It is not only a delicious drink and a habit – coffee is also associated with various health benefits, such as protecting the heart muscle, protects against type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, as well as in reducing the risk of skin cancer. And now it was discovered that this drink, among the many good things, can also contribute to preserving the integrity of our DNA!
During the research, scientists have found that consuming more coffee strengthens the links between DNA in the white blood cells. Although it is a small study, findings agree with some previous ones, during which it was discovered that coffee consumption associated with a reduction of damage to cells caused by oxidation, which can damage DNA.
The main reason why coffee has the attention of scientists in the recent years is because it is known to be rich in bioactive ingredients. These chemicals have a positive impact on health. For example, coffee oil quinic acid increases levels of antioxidant enzymes in the cell and affects the reduction of reactive oxidants that are produced during normal metabolism and can damage proteins in the whole and adversely affect DNA. And if damage becomes too great, there is a mutation of the DNA, and even the appearance of cancer.
Therefore drinking a cup of coffee, this risk is reduced and even strengthens the immune system, which helps the body fight disease and infection.