For most of the 7 billion people on the planet, the first cup of coffee is part of the morning ritual. It’s such a popular habit that social media is littered with memes about the importance of allowing someone their first cup of coffee before having a conversation with them in order to ensure your safety.
That said, there has been an ongoing debate about whether or not coffee is a healthy choice for a drink. There is some science to prove the old ideas about coffee may not have been the best or even true. Below is another take on coffee that may have you reaching for the coffee filters more often.
All Things in Moderation
Have you heard the saying that all things should be done and/or consumed in moderation? Not only is this true, but coffee is a wonderful example in at least two ways. First, as you read on, you will discover that this wonderful social drink is made with some of the healthiest things in the world.
However, if you drink too much of it, the things that aren’t so healthy can cause a lot of trouble. Heart trouble and high cholesterol, for starters. Second, with the introduction of places like Starbucks and the term barista, a simple cup of coffee has turned into a cup of hot chocolate with a hazelnut coffee twist.
The constant adage of sugar, different flavored creamers, chocolate chips, eggnog (yes, you read that right,) and whip cream along with many other delicious ingredients does nothing but add to the calorie count. This overage adds pounds to the waistline and brings the threat of obesity and all its pals. Stick to a regular cup of coffee and just three cups or less a day and you can take advantage of all the benefits.
Antioxidants Are Cool
There are these tiny little enemies in our bodies called oxidants. They are free radicals, rebels, if you will, whose only job is to fight of the really bad guys, microbes and viruses. Remember what we said about moderation? It applies here, too. If you have too many oxidants, they begin to fight and damage the good cells, too.
That is why ANTIoxidants are cool. They go in and keep the rebels in check and coffee beans are full of antioxidants. You can also find them in orange and grape juice, blueberries and raspberries, but the levels in these go to breakfast drinks and snacks don’t compare to the levels in your morning cup of Joe. Coffee is not the king, here, but can deliver a killer dose to trouble causing oxidants any day.
What They Found
Now that you know why coffee is healthy, let us tell you where it’s making a difference. Because coffee is so chock full of antioxidants it lends a hand to inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and Crohn’s disease. In turn, it’s anti-inflammatory capabilities lend help to problems caused by these illnesses such as cardiovascular problems.
Because coffee contains these little heroes, it can help prevent cancer and is a great way to slow the aging process of our cells. With that said, you can cancel the effect. Our bodies naturally produce oxidants, but you will also find them in cigarette smoke, other air pollutants, and alcohol.
So, if you drink three cups of coffee every day, but smoke a pack of cigarettes, work in a smog filled city, or enjoy a good six pack, chances are you are canceling any health benefits coffee could have for you. There’s you yet another reason to quit.
Coffee is essential to accomplishing the morning grind for many. Now, you can tell naysayers with authority it’s also healthy.