Turkish Coffee's Health Benefits
Turkish coffee is known to keep your skin healthy and fight cancers, if consumed regularly. Other than providing mental alertness and energy, coffee has many other health benefits.
1. Turkish coffee helps digestion.
Turkish word "kahvaltı" means “breakfast” and directly translates to "after coffee." Turkish coffee is traditionally consumed right after breakfast to start the day with an optimal digestive condition. Proteins and caffeine in Turkish coffee helps with active digestive system by improving intestinal muscle contractions.
2. Turkish coffee keeps your gut healthy.
While human gut is abundant in different kinds of beneficial bacteria, due to diet and other health related conditions, the balance in the gut may be damaged. According to Dr. Li Jiao, the associate professor of medicine–gastroenterology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, high consumption of caffeine may provide beneficial effect in guts. Dr. Jiao’s team studied the colonoscopy of 34 participants and found that “higher caffeine consumption was associated with increased richness and evenness of the mucosa-associated gut microbiota, and higher relative abundance of anti-inflammatory bacteria, such as Faecalibacterium and Roseburia and lower levels of potentially harmful Erysipelatoclostridium.”
3. Turkish coffee may help protect against type 2 diabetes.
According to a 2014 study, people who increased the consumption of coffee by at least one cup a day for more than 4 years had 11% lower risk of getting type 2 diabetes when compared to those who didn’t increase the consumption.
Another study in 2017 shows that people who consumed at least 4 cups of caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee daily had lower risk of metabolic syndrome including type 2 diabetes.
4. Turkish coffee may help protect against Parkinson’s disease.
Caffeine in many beverages including coffee has been proved in various studies to help protect against Parkinson’s disease. A 2018 study shows that men who drank caffeinated beverages including coffee had up to fivefold less risk of getting Parkinson’s disease. However, decaffeinated coffee hasn’t shown any improvements.
5. Turkish coffee helps maintaining liver health.
Regular drinking of Turkish coffee may lower the risk of liver diseases including cancer. The World Health Organisation has confirmed this by reviewing more than 1,000 studies in humans. Coffee also lowers the risk of other liver conditions including fibrosis (scar tissue that builds up within the liver) and cirrhosis. Drinking coffee can slow the progression of liver disease in some patients. Beneficial effects have been found however the coffee is prepared – filtered, instant and espresso. (source)
Although Turkish coffee may provide many health benefits, excessive consumption of caffeine may cause side effects like sleep problems, irritation in the stomach lining, and dehydration. With healthy diet and regular exercise, the right amount of Turkish coffee can boost your health.