Coffee sometimes gets a bad rap in the health community, but like most things moderation and simplicity are the keys. If a cup of coffee is kept simple and enjoyed in moderation, it is net positive in the health benefit category. Research reveals that many centenarian communities (those with the largest population of people who live to be 100) drink two to three cups of black coffee each day!
Some things to keep in mind when enjoying your daily brew:
3 Reasons to keep drinking your beloved coffee:
1. It provides antioxidants.
Coffee contains more than 1000 plant derived chemical components. Coffee contains a type of polyphenol called chlorogenic acids, which are esters of quinic and cinnamic acids. Laboratory studies have shown that this compound has potent antioxidant activity. Polyphenols are effective at neutralizing free radicals and prevent some diseases.
2. It improves mood (‘don’t we know it!’).
Coffee doesn’t just get you going in the morning so you feel more productive and alert, it can actually reduce your chances of suffering from depression. Regular coffee intake can increase the sensitivity of serotonin receptors leading to an increased absorption of serotonin and an overall better mood. A study by the ‘Archives of Internal Medicine’ cited that woman who drank 2-3 cups of coffee per day were 15% less likely to suffer from depression in a 10 year period.
3. It can lower inflammation.
Coffee contains important antioxidants that reduce inflammation in your body. In 2006, researchers from the Iowa Women's Health Study found that drinking coffee lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and other inflammatory diseases in post-menopausal women.