For a long time, coffee was considered to be harmful to the stomach and intestines, but regular consumption of moderate amounts of coffee appears to offer some benefits for gastrointestinal health. In particular, the intestinal flora and digestion can benefit.
In a new review involving experts from the Municipal Hospital Complex in Chorzów (Poland), the effects of coffee consumption on various aspects of the gastrointestinal tract were analyzed. The results can be read in the “Journal of Education, Health and Sport”.
Coffee popular and healthy
The taste and stimulating effects of coffee contribute to making it one of the most consumed drinks worldwide, the researchers report. At the same time, thanks to its ingredients, coffee can protect against various diseases and health problems.
The results of recent studies confirm the health-promoting effects of coffee; the researchers explain that two to five cups of coffee should be drunk every day, which corresponds to a maximum intake of 400 milligrams of caffeine per day.
Coffee is healthy for the digestive system
Current evaluations once again illustrate the possible health benefits of moderate coffee consumption. The study results clearly highlight the multiple benefits of regular coffee consumption for the digestive system, according to the research team.
For example, consuming coffee promotes digestion, accelerates stool movement and also shows potential for preventing cancer. Coffee also stimulates stomach acid and at the same time increases the so-called bile and pancreatic secretion.
Fewer gallstones and healthier intestinal flora
Other benefits of regular coffee consumption include a reduced risk of gallstone formation, promotion of colon movement and a positive influence on intestinal flora, the team reports.
It has also become clear that coffee is not a decisive risk factor for diseases such as reflux, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease or cancer.
Reduced risk of premature death
The health benefits of coffee were also highlighted in another recent study this month. For example, it reports that coffee has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiangiogenic, anti-cancer, chemoprotective and hepatoprotective properties.
A link has also been found between coffee consumption and a lower risk of chronic liver disease and premature death. In addition, coffee is healthy for the cardiovascular system in general, at least in part due to its anti-inflammatory properties, which are also beneficial in diabetes, the team reports.
Protection against neurodegenerative diseases
Coffee is not only good for the body, but also for the mind. The bioactive compounds it contains provide effective protection against various neurodegenerative diseases, the researchers explain.
Coffee can improve mood, alertness, learning ability and reaction time in the short term and in the long term the drink can even prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
The health benefits for the body and mind identified in the research make it clear that regular, moderate coffee consumption can have considerable overall health benefits. (as)