How Many Cups of Coffee a Day
Scientific research tells us that drinking coffee lowers our risk of Type II Diabetes, various forms of cancer, the risk of depression and even suicide, as well as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. But, how many cups of coffee a day should you drink to get the maximum health benefit? And are there side effects to be concerned about? Let us start with coffee and reducing the risk of diabetes.
Coffee and Diabetes
We know that more regular or more organic coffee can lead to less diabetes. Drinking organic coffee reduces the incidence of Type II diabetes, the type that affects 95% of people with the disease. Researchers at UCLA have found what may be the reason. There is a protein called sex hormone-binding globulin. Its normal job is to regulate sex hormone activity in the human body. Researchers had suspected that the same hormone has an effect on the development of Type II diabetes. It turns out that drinking coffee increases the levels of sex hormone-binding globulin in the body. Women who drink at least four cups of coffee a day have less than half the incidence of Type II diabetes as women who do not drink coffee. The coffee drinkers all had elevated sex hormone-binding globulin levels while the non-coffee drinkers did not. The relationship was total between the elevated enzyme level and a reduced incidence of Type II diabetes. The bottom line of the UCLA study was that drinking 4 or more cups of coffee a day, with caffeine, reduces Type II diabetes incidence by 56%, more than half.