Coffee…the New Super-Beverage?

Like many college students, there’s a chance that you’ve had an ongoing affair with coffee. Whether consumed out of habit or out of necessity, this magical beverage is enjoyed far and wide. Though coffee’s had a bit of a bad rep in the past, there has been some recent news that coffee-lovers will like. The New York Times recently posted an article, which shows that coffee might actually be good for you.

Here’s a quick overview of what they revealed:

1. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute found that of 400,000 participants found in 1995, by 2008, male coffee-drinkers were 10% less likely to have died, and female coffee-drinkers were 13% less likely to have died compared to their coffee-free counterparts.

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2. Drinking three or four 5-ounce cups of coffee a day is shown to lead to a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, skin cancer, prostate cancer, oral cancer, and breast cancer recurrence.

3. An experiment performed on mice in 2012 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain, showed that deoxygenated mice, who were therefore unable to create new memories, were able to reform memories faster when caffeinated.

4. At the University of South Florida and the University of Miami, researchers found that, in adults who were beginning to show signs of Alzheimer’s disease, those with higher levels of caffeine were less likely to have progressed to full-blown dementia after two to four years.

Of course, many of these studies didn’t involve actual coffee (or sugar, or milk/cream), but instead used caffeine. More research still needs to be done, but what this bit has shown us is that your daily cup (cups) of coffee might not be all that bad for you.

Written by Guest Blogger, Katherine Chang

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