Does Regular Coffee offer Health Benefits to Coffee Lovers?
Coffee provides that kick of caffeine many of us need to get started in the morning. What could be healthier than that? Actually, coffee can be beneficial to your health, but like anything, too much of something can be detrimental. However, coffee does offer more than taste and get you kick started in the morning.
Medical studies have shown that coffee drinkers are less likely to come down with Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some forms of dementia. In addition, avid coffee drinkers have fewer heart rhythmic problems, strokes, and even certain types of cancer.
However, it should be noted that coffee doesn’t prevent these conditions, but for some reason, does reduce your chances of being diagnosed with such conditions. Why? Researchers don’t know, and at this point, there’s no solid verifiable proof that coffee drinkers are any better off than decaffeinated coffee drinkers. A lot of other factors need to be taken into consideration, including weight, age, physical activity level, job, and environment.
The average American drinks over 400 cups of coffee a year. Antioxidants found in coffee (and other foods and beverages) are the body’s main defense against damage caused by free radicals. Think of free radicals as molecules bent on causing damage and destruction in your body. Antioxidants reduce the ability of free radicals to produce and cause damage, and therefore help protect your health. In addition, minerals found in coffee, such as chromium and magnesium, are essential building blocks of the body’s creation of the hormone insulin. Insulin controls your blood glucose or blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body loses its ability to produce insulin and regulate blood sugar.
Caffeine may give you that kick start in the morning, but it’s not the only thing that keeps you going. No matter how much or how little coffee you drink, everyone should be aware of what it contains, good and bad. As with everything, moderation is key. So go ahead, enjoy that cup of coffee, but don’t overdo!