How many times were you told as a kid that coffee is bad for your health or that it will stunt your growth?
For decades there’s been a notion that people should quit all that addicting caffeine, but a new study reported in the Times shows that it can actually improve your health.
Dr. Rob van Dam, a nutrition expert at the Harvard School of Public Health, conducted a study on the health benefits of the caffeinated drink.
According to van Dam, the research from the 70’s and 80’s that linked coffee to heart disease is not relevant to our time because the old studies did not consider unhealthy behaviors such as smoking.
The new study examined over 130,000 adults over the span of 24 years. The researchers found that coffee did not increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
In fact, van Dam’s study shows that the health benefits of coffee include decreased risk of certain types of cancers, type-2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. It also shows that drinking coffee may in fact improve mood, boost energy, and help preserve our memory.
According to the study, caffeine can decrease the risk of certain skin cancers since the chemical interacts with the “repair gene” in the body. The antioxidants in the drink also provide further health benefits.
However, van Dam warns that some should still avoid drinking coffee. There is a small link between coffee and miscarriage, and those with high cholesterol should not drink a beverage not brewed with filters.