.

Find more info on the Harvard report here…

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Emma Watson

From creating her own ‘Ozzie Mozzie Editorial’ newspaper when she was 10 to writing for ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’, Emma has always loved to write. She spends her time looking after her two kids and tapping away at the keyboard blogging at filmandfood.com.au, writing for Howards Storage World and of course, for Sacred Grounds Organic. Her love of a good small cappuccino (with one sugar!) and social justice makes this a match made in heaven. Emma loves a good book, travelling and hanging at the beach with her little crew.

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