For decades, it’s been a given in natural health circles that coffee is a no-no. It’s commonly one of the first things that people are asked to give up when going on a detox program, or any other recommendations for improving their health. Over the past decade or so, though, evidence has been mounting that there are actually many health benefits for that morning cup of joe.
One of the latest findings is that coffee may help to reduce pain. In 2012, Norwegian researchers found that coffee drinkers reported about a 25% lower pain score than non-coffee drinkers in a simulated office work environment. This difference was true whether participants had chronic pain or not.
Other benefits that have been reported for coffee in recent years include:
- decreased risk of endometrial cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and type 2 diabetes
- enhanced muscle growth
- assistance with weight loss (with green coffee bean extract)