I Heart Coffee: Health Benefits of a Northwest Institution

In honor of National Coffee Appreciation Day (yes, it’s today!) we would like to pay homage to this seemingly simple yet utterly indispensible beverage.

There has been a longstanding debate over whether or not coffee is “good for you”.  A steady stream of studies are constantly flowing into the media, illustrating both sides of the story.  Here are a few of the positive findings on coffee consumption (in moderation, of course!).

Research has shown that coffee drinkers, as opposed to non-coffee drinkers:

  • are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia
  • have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes
  • may have lower incidence of depression
  • demonstrate increased cognitive performance

Disclaimer: High consumption of coffee has been shown to have a number of negative effects as well. It’s not quite in the spirit of the day, but do be sure to moderate your consumption.



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