Six Great Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking Coffee

Behind water and soda pop, coffee is one of  the most popular beverage consumed in this country.  In the US today, it is estimated that there are 100 million coffee drinkers drinking an average of 3 cups a day.  The average coffee cup holds 9 ounces, which means that we drink over 7 million gallons of coffee each day.  For all this coffee we consume, are we getting anything out of it other than a caffeine buzz?  You might be surprised to hear that the answer is ‘yes’.

The following are reasons why coffee is a healthy beverage:

  • Coffee is a great source of anti-oxidants – According to research from the University of Scranton (PA), drinking one or two cups of freshly brewed coffee provides more anti-oxidants than any other food source, which includes fruits and vegetables.  Anti-oxidants protect the body from problems associated with chronic systemic inflammation, as well as heart disease and cancer.

  • It can make you feel happy – A study done by the National Institute of Health found that coffee drinkers were about 10% less likely to be depressed than non-drinkers.  This had nothing to do with the caffeine because Coke drinkers had higher rates of depression.  It may be due to the presence of those anti-oxidants.

  • It may lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes – Another study  from the American Chemical Society states that drinking four or more cups of coffee a day lowers the risk of developing this disease by 50%.  

  • Moderate coffee consumption may reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s or delay its onset.  

  • It protects your liver from alcoholic induced cirrhosis –  Of course, if the amount of alcohol you consume makes you worried about getting this liver disease, then you have a more of a problem than coffee can resolve.  But people who have at least one cup of coffee per day are 20% less likely to develop this autoimmune disease.  Coffee has also been shown to protect against the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.  Overall, studies show that drinking coffee helps to support your liver.

  • It’s already been proven that coffee consumption may prevent the onset of Parkinson’s disease, but it appears that it may also help those already afflicted to control their movements

As you can see, drinking coffee can be quite beneficial for your health.  However, this comes with a “but”. Drinking too much caffeinated coffee can make you wired and can over-stimulate the adrenal glands.  In the long run, this may adversely affect your sleep patterns and other aspects of your health.  Keep in mind that coffee is an acid and drinking too much can cause heartburn. And lastly, coffee is a diuretic, which may make you dehydrated unless you drink water.  It’s also important to keep in mind that these benefits mentioned above are from drinking freshly brewed black coffee.  Once you start adding milk, cream, and sugar, these benefits fall by the wayside.  And if you are adding any kind of industrial sugar substitute, you have created a poisonous drink.

So how about a nice cup of French Roast?

 

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