I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m a bit biased when it comes to coffee. I love everything about it, from its warm inviting smell to it full rich flavor.
But it sure doesn’t hurt that study after study confirms coffee doesn’t just taste good. It’s good for you too.
And now a team of researchers from John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is saying a regular java habit could keep you out of the hospital.
The long-term study followed more than 14,000 folks for an incredible 26 years. And like many other studies on coffee, it was observational research. That means it wasn’t designed to prove a direct cause and effect.
But that doesn’t make the results any less impressive.
A coffee habit could keep you out of the hospital
According to the team, study participants who drank three plus cups of coffee a day, were 21 percent less likely to wind up in the hospital for ANY liver-related illnesses.
Overall, volunteers drank an average of just under two eight ounce cups of Java a day. But a bit more seemed to be better.
And even after adjusting their findings to take other factors in account such as race, income level, health issues and even diet, the researchers say coffee still proved to be a liver superstar.
Of course, this isn’t the first time I’ve told you that your coffee drinking habit could be protecting your liver. I’ve shared research on java’s liver supporting powers before.
Coffee drinking linked to less liver disease
For example, in one meta-study, researchers combined the data from over 200 observational studies and 17 trials. And they found coffee drinking was associated with a far lower risk for liver-linked conditions.
- 27 percent lower risk of liver fibrosis
- 29 percent lower risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- 39 percent lower risk for cirrhosis of the liver
Which is why the experts say they aren’t surprised at the results of this new study. The science makes it clear; java drinkers are at a far lower risk for liver disease.
But your liver isn’t your only organ that’s fond of coffee. It turns out coffee drinking could support the health of several of your other body parts too.
3 MORE body parts which benefit from coffee
Following are three more organs which coffee drinking may be good for…
1. Your brain:
There’s a reason you believe you accomplish more after you down a cup of coffee. Experts say coffee drinking really DOES make us more alert and focused.
The caffeine’s responsible, of course. It powers up your neurotransmitters, boosting your brain activity. Which is why studies stretching all the way back to the 80s have found caffeine improves overall cognition, memory and reaction times.
But the brain benefits may not end there. Researchers are seeing some links between coffee drinking and a lower risk of Alzheimer and Parkinson’s diseases too.
2. Your heart:
If you’ve been avoiding coffee because you thought it was bad for your heart you can stop. In fact, researchers say it’s just the opposite. A Harvard study found that drinking two to four cups of coffee a day is associated with a REDUCED risk for heart disease, heart failure and heart attacks.
Another large study found coffee drinkers were far less likely to end up in the hospital for an irregular heartbeat, than their java shunning peers. And in other research, it was revealed two cup a day coffee drinkers were 20 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than folks drinking less coffee were.
3. Your colon:
Coffee drinking could even help protect your colon. One major study which followed a half a million folks revealed that study participants who drank four to five cups a day had a 15 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer than their non coffee drinking peers did.
Another study, conducted at the University of California, had even BETTER news for coffee drinkers. According the UC researchers even a moderate coffee habit of one to two cups a day was associated with a 26 percent lower risk for colorectal cancer. And big java fans like me who downed over two and half cups daily had up to a 50 percent lower risk for the cancer.
Bottom line? Go ahead and drink your coffee guilt free. But keep in mind, if you dump in a bunch of sugar or artificial sweetener you could be undoing all that good. Drink it black, or with just a splash of real, full-fat cream if you prefer.