Morning has broken, a new day has started. It’s time to drag yourself out of bed, make your way to the kitchen and start brewing that magical potion that gets your body moving. Is there nothing better than the aroma of fresh ground coffee?
After years of debate, studies have proven that coffee is actually good for you!! Of course we all know that coffee contains caffeine which stimulates the nervous system. Coffee also has beneficial antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifibrotic, and anticancer properties. Coffee contains much higher amounts of antioxidants in a typical serving compared with tea, and even higher than some fruits and vegetables.
For years, coffee was considered bad for people with cardio vascular disease. The thought being caffeine was bad for the heart, new data shows the opposite may be true. The studies show that drinking 3 to 4 cups (6 to 8 oz. equals a cup) of coffee a day not only cuts down the risk of CVD, people also had a lower risk of dying from coronary heart disease and stroke than non-drinkers. Unfortunately, if you suffer from uncontrolled high blood pressure, drinking coffee is a risk.
On the down side, decaffeinated coffee will have less of an effect than filtered caffeinated coffee. Unfiltered coffee, (boiled, Turkish or French press) can have the exact opposite result and can be a health risk.
The antioxidant effects of coffee can lower the risk of some cancers, such as, prostrate, endometrial, melanoma, oral cancers, leukemia, non melanoma skin cancer and liver cancer. Coffee appears to decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Coffee drinking also lowers the risk of chronic liver disease, fibrosis and cirrhosis. Risks of gallstones also decline in coffee drinkers. Consumption of coffee also is known to lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
One of the few times drinking coffee is harmful is during pregnancy. Drinking coffee at this time can cause low birth weight and miscarriage. Drinking coffee during pregnancy appears to raise the risk of childhood leukemia. Possible reasons for the danger of caffeine during pregnancy is that the caffeine doubles in pregnancy. The caffeine in one cup of coffee is much higher, the fetus has low levels of enzymes to break it down, which can be harmful to the baby.
Even though coffee has a lot of health benefits, not everyone should drink it. Regular coffee can increase energy and alertness, but some people may have anxiety that’s ramped up by caffeine. People that have trouble sleeping or have trouble with GERD should stay away from coffee.
With all the health benefits of coffee, that doesn’t mean you should run to the nearest coffee house and order a coffee with sugary syrups and creams. Remember those drinks only add extra calories. If you have to have a flavored coffee, chose a low fat cappuccino or latte. Also, just a dusting of cocoa powder or cinnamon will give you flavor without all the added fat, sugar, and calories. Also, be aware that a sweet roll, cookie or a piece of pie, goes great with coffee, but remember you don’t need the added calories. Let’s keep things HEALTHY!!
Here’s to the start of a new day!!!!