The Health Benefits of Coffee

Do you start out your day with a cup of coffee? If you do not, you are in the minority.  In the United States alone, “about 83 percent of adults drink coffee” (USAToday). The main reason why people drink coffee is it a drink that stimulates them to wake up. That is because coffee is a stimulant. Other people drink coffee because it is a delicious treat that goes well with donuts and pastries. Did you know that there are many healthy reasons why you should drink a cup of coffee a day?



The Health Benefits of Coffee

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Whether you drink a cup of coffee, you are loading your body with antioxidants. It is even said “that steaming cup of java is also the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. Diet” (Phys.org). You should know that our bodies need antioxidants to fight against free radical damage. Just in case you do not know what free radicals are, these are damaged cells that attack the healthy one.

According to the Mayo Clinic, drinking coffee may reduce the risk of an individual getting diabetes. That is because since coffee is a stimulant, it speeds up metabolism. Therefore the sugars are broken down at a faster rate before it gets absorbed in the blood stream. Research is still being conducted on the affects of coffee use with individuals who already have diabetes.

In the past there had been some concerns about rises in cholesterol numbers by coffee drinkers. That is because of oils called terepenes that are found in coffee beans. These oils can cause cholesterol numbers to rise. However, a majority of people use coffee machines which filter the coffee grounds and water is passed through a paper filter. This filtering process removes a majority of the terepenes. Therefore, if you drink filtered coffee, you should not have a problem with cholesterol. Just remember, you make to drink coffee in moderation. Where one to two cups a coffee if fine, six cups may not be so good. Plus, what type of creamers you add to your coffee may affect your cholesterol levels. Look for creamers that are low in cholesterol. One the other hand, if you drink instant coffee, use a French press, use a percolators or drink espressos, you should check your cholesterol on a regular basis,

It has been said that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of getting gall bladder disease and gallstones. “It may even be beneficial in the early stages of gallbladder disease, where it is thought to slow down the progression of non-symptomatic to symptomatic gallstones” (coffeeandhealth).  Research is still going on in this area.

Drinking coffee may lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes in men and women. Since the caffeine in coffee is a stimulant, it reduces the risk of heart rhythm disturbances. A study showed that drinking coffee reduced the risk of clogged arteries when people “who drank three to five cups of java per day had a lower risk of having calcium deposits in their coronary arteries, which is an indicator of heart disease“ (livescience).

Coffee beans, especially the ones that are roasted, contain anti-bacterial properties. Drinking coffee can clear up infections and microorganisms in the mouth, especially the ones that cause cavities and tooth decay.

The caffeine in coffee is effective in fighting against pain. Drinking a cup of coffee may help that headache and toothache pain go away.

According to research, drinking coffee may reduce the risk of getting Parkinson’s disease. It is further said “that caffeine can help with movement symptoms for people who already have the disease” (aan).

Now that you know and understand all the benefits of coffee, grab a cup and enjoy your java. However, if you are sensitive to caffeine, try a weaker blend by combining some decaf coffee with your regular coffee. Remember to drink the coffee in moderation, no more than three cups a day. Always remember to keep appointments with your doctor.

 

References

 

https://www.aan.com/pressroom/home/pressrelease/1096

http://coffeeandhealth.org/hcp-resources/coffee-and-gallbladder-function/

http://www.livescience.com/50012-coffee-heart-attack-risk.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/expert-answers/blood-sugar/faq-20057941

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/6242467/ns/health-heart_health/t/coffee-cholesterol/#.VUD3UNJViko

http://phys.org/news6067.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/04/09/coffee-mania/2069335/



http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/04/09/coffee-mania/2069335/






  • Comments

    1. Profile photo of Francine Labelle
      Francine Labelle

      I just love a good cup of coffee. In fact I used to like it way too much as I drank sometimes 10-15 cups a day. But since I am not working as a registered nurse anymore I have greatly decreased to about 2-3 cups a day. But on the flip side I gained a lot of weight since my decrease in coffee consumption and that is even with the low calorie count of 2 calories per cup of coffee. Oh well, you cannot have everything in life… Very good informative and well written article…

    2. Profile photo of Lois Ryan
      Lois Ryan Post author

      I usually have up to two cups a day at home. I might drink more at night since I work the night shift and depends how well I sleep during the day

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