Everyone is becoming more health conscious. Isn't that great?!
You've probably done a quick search engine query of "Is coffee good for you?" or "Is coffee healthy?", or something close to that, right?
Short answer : Yes.
A closer look into the question reveals some fascinating information. Coffee is full of antioxidants and has a few other vital nutrients that the body needs. It gives your brain and metabolism a little boost, it's a natural blood-thinner & anti-inflammatory. However you look at it from a health perspective one this is for sure coffee is a great way to start the day.
But what about those who are looking for more than just a quick answer?
Antioxididants? What are those again? They act as a mini barrier of defense inside the body -- from potentially harmful free-radicals that we are often exposed to in day-to-day life. HealthLine sheds some light on antioxidants in coffee, "
Coffee is more than just black water. Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink.
A single cup of coffee contains (21):
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
- Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.
Although this may not seem like a big deal, most people are drinking more than one cup per day. If you drink 3-4, then these amounts quickly add up."
Perhaps what makes coffee such a super-power, is its super-hero companion is Caffeine. Caffeine plays a large role in how the beverage impacts the body. But all in all, what is it exactly that coffee is good for? There has been a lot of incoming evidence supporting that regular coffee drinkers have lower risks to Alzheimer, Parkinson's and other neuro-degenerative disorders.
There's also some scientific data showing that regular coffee drinkers (2-3 cups a day) have lower risks of Type II Diabetes. There seems to a correlation between coffee consumption with insulin resistance. Because Strokes are often a risk with Diabetes, you could anecdotally say that coffee is good for those watching their sugars (that is, if they're not adding too much!) -- hence strokes as well.
LiveScience reports "[w]hile coffee has been given a bad rap for supposedly upping the risk of stroke and coronary heart disease, scientific studies have revealed the contrary. Drinking coffee lowers the risk of stroke by 19 percent among women, according to a 2009 Harvard Medical School study that tracked the coffee habits and stroke occurrences among 83,000 American women for nearly a quarter century."
Speaking of sugars -- this is where the question "Is coffee healthy" becomes a bit tricky. Coffee on its own, (black, or even with just a little cream) should be considered technically fine. What makes 'coffee' unhealthy, is when it becomes absolutely loaded with sugars, chemicals and other potentially harmful additives. Have you seen the carbohydrate & calorie counts on some popular coffee chain beverages? That's not a drink -- it's a meal for a small family! (Not to mention, that spike in sugar can be pretty tough on your teeth, stomach, heart and even waist-band! ... especially in long-term consumption.)
Coffee is also popular because of the energy it gives you. That energy can be for anything, really! It can be that push you need to get you through work, but it can also be your java'jive for the gym! With a natural energy supplement, you might not need to invest in those expensive energy-powders that are full of chemicals. Since coffee is also a minor blood-thinner, that means oxygen gets to your brain quicker, resulting in a more 'clear' workout. Being an anti-inflammatory also means your joints and muscles might bounce back a bit quicker after a tough workout too! That's something everyone can get behind.
Aside from the physical, coffee can be good for mental and emotional well being too. If you've come to develop an appreciation for something that you frequently indulge in, you invest some emotion in it as well. Our brains even come to learn our patterns and habits.
Come on, when you have your first sip? You get all the "happy-tinglies." That's your brain going, "oh yeah! That's the stuff!" While that's just the instantaneous pleasure, there's a bit more longevity to that pleasant experience. There's also reports that coffee could be a strong contender against depression, and even anxiety disorders.
(However, it is important to note that too much caffeine can cause anxiety. So just keep moderation in mind. Too much of anything isn't good for you!) Want more information on coffee on the brain? Check out our blog!
In general, coffee is pretty dang good for you. Yet it also has its drawbacks! Certain brew methods produce coffee that are high in acids, and cholesterol-elevating compounds that could be hurting your smile, heart and stomach! Want to learn more? We've got science on our side!
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