You’re not alone if you need a cup coffee to get you up and going in the morning. According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), 61 percent of Americans drink coffee daily to lift their spirits up.
I’m not much a coffee drinker myself, as I don’t like the taste and I get my energy needed through other sources of nutrition. However, I’m not one to turn away other people from experiencing the health benefits of coffee.
Recent studies have shown that coffee beans contain phenolic acid, a type of polyphenol, which is an antioxidant found in natural plant sources. This antioxidant is found to have cancer-fighting and antidepressant properties. Apart from these benefits, it can also give you the following:
To maximize the benefits of drinking coffee, I recommended drinking it without any sweeteners such as cream or sugar, as you’re negating its health effects. Adding sugar raises your insulin resistance, putting you at risk of chronic diseases and accelerating your body’s aging. Not only that, sugar also contributes to obesity, shaving away years from your lifespan.
Aside from that, you must purchase whole beans, not ground. Whole beans stay fresh longer while retaining their nutrients.
When it comes to preparing the coffee, the type of filter is important also. Make sure that you use non-bleached filters, because bleached filters contain chlorine that may leach into the beverage during the brewing process.
Remember that consuming huge amounts of coffee everyday might not do you any good in the long run.
Drinking too much coffee may lead to anxiety and may disrupt your sleeping patterns. If you’re prone to acid reflux, avoid coffee since it is acidic and will irritate your gastrointestinal tract.
As a rule of thumb, limit yourself to four cups a day. A cup of coffee is usually considered to be around five to eight ounces, with approximately 100 mg of caffeine.
If you notice your sleeping patterns are affected by drinking coffee, but would still like get some of the benefits, drink decaffeinated coffee. However, keep in mind that decaffeinated coffee beans have 97 percent of the caffeine removed, which means they may have less protective effects. An alternative to this predicament is using Arabica beans, which have lower caffeine content than other coffee beans.