If you like coffee and it likes you (i.e., it doesn't give you migraines, jitters, an upset stomach, or irregular heartbeats), enjoy. Here's why:
- Coffee wards off Alzheimer's disease. Something in coffee releases a substance called GCSF that helps sweep beta-amyloid deposits (the plaque buildups seen in Alzheimer's) out of your brain. Cut your risk of Alzheimer's disease in half.
- Coffee fends off Parkinson's. The reason isn't clear, but the finding is consistent, and more coffee equals more protection. Protect your coffee's antioxidants with this serving style.
- Coffee fights diabetes. As coffee consumption goes up, diabetes risk goes down. Specifically, risk drops about 7 percent with each daily cup. Learn how coffee helps prevent diabetes.
No time to brew a fresh pot? No worries. Instant coffee holds its own because it starts out as brewed coffee and retains some of the healthy substances. Here's another bonus: Instant has two-thirds more fiber. Yep, believe it or not, a 12-ounce cup of instant coffee contains about 3 grams of fiber, versus about 1.8 grams in brewed.
Don't like coffee? Here's how to get its benefits without touching the stuff.