I’ve been extolling the health benefits of coffee for years. Now, there’s another reason to go ahead and drink up. A study found that drinking more than three cups of coffee per day can lower risk of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), one of the most common forms of skin cancer.
The researchers analyzed data from the Nurses’ Health Study conducted from 1984-2008, and followed 72,921 participants. One of the lifestyle traits they measured was coffee consumption. What they found is that the health benefits of drinking three or more cups a day lowered skin cancer risk in women by 20 percent and lowered men’s risk by 9 percent, as compared to those who drank less than one cup of coffee a month; thereby demonstrating that one of the benefits of coffee is helping to prevent skin cancer.
Other Health Benefits of Coffee
This is just one of the latest discoveries related to the health benefits of coffee. Other research has shown that drinking three to four cups of coffee slashes your diabetes risk by 33 percent. Coffee also reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease by up to 80 percent and protects against Alzheimer’s disease, improves concentration and alertness, and can even halt a full-blown asthma attack.
While there are many health benefits of coffee, there are some folks who need to be careful about how much coffee they drink. If you have high blood pressure or you’re pregnant or expecting to become pregnant, I recommend that you go easy on coffee since the risk associated with consuming caffeine outweighs the benefits of coffee. And if you’re struggling with osteoporosis, limit your coffee intake to a cup every now and then—higher intake has been linked with a decrease in bone density.
Now it’s your turn: Are you familiar with any other benefits of coffee?