There have always been plenty of myths and misconceptions surrounding coffee consumption and coffee health effects, but happily many of these have been debunked in recent years, and medical professionals will tell you that moderate coffee consumption should not have any negative impact on your health.
Now a new coffee health report has shown that your daily pick-me-up could be doing even more!
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), regular coffee drinkers may be unconsciously helping their bodies to fight off Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – a drug-resistant and potentially deadly superbug. Health professionals will know that MRSA bacteria is often found in the nasal cavity, where it can grow and multiply, eventually infecting the patient, who can easily pass it on to others. However, drinking coffee on a regular basis can dramatically reduce your risk of carrying this bacteria; in fact, the health study showed that on average, regular coffee drinkers are about 50% less likely to be susceptible to MRSA!
Drinking a cup of coffee even once a month was shown to significantly reduce the risk of this infamous staph infection, and it was found that drinking tea offers the same protection. Health researchers say it’s not yet clear why coffee and tea lower the risk of MRSA, and further studies are needed. Some speculate that it could be due to the antimicrobial compounds found in the drinks.
It’s not the first time coffee consumption has been linked to health benefits like disease prevention – regular coffee drinking is also said to be associated with lower risks of serious health issues like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes and even some cancers.
There is still a lot of research needed before health studies can tell us exactly why coffee offers these benefits; however researchers are optimistic about the MRSA study. Findings published in the Annals of Family Medicine said that the link between coffee and disease protection could even point to a new and accessible method of treating the notoriously antibiotic-resistant MRSA. Could this be a breakthrough for coffee health studies? We look forward to the next results!