Coffee May Improve Health Of Gut Microbiome

Here’s yet another reason to just enjoy your cup of morning coffee– it’s good for your gut health. Baylor College of Medicine researchers have linked caffeine consumption to a healthy gut microbiome– or the trillions of microorganisms that live in your digestive tract and affect your overall health. The scientists found the microbiomes of regular coffee drinkers were considerably healthier than those who consumed little to no coffee. Heavy coffee drinkers had more abundant and more evenly distributed bacterial species that were richer in anti-inflammatory properties, and were significantly less likely to contain a bacteria linked to metabolic abnormalities and obesity. It’s not clear why coffee has such a healthy effect on the gut, but it could be due to the caffeine or other nutrients in coffee. So if you enjoy coffee and you find it makes you feel good, go ahead and get a second cup