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Coffee hasn’t had an easy ride in the health and fitness world, with some even linking it to a number of diseases.
However, when you take a closer look at the facts, it really isn’t bad.
Coffee is in fact, an excellent source of certain health boosting phytonutrients, such as caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid and ferulic acid.
Benefits of Coffee
Let’s take a look at five impressive health benefits of coffee.
1. Antioxidant Protection
Free radicals are nasty substances which can cause cancer, diabetes and accelerate the ageing process.
Fortunately though, you can protect yourself from free radicals, and minimize the damage they cause, by eating or drinking antioxidants.
Antioxidants can be found in various plant based foods and drinks. And, coffee is no exception to this, with caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid and ferulic acid all being potent antioxidants
2. Cancer Protection
Coffee was once linked with cancer, but now studies show that cancer protection is one of the many health benefits of coffee.
These cancer fighting effects are mainly due to the caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid found in coffee, with research showning that both these nutrients have anti-cancer properties.
3. Diabetes Protection
Drinking coffee is also though to protect against diabetes.
The caffeic acid reduces blood glucose levels, whilst the chlorogenic acid in coffee inhibits the release of glycogen (stored glucose) from the liver.
This helps to keeps your blood glucose levels low.
4. Heart Disease Protection
Caffeic acid may also help to protect the heart by preventing atherosclerosis (a condition where hard plaques form in your artery walls, which can stop blood getting to the heart).
Caffeic acid may also help to reduce blood levels of low density lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol.
These effects ensure that there is always a good supply of blood and oxygen to and from your heart.
5. Improved Weight Loss
Coffee is probably the last thing which springs to mind when you think of weight loss. However, it may actually help you to shed a few pounds.
There is some evidence indicating that coffee contributes to weight loss by increasing thermogenesis, which is one way the body burns up the excess calories.
You will often hear green tea lauded for its health benefits. And, whilst this praise is perfectly justified, that doesn’t mean coffee should be ignored either.
Enjoying a cup of coffee each morning will not only give you a kick to start the day, but it might just be beneficial to your long-term health, too.
Mel adds: While coffee does appear to offer many health benefits, this should not be interpreted as an incentive to increase your daily coffee intake.
I recommend drinking no more than one to two cups per day.
Remember, other drinks contain nutrients which coffee does not. And, if you add sugar and cream to your coffee, you will also be taking in a lot of unnecessary calories.
How many cups of coffee do you drink each day?