Coffee is part of many people’s daily routine across the world. And it’s nothing new, many people feel that they cannot function properly without a cup of coffee. Fortunately for coffee lovers, the benefits of coffee are beginning to be better known.
Lot of benefits
Coffee comes from the seeds or beens of cherries that grow on the coffee tree. When you pour hot water over dried, roasted, ground coffee beans, you get the flavorful brown brew that so many people love and drink daily.
Aside from being tasty, these little beans have small amounts of magnesium, potassium, and niacin. In addition, they contain caffeine, which can reduce fatigue and improve alertness and concentration. Perhaps best of all, they are loaded with potent compounds such as chlorogenic acid and polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties that help prevent damage to your cells.
Medical researchers believe the combination of these compounds may delay the absorption of blood sugar, help cells draw sugar from the blood, increase metabolic rate, and help blood vessels contract and relax. Those actions, they suspect, account for why coffee is associated with lower blood pressure, slower rate of weight gain with age, and reduced risks for developing type 2 diabetes or dying from cardiovascular disease or neurological diseases.
But also risks
Health benefits are associated with an intake of one to five cups of coffee per day, and for many health conditions, it doesn’t matter much if the coffee has caffeine or not. However, in some people, too much caffeine—more than 300 milligrams per day—may lead to insomnia, nervousness, heart palpitations, and the jitters. Caffeine taken in after noontime is particularly likely to interfere with sleep. Too much caffeine may also raise blood pressure. The negative effects of caffeine go away when you stop consuming it.
Coffee’s other risks are oily substances called diterpenes, such as cafestol and kahweol. They make it into your cup if you don’t use a coffee filter. So, some caution should be exercised with drinking of unfiltered coffee, since they can raise “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.
One of the largest risks of coffee come from what you may add to it: cream, sugar, or sugary syrup. These add saturated fat and empty calories to your diet, boost your blood sugar, and promote weight gain. So be careful about what you put into your coffee cup.
Finally, keep your coffee habit in check. Stick to no more than five cups per day to keep your coffee intake at a safe level. And if you need more than five cups a day to function, then what you really need is more and better sleep!