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Is Coffee Good For You?
Posted on January 31 2022,
It's does much more than just perk you up.
Coffee is arguably the world's favorite bean, but is it a benefit or risk to your health? We researched this and found some very good news. Coffee is indeed good for your health.
According to the Cleveland Clinic's Registered Dietitian Andrea Dunn, RD, "there aren't a lot of downsides to drinking moderate amounts of coffee. In fact, it can have positive effects on your health."
We all know that the caffeine in coffee is a natural stimulant many of us rely on to get our motors running in the morning. But it provides more than just a jolt of energy. Caffeine acts quickly upon consumption on the brain to improve memory, mood, reaction times, and mental function. Plus, coffee contains more than 1,000 botanical compounds and is a rich source of nutrients such as B vitamins, potassium, and riboflavin. Coffee beans are also rich in antioxidants which help protect our cells from damage.
More good news.
For those who are type 2 diabetic, coffee helps our bodies process glucose better. Plus, both regular and decaffeinated coffee have protective effect on our liver. Coffee drinkers are more likely to have liver enzymes within a healthy range than people who don't drink coffee. Dark coffee decreases the breakdown of DNA strands, which can lead to cancer or tumors if not repaired by your cells. So, in essence, coffee makes your DNA stronger.
Coffee reduces the odds of contracting certain diseases.
Research shows that female coffee drinkers are less likely to die from some of the leading causes of death in women, including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. While one in 23 women develop colon cancer in their lifetime, coffee drinkers were 26 percent less likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
As little as two cups of coffee per day may provide significant protection against Alzheimer's Disease. Women 65 or older who drink two to three cups of coffee a day were less likely to develop dementia in general. Plus, coffee consumption can lower your chance of developing Parkinson's disease, and can also help those with the condition better control jerky movements.
When should you be careful about your coffee consumption?
According to WebMD, pregnant women should limit themselves to no more than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day. That's approximately the amount in a 12-ounce cup of coffee. The effects of caffeine also vary from person to person. Some are able to tolerate caffeine consumption throughout the day, while others feel agitation or anxiety from a small amount. Plus, for many, drinking coffee too late in the day can disrupt sleep, which is an important component of overall good health.
The bottom line?
Like everything that's really good in life, moderation is the key. But studies show that two to three cups of coffee each day has benefits that far outweigh any risks. At Roasted Whisk, we couldn't agree more. Let's raise a mug to coffee and good health!