Finally, some good news for all coffee lovers…
As a long-time caffeine addict, this is the type of information I love to hear.
Thankfully, I first watched it as home and not in a local coffee shop where my ‘air punches’ and loud ‘yahoos’ would have drawn me some very strange looks!
Some recent medical studies have been released and show that drinking 4-5 cups of coffee per day can be good for your health – they can help you lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure.
It also improves your mood. Well, I know that I feel better after a good cup of ‘joe’.
And no, this news is not ‘conjured’ from my keyboard. They are from highly respected medical schools and published in some of the top medical journals.
I’m not over-caffeinating. I’m working
on my polyphenol levels.
How can coffee potentially help prevent some of those medical nasties?
Coffee contains polyphenols which are one family of plant compounds that can be abundant in your favorite brew. Coffee is prepared from roasted coffee beans that are the seeds of berries from the Coffea plant.
The main source of polyphenols, many of which are antioxidants is dietary or what we eat or drink.
Coffee is a great source of polyphenols which can help lower the risk of the medical nasties mentioned above, but also:
- Lower cholesterol
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve artery (endothelial) function
- Prevent platelet clumping
- Improve arterial flexibility
- Improved lifespan
Wine is another great source of polyphenols but drinking it first thing in the morning is usually not socially acceptable!
The other good news is that chocolate is also rich in it…
Change your coffee, change your life.
However, the way you drink your coffee (or how it is prepared) can impact any healthy benefits
- The more lightly the beans are roasted the higher the levels of polyphenol that your beverage will contain. The roasting process destroys the polyphenol, so the more darkly roasted (the longer it is processed) the lower the levels.
- The more darkly roasted the bean, the more bitter the taste. Often the temptation is to sweeten your brew with more milk, more sugar or more creamer to off-set this. It is these additions that add the calories to your drink.
- If you are concerned that drinking 4-5 cups of coffee per day will impact your sleep or make you feel too hyperactive, swap to decaf – it contains the same levels of polyphenol without the caffeine hit.
While you are enjoying your next cup of coffee,
why not multi-task and have a read of the book?
Take it to your coffee shop or place it in a prominent
position to ensure that all those so-called friends who
suggest that you should quit coffee or drink less of it notice it.
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