Other purported beneficial effects from drinking coffee include weight loss, decreased depression, decreased cognitive decline (Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 2011), increased muscle growth, increased life expectancy (New England Journal of Medicine, 2012), and decreased risk of gout, type-2 diabetes (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2013), heart disease, stroke (American Journal of Epidemiology, 2011), Parkinson's disease (Experimental Neurobiology, 2012), Alzheimer's disease risk, and various cancers including colorectal, liver, bladder, endometrial, pancreatic, and prostate cancer (Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2011).
Norwegian scientists have published a study in the journal BMC Research Notes which seems to indicate a correlation with decreased physical pain and coffee ingestion.
I would say the benefits of drinking coffee far outweigh the risks--but remember, moderation (i.e., three or less cups daily) is the key! Drinking more than three cups of caffeinated coffee daily may increase blood pressure.
Brian Danley, CFT
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