Recent information has emerged that coffee is not just delicious, energy-boosting, heart-healthy, and a good way to pick up chicks. It’s also a good way to fight off prostate cancer.  It used to be that coffee was stigmatized as a vice – something that you drank to get through the day but that was, ultimately, bad for you.  The dark, brown tides are certainly shifting now, though.  Not only this there very little evidence that coffee is bad for you (excepting for a mile elevation on cholesterol in some cases), but it appears that coffee is actually very, very good for you.  

Reduces risk of prostate cancer

As we mentioned, the most recent news is that coffee could actually reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Not only that, but the particularly type of prostate cancer that it affects was the deadliest type. In a study involving 50,000 men over a period of 20 years, researchers were able to find that if men drank 6 or more cups of coffee a day had a 60% lower chance of developing advanced prostate cancer. That’s encouraging, but here’s what the professionals say:

“People shouldn’t start changing their coffee consumption based on one study,” Wilson said in a phone interview on Dec. 5. “It could be chance, and we really need to see whether it pans out in other studies.”

Lowers risk of diabetes

One of the mechanisms that researchers have hypothesized for the way that coffee consumption reduces risk of prostate cancer is through the same mechanism by which it reduces insulin levels. Higher insulin levels are associated with prostate cancer and coffee lowers them. As of yet, it is unclear if/how these are related. What is clear, though, is that regular coffee consumption reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes. 

Fights vices

If you’re the type of fella that likes to have a few drinks every now and again that have a little more kick than coffee, then you might do well to tack on a few cups of joe the morning after your next bender. Studies have shown that regular coffee consumption (4 cups a day) were at 1/5th the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver than those who drank no coffee at all. It appears to have an “inversely related, protective” relationship with liver function.

Makes you smarter

Coffee will make you smarter both in the short and the long term. With the longview in mind, coffee appears to protect against Alzheimer’s disease as well as other neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s. Its abundance of chlorogenic acids – a type of antioxidant – plays a roll in protecting the brain from losing functionality. Perhaps the best part about those is that you get them whether you drink regular or decaf. 

However, if you do drink caffeinated coffee, you’ve got even more brainpower in the short term. The jolt of caffeine that fuels much of American’s coffee consumption has been proven to temporarily but effectively boost one’s I.Q.  Of course, it also tends to elevate one’s mood and make one feel more energetic which tends to improve productivity mental or otherwise as well. Cheers! 

May Increase Female Sex Drive

While researchers acknowledge that you’d have to drink an abnormally large amount of coffee, and that the female drinking the coffee would have to not regularly drinking it, it may increase female libido. The BBC reports that researchers that dosed test mice with large amounts of caffeine found that the subjects became dirty, dirty rats.  They found, specifically, that the amount of caffeine given to the rats was proportional to the time that it took the females to return to the males for a second mating session.