If you’ve been wondering what all of those liquids you drink everyday are doing to your body, then there are some god news.
Like most people, you probably start your day with a cup of coffee or a pitcher, if you’re me, and it turns out that it’s A OK, totally fine. A new study from the Harvard school of public health confirmed that increasing your daily coffee intake may actually decrease your risk for diabetes. Faster than you might think too.
Scientists looked at thousands of patients over an eight-year period and found that people who increased the amount of daily coffee they drink by more than one cup during the first four years, had an eleven percent lower risk for type 2 diabetes in the four years that followed.
It’s not only that, but the people who decreased their coffee consumption by more than a cup a day, actually increased their risk for type 2 diabetes by 17 percent. That’s pretty surprising. Keep in mind this applies only to caffeinated coffee. They also tested the effects of decaf and caffeinated tea and apparently neither of those affect the risk for type 2 diabetes.
But that’s not to say that tea is not an important beverage. In fact, new evidence suggest that green tea in particular, can have some positive cognitive effects. People have been talking for a while now about all of the benefits of green tea but no one has actually been able to identify the neuro-mechanisms responsible for those benefits until now.
A team of Swiss scientists gave volunteers a drink containing 27.5 grams of green tea extract, which is pretty sizable (6 or 7 cups worth), and then asked them to perform a set of working memory task inside of an FMRI machine. Not only did the green tea help improve their performance on the memory task, but the MRI result also showed increased synaptic connectivity amongst different areas of the brain.
Another article published claims that if you have a bottle of wine in a day, it’s actually just fine and not bad at all.
A former alcohol expert from the world health organization claims that moderate drinking is actually better for you in the long run than not drinking at all.
This is interesting because the current CDC guidelines say that women should not have more than one large cup of alcoholic drink per day and for men that number is two. Now here comes this guy who’s saying that drinking isn’t actually harmful unless you consume more than 13 units per day, which is around a bottle of wine. That seems like a lot.
Naturally, people will be pretty skeptical about this. For one, it wasn’t published in a scientific journal. Secondly, the guy says that he drew his conclusion based on “decades of evidence” which he didn’t actually then cite any of that and thirdly, what he’s saying goes against pretty much against every recommendation that’s out there.