Why Coffee is Good for You
A daily coffee intake can be a part of a healthy diet, with powerful antioxidants and important nutrients.
“Caffeine is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about coffee. But coffee also contains antioxidants and other active substances that may reduce internal inflammation and protect against disease,” says Diane Vizthum, M.S., R.D., research nutritionist for Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The Right Amount
As controversial as it can be, recent studies show that drinking the right amount of coffee can be good for you. A team of German researchers, led by the molecular biologists Judith Haendeler and Joachim Altschmied, believe the caffeine level required for optimal heart health is about four shots' worth of espresso a day.
Improves Physical and Mental Performance
Having a strong cup of coffee in the morning or before heading to the gym makes sense and science agrees: caffeine can improve physical and mental performance. Its stimulant effect enhances energy levels, physical endurance, and various aspects of cognitive function, such as alertness and vigilance. A single dose can significantly improve exercise performance, focus and fat burning, releasing fatty acids from your fat tissues.
Provides Antioxidants and Nutrients
Not very keen on fruits and veggies? Coffee can help!
Rich in powerful antioxidants and several important nutrients, it provides a good intake of riboflavin (vitamin B2), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), potassium, magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3).
Lower the Risk of Diseases
The reputed benefits of moderate caffeine consumption include lower risk of serious diseases. Studies show that coffee drinkers have lower risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Even decaf coffee can have a protective effect in your liver, with enzyme levels within a healthier range than non-coffee drinkers.
A Harvard study found out coffee drinkers appears to have a lower risk of developing depression and other similar researches link coffee intake with lower risk of suicide.
It all goes to show that coffee could help you live longer! If consumed moderately in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercises.
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