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If you’re anything like me, the best part of waking up is… absolutely any kind of coffee in your cup. Not only is it a mandatory part of my morning routine, but the promise of coffee is sometimes the only thing that can pry me out of bed some mornings. However, the benefits of coffee extend beyond being a morning motivator. In fact, some of the health benefits may even encourage the more casual drinker to go for a refill!

Coffee may help lower men’s prostate cancer risk. A study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that drinking one to three cups of coffee per day can cut prostate cancer risk by up to 30 percent. Men who drink six cups of coffee a day (whoa!) have a 60 percent decreased chance of developing a dangerous form of prostate cancer.

Health benefits of coffee.

Coffee has surprising health benefits.

More than 15 published studies have confirmed that the risk of Type 2 Diabetes goes down with coffee consumption as well. Many researchers cite the antioxidant-rich beverage as an effective way to control insulin. This study is one of few that doesn’t cite caffeine as the main cause of health benefits, but instead the minerals and antioxidants. This being the case, decaffeinated coffee is thought to have the same effect on Type 2 Diabetes risk.

Coffee at Black Bear Crossings.

Start your morning off with a cup of coffee.

A study done by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests that there is a chemical in the brain that interacts with caffeine to boost levels of granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF), a factor that seems to be able to fight off Alzheimer’s in mice. This research is ongoing.

Health benefits of coffee.

Take home coffee beans from Black Bear Crossings Café.

Although more research is being done in many areas relating to the health benefits of coffee, I’m sure you can come up with a few benefits on your own. Stop by Black Bear Crossings Café and Banquet Center to grab a cup…or a pound! Black Bear carries fair trade and organic coffee beans that can be ordered by the quarter pound, available in espresso, breakfast blend, and decaf breakfast blend.

Located in the historic Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul, Minnesota, Black Bear Crossings Café & Banquet Center manages one of the best coffee shops and gourmet cafés in St. Paul. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Black Bear Crossings Café & Banquet Center also hosts music and events in Como Park, community meetings and is the ideal historic wedding venue in St. Paul.