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What’s the real SCOOP on coffee?

44a2bcbfeed4ee1d4cb988da3117d2d9The health benefits of coffee has been a controversial topic for years already. Detractors have honed into the fact that coffee is a stimulant (since it contains caffeine)  that can disrupt sleep and cause jitters, heart palpitations, anxiety and panic attacks in people who are sensitive to caffeine.

However, in those of us who are not sensitive to caffeine, and those who can get past the temporary effects of raised blood pressure (and running to the restroom every 5 minutes,) can enjoy the many diverse benefits that studies have linked to coffee.

  • Coffee is high in antioxidants which can help reduce your risk of several diseases.
  • Coffee beans contain many
  • Caffeine in coffee can enhance your brain function as it blocks Adenosine which increases brain activity and the release of certain neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine to reduce fatigue and increase alertness.
  • Caffeine also boosts the metabolism and increase performance.
  • Coffee can help reduce the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s by up to 65%.
  • Coffee can help lower your diabetes risk by up to 67%.
  • Coffee can help reduce your risk of liver disease by up to 84% and liver cancer by up to 40%.
  • Coffee can help lower the risk of depression or suicide.

That being said, these reasons may not be a compelling reason to start drinking coffee if you don’t do it already. But if you do – go ahead and enjoy it in moderation.

You should also brew your coffee with a paper filter (if you aren’t using a Keurig of course!) It would seem that it’s ideal to keep your coffee consumption to a maximum of two cups a day, and to avoid adding unhealthy additives, such as sugar, and artificial creamer to it. If you’re pregnant, or if you are one of those people who metabolize caffeine slowly, try avoid it to the max.

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