Thursday, September 29, 2016

"To Our Health On National Coffee Day!"

Today, September 29th, is National Coffee Day, so in addition to having another special day to observe on the calendar, we can acknowledge the healthful benefits of drinking coffee. Coffee is a beverage that has been and is enjoyed by many people the world over - even before knowing how healthy it can be to consume.

It turns out that coffee has a lot of benefits. In short, it is good for us.

Study after study confirms its value.

Apparently, researchers have figured that since coffee is consumed so much that there had to be something bad for us that they could point out and get people to cut back if not stop altogether. Interestingly, every recent study comes back with results that show just the opposite - that drinking coffee it is good for us.

Coffee is a well-established anti-oxidant so it has that going for it. It also helps with asthma and certain allergies.

Another study proved that coffee does not raise a person's blood pressure as was thought - even by drinking several cups a day. Then they showed that coffee inhibits certain breast cancer formation. Now they have found that men who drink coffee are lowering their risk of developing prostate cancer - with consuming more coffee better than having less of it.


The positive results for consuming coffee are there. Coffee tastes good - for those who enjoy drinking it - and it turns out to return the favor by being good for us.

For a person who doesn't already enjoy coffee, they might want to think about starting - the benefits are so numerous.


In one of the latest studies conducted, a particular, unique property in coffee (that they haven't quite identified yet) - and only in real, caffeinated coffee - wards of Alzheimer's disease. It may be the caffeine and a combination of other compounds, but decaf does not have the same effect. This is a benefit worth watching over time.

To this end, researchers have also suggested that by drinking coffee from the time people are in their 30s, 40s, and 50s has a cumulative effect that offers this protection - since it takes years for the disease to develop and begin showing signs. However, beginning coffee consumption later in life or upping the daily intake later in life also seemed to work.

Whereas, early studies were based on or seems to favor just one or two cups of coffee a day, more recent ones indicate that several cups a day are beneficial. However, there does not seem to be a clear definition as to what constitutes a "cup." Clearly, we have moved beyond the traditional 5-ounce cup of years past.

People take their coffee various ways, including adding milk or cream and sweetener. For coffee purists, this is considered a "coffee drink" rather than coffee. Nevertheless, the results often apply to just unadorned coffee while others don't notice a particular difference if the milk and sugar are added.

Wonder what the next study will prove? Can hardly wait. And there likely will be more studies because coffee is such a part of everyday life, and there are numerous properties in it still to explore. There have been no real negative results so far in consuming it, however.

Coffee continues to demonstrate that it has even more medicinal and helpful qualities than each previous study already revealed. Let's not make too big of a deal about the health benefits and claims of coffee though so the FDA doesn't try to get some control over the miracle beverage.

Now we really can drink to and for our health!

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Steve HoffackerCAPS, MCSP, MIRM, is a licensed Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist instructor and best-selling author of universal design books. To learn about this and other programs for aging-in-place or universal design, visit stevehoffacker.com or call 561-685-5555.