Coffee – we love it, can’t live without it! It gives us energy, helps start our day, and for many of us, even the smell of it just makes us feel better. It is one of the top three beverages consumed world-wide along with water and tea! It’s become a morning stable with breakfast, but does it have any benefits to our health? Fortunately, yes! This dark, bitter beverage provides numerous amounts of benefits and a reason to keep it as a stable in our daily routine.
Benefits of Coffee
Coffee can give us energy and improve physical performance. The caffeine boost stimulates our nervous system by increasing our adrenaline levels and signals our lipid tissues to release fatty acids to use for energy in the morning or before going to the gym.
It is packed with antioxidants that help fight free radicals and reduce inflammation. It is particularly rich in hydrocinnamic acids and polyphenols that help prevent cancer and heart disease.
Lower the risk of some health conditions:
Studies have shown that onsuming coffee regularly, about 1-2 cups a day has been linked to reducing the risk of several diseases compared to non-coffee drinkers. Coffee helps protect us against Type 2 diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.
Are there any health risks?
Excessive consumption of coffee can impact our sleep, sometimes we think the caffeine does not bother us and that we can still fall asleep, but it may affect the quality of our sleep. Too much coffee can also lead to bladder, pancreatic, and esophageal diseases. Additionally, if we add sugar, cream and other things to our coffee, it can raise our blood sugar and counteract many of the benefits it offers.
Overall, it’s best to consume in moderation, like everything else. Studies show that about 1-2 cups per day and drinking it black provides the most benefits.
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