Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. Coffee, a rich beverage that contains nutrients, antioxidants, and caffeine has recently been touted as being both good and bad for you! Being a coffee drinker myself, I decided to take a look at the risks and benefits. Here's what I found some of the perks to be:
~ Results of epidemiological studies suggest that coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and liver disease.
~ Coffee can make you feel less tired and increase your energy levels, due to it's caffeine content.
~ There is some evidence to suggest that coffee can help you burn fat. Several studies show that the caffeine in coffee can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11 per cent.
~ A single cup of coffee has some essential nutrients, which include vitamin B-2 and B-5, magnesium, potassium, and niacin, B-3.
~ Some studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65 per cent lower risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.
~ Coffee may help fight depression. In a 2011 Harvard study, women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee a day, had a 20 per cent lower risk of becoming depressed.
There are not many risks associated with coffee drinking but here are a few:
~ Some of the risks associated with coffee come from unfiltered coffee, which has been linked to elevated cholesterol levels is some people.
~ Coffee can make some people jittery due to its caffeine content. It can also cause headaches and nausea in some individuals.
Please check with your doctor before consuming beverages that contain caffeine if you are on any medications.
Remember, Folks, food determines how we feel and heal!
Source: An Evidence-based Approach to Phytochemicals and Other Dietary Factors, by Jane Higdon and Victoria J. Drake