Coffee drinkers, celebrate one of the good habits!
By Philip Howeth
Having been involved in the coffee industry for the past several years, I have read many articles regarding my favorite beverage. Perhaps I am biased, but I cannot recall an article that has made me reconsider my daily coffee routine. In fact, news about health and coffee consumption are consistently positive. There are myriad potential benefits to making coffee your drink of choice (besides water, of course!). Here are just a few that I have come across in my reading recently:
According to Kristin Kirkpatrick, in her article "9 Amazing Benefits of Coffee," a 2011 study found that men who regularly drink coffee have reduced risk of prostate cancer. According to the study's findings, men who drank six cups of coffee a day reduced their prostate cancer risk by 20%. Six cups a day may be a bit excessive for most, but this is good news nonetheless! There were also findings that suggest women who drank up to four cups a day lowered their risk of endometrial cancer by 25%.
To most fitness and nutrition enthusiasts, antioxidants are a familiar term. We find them in our fruits, we find them in our vegetables, and we supplement our daily intake with Hammer Nutrition products. Coffee, as well, is a source of antioxidants. It has been said that coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet! Stephen Adams wrote a recent article that highlighted a study involving 83,000 healthy adults, which found that over a 13-year period, people who drank at least one cup a day had about a 20% lower risk of stroke. According to Dr. Yoshihiro Kokubo, the lead author of this study, regular coffee drinkers can benefit from improved cardiovascular function because it can help reduce blood clots from forming. This is thought to be due to coffee's antioxidant properties.
As an athlete and reader of Endurance News, you've most likely adopted a daily routine of healthy eating, fitness, and nutrition. If you haven't added coffee to that plan, perhaps it is time to reconsider. Evidence suggests that regular coffee consumption is safe, if not beneficial, for your health. So drink up, coffee lovers! Go ahead and have a cup of your favorite 53x11 coffee! HN