Have you had your morning Cup of Joe yet?
If not, go ahead and grab a mug. Heck, poor yourself ANOTHER even if you already have. I’ll wait.
Because, trust me, you’re going to want to be sipping on a hot steaming mug of your favorite breakfast beverage while you read this latest news.
Now if you’re a regular Healthier Talk reader you already know I’m a BIG fan of coffee.
Well, I’m happy to report that after spending far too many years on the “No-No” list coffee is finally coming into its own.
It’s being given the credit it deserves as a HEALTHY addition to your diet.
Now a new study has revealed yet one more reason to ignore the naysayers and fill up your mug. It turns out having a java habit could slash your risk of a painful digestive disease… gallstones… by 23 percent.
Shield yourself from gallstones with coffee
And we’re not talking about a light habit either. Feel free to indulge.
Folks who drank a lot of coffee… a “high intake”… had a significantly lower risk of developing gallstones according to the eight-year long study.
So what do they mean by high? The coffee-loving Danes with the lower gallstones risk were downing more than six cups of the black gold a day.
But if you aren’t such a hardcore coffee nut, you’re in luck. The researchers say even folks who drink fewer cups a day saw some benefits.
The volunteers who only drank a cup a day had a three percent lower risk of the excruciatingly painful gallstones when compared to those who didn’t drink any.
And if you drink between three to six, you can expect a 17 percent lower risk of the disease.
Bunches of benefits connected to a coffee habit
Avoiding gallstones alone is enough reason to embrace your coffee habit. But it isn’t the ONLY benefit of America’s most popular beverage.
Other head-to-toe reasons to continue to drink java include that it can help…
Shield your brain: For decades now, evidence has been piling up that the caffeine in coffee can have brain benefits. Drinking coffee can help improve memory, mental alertness, reaction times, and even overall cognitive function. But the brain benefits don’t end there. There is a growing belief that coffee drinking may also reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Support heart health: Back in the day we were told our love for coffee was harming our hearts. Well, HOGWASH. According to research, a moderate coffee habit could be GOOD for your heart. Coffee could help reduce your risk for heart disease, heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat, and heart failure.
Protect your liver: One study found folks who drink three-plus cups of coffee a day are 21 percent less likely to end up hospitalized for ANY liver-related illnesses. And coffee drinking is associated with a 39 percent lower risk for cirrhosis, a 29 percent lower risk for fatty liver disease, and a 27 percent lower risk of liver fibrosis.
But wait… there’s MORE….
Fight off cancer: You could slash your risk for colorectal cancer by 15 percent simply by drinking four to five cups of java a day, according to one major study. And another found that heavy coffee drinkers are up to 60 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer.
Slash diabetes risk: Coffee appears to be an all-around winner when it comes to battling type 2 diabetes. Studies show that coffee drinkers are at a lower risk of developing the disease. For example, the American Medical Association conducted a massive meta-analysis. And they found that each cup of coffee you drink a day could translate into an extra seven percent drop in your risk.
And that’s just for a start. In fact, a study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine concluded three cups of coffee a day could slash your overall DEATH risk by 18 percent.
So quit feeling guilty about your java habit. Embrace it instead. And slash your risk for everything from cancer to gallstones.
But just be sure you aren’t dumping disease-linked sugars and artificial sweeteners into your healthy beverage. If you can’t stomach it black, a splash of REAL cream is all you need.