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Coffee: Wake up and drink the benefits!

By Steve Born

If cooler weather has you reaching for more coffee, don't hold back. Research confirms that drinking coffee can be a richly rewarding habit. Besides being a flavorful kick start for your day, coffee offers many health benefits, including a lower risk of death overall. Organic 53x11 Coffee packages those healthy benefits together with amazing flavor. Here's the scoop.

In a 13-year study involving more than 400,000 men and women, National Cancer Institute researchers found an eye-opening association between coffee consumption (both regular and decaffeinated) and reduced risk of death. What's more, the benefit increased with the amount of coffee consumed.

Compared to those who did not drink coffee, men who had two or three cups per day had a roughly 10% lower risk of death. Women experienced even better results, with about a 13% lower risk of death compared to non-coffee drinkers.

Coffee's other potential benefits

Protects vision - A newly published study conducted in Turkey showed that drinking just one cup of coffee decreased eye choroidal thickness for at least four hours. The choroid is the major supplier of blood and oxygen to the retina. Decreased oxygen flow to the retina may lead to macular degeneration, and a thickened choroid has been associated with ocular diseases.

Reduced risk of diabetes - According to a 2011 study, coffee appears to cut the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost two-thirds. This is believed to be due to coffee's ability to reduce elevated blood glucose levels, increasing insulin sensitivity and decreasing the storage of fat and carbohydrates.

Reduced risk of cancer - Multiple studies have shown that coffee seems to provide protection against many common cancers, including prostate, breast, colorectal, and liver cancers:

  • Men who drank six or more cups of coffee (caffeinated or decaffeinated) a day had an 18% lower risk of prostate cancer, as well as a 40% lower risk of aggressive or lethal prostate cancer. - Journal of the National Cancer Institute
  • Postmenopausal women who consumed five cups of coffee daily had a 57% decrease in their risk of developing non-hormone-responsive breast cancer. - Breast Cancer Research
  • The data from two dozen studies indicated up to a 30% lower incidence of colorectal cancer, the higher percentage among those who drank greater amounts of coffee. Several earlier studies confirm this meta- analysis. - Journal of the National Cancer Institute, American Journal of Epidemiology, and others
  • Drinking just one cup of coffee daily was associated with a 42% lower risk of liver cancer. - International Journal of Cancer

Cardiovascular disease - While blood pressure can rise shortly after drinking coffee, studies suggest that coffee's phytochemicals help decrease blood pressure over the long term. In one study involving over 40,000 women over a 15-year period, those who consumed one to three cups of coffee per day had a nearly 25% decreased risk from cardiovascular disease.

Liver disease - The findings of a study reported in the Annals of Epidemiology showed a whopping 84% lower risk of cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) for people who drank four cups of coffee daily.

53x11 Coffee - simply the best

As coffee lovers know, there's more to coffee than its phytonutrients. If you've never tasted 53x11 Coffee, you'll be a fan with your very first cup, guaranteed. 53x11 Coffee is micro-roasted to our exact specifications, and the flavor is amazing!

Available in three awesome blends (Early Break, Chain Breaker, and decaf Down Shift) and our 100% Sumatra varietal (Big Ring), 53x11 Coffee delivers maximum health benefits and flavor directly to your door within two weeks of roasting. It's Fair Trade Certified and 100% organic - so there's no need to worry about potentially hazardous chemical residues. It's purely good coffee.

1 comment

From: Dedicated Hammer consumer and Hammer evangelist
Background: I eschewed coffee for my first 52 years of life. Now, as a follower of all things Hammer and after reading multiple Hammer articles, I finally broke. I have since started drinking coffee. At this stage (six months into my “coffee” journey, ), I enjoy drinking coffee … maybe, too much.
Question1: What is the optimal amount of coffee (I’m 200 lbs)?
Question2: If there is convexity in the relationship between the benefits of coffee v. too much coffee, then at what point is the benefit of coffee lost and becomes too much coffee?
Hammer Nutrition replied:
While there has not (to my knowledge) been an absolute set amount in regards to what is the optimal number of cups of coffee to consume, or how many constitutes “too much” (I think that depends on the individual), the numerous studies I reviewed showed that a slew benefits were enjoyed with a daily intake of 2 – 6 cups, with 3 cups daily being the average amount consumed to enjoy most of the benefits that coffee offers. I’m also 200 pounds and I find that 3 cups a day is my personal limit. Others will usually find that up to 6 would be the limit, and, in my opinion, anything above that would be unnecessary.

David Wilding

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