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Coffee: The Super Drink That Can Protect Your Health
You’re not alone if you need a cup coffee to get you up and going in the morning. According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), 61 percent of Americans drink coffee daily to lift their spirits up.
I’m not much a coffee drinker myself, as I don’t like the taste and I get my energy needed through other sources of nutrition. However, I’m not one to turn away other people from experiencing the health benefits of coffee.
What Coffee Can Do for You
Recent studies have shown that coffee beans contain phenolic acid, a type of polyphenol, which is an antioxidant found in natural plant sources. This antioxidant is found to have cancer-fighting and antidepressant properties. Apart from these benefits, it can also give you the following:
- Cleaner arteries – In a study published in the medical journal Heart, an experiment was conducted on 25,000 people who drank three to five cups of coffee regularly. The findings show that the coffee drinkers were less likely to have calcium deposits in their arteries than those who drank none or more than the controlled amount.
- Lower risk of multiple sclerosis – Published by the American Academy of Neurology, a study was conducted between the connection of coffee consumption and multiple sclerosis. The findings conclude that people who consumed four to six cups a day had lower odds of getting multiple sclerosis.
- A healthier brain – Drinking coffee is linked to the production of serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. It triggers the release brain-derived neurotrophic factor, thus turning brain stem cells in to new neurons.
Take Your Coffee Black, Organic, and in Moderation
To maximize the benefits of drinking coffee, I recommended drinking it without any sweeteners such as cream or sugar, as you’re negating its health effects. Adding sugar raises your insulin resistance, putting you at risk of chronic diseases and accelerating your body’s aging. Not only that, sugar also contributes to obesity, shaving away years from your lifespan.
Remember to Choose Organic Coffee
One important point I would like to emphasize is that you should buy certified organic coffee beans. This is because coffee is a heavily pesticide-sprayed crop, and consuming contaminated beans means you’re essentially drinking a beverage without any positive effects at all.
Aside from that, you must purchase whole beans, not ground. Whole beans stay fresh longer while retaining their nutrients.
When it comes to preparing the coffee, the type of filter is important also. Make sure that you use non-bleached filters, because bleached filters contain chlorine that may leach into the beverage during the brewing process.
Drink Coffee Moderately or Drink Decaf
Remember that consuming huge amounts of coffee everyday might not do you any good in the long run.
Drinking too much coffee may lead to anxiety and may disrupt your sleeping patterns. If you’re prone to acid reflux, avoid coffee since it is acidic and will irritate your gastrointestinal tract.
As a rule of thumb, limit yourself to four cups a day. A cup of coffee is usually considered to be around five to eight ounces, with approximately 100 mg of caffeine.
If you notice your sleeping patterns are affected by drinking coffee, but would still like get some of the benefits, drink decaffeinated coffee. However, keep in mind that decaffeinated coffee beans have 97 percent of the caffeine removed, which means they may have less protective effects. An alternative to this predicament is using Arabica beans, which have lower caffeine content than other coffee beans.
Do Not Drink Coffee If You’re Pregnant
If you’re pregnant, I strongly recommend avoiding coffee, or any form of caffeine for that matter. Your baby does not benefit from the caffeine you consume, therefore posing a potential risk to their health.
A study from Norway published by BMC Medicine has shown a relation between caffeine consumed by pregnant women and lower delivery weight. The findings show that coffee consumption increased the chances of delivering a low birth weight baby, and also affecting the gestation period. It’s a serious issue you need to consider for the sake of you and your unborn child’s health.
If you are pregnant and really must take your coffee, I strongly advise limiting your intake to two cups a day using whole, Arabica or decaf coffee beans.
Drinking Coffee: The Important Points
Share this infographic with your loved ones, to let them know that coffee benefits people who drink it regularly. Just keep in mind to educate them about the following important points:
- Drinking coffee in moderation
- Buying certified organic coffee beans
- Brewing coffee properly using non-bleached filters
- Avoiding all caffeinated drinks for pregnant women
The five amazing benefits listed on the infographic will be an eye-opener on how coffee can improve your well-being tremendously. I encourage you to take your time reading the information above.