Love it when my senses are aroused first thing in the morning…the sound of the coffee bean grinder, the smell of the coffee brewing and the taste of a cup of rich coffee with some vanilla creamer. Of course it is always best when I get to enjoy it on the back deck on a cool Fall morning like this morning. Many of us probably could not survive a morning (or a day) without that cup or cups of Java. There are many reasons why we drink coffee. Some drink it for the flavor, others for the caffeine. We drink it while we are eating breakfast, reading the morning paper, socializing or studying with friends or while getting ready for the day. What many of you don’t know is that coffee actually contains hundreds of different chemical compounds. Interestingly enough coffee is a plant that is grown in tropical climates throughout the world. Because it is a plant-based product that is naturally grown, it is high in antioxidants, which the body can use in many ways.
We have all been warned about the hazards of drinking too much coffee, but research shows that drinking coffee in moderation can actually have many health benefits. Take heed, though, with some of the research findings and note that a lot of the research associates the health benefits with the caffeine in coffee and most did not extend these findings to other caffeinated beverages such as tea and/or soda.
Here are some interesting facts that have been published from some recent studies:
1. Regular coffee consumption can help decrease depression 2. Regular coffee consumption may reduce a person’s risk of liver disease. 3. Caffeine is an appetite suppressor – so it may help supplement weight loss. 4. It may help lower your risk of cancer – skin (basal cell carcinoma), prostrate, breast and enodometrial. 5. It may help reduce your risk of diabetes, especially type II. 6. It may help decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. 7. It can help improve your mood, attention span, thought processing, and overall intelligence. 8. It may help decrease loss of muscle mass as we age. 9. It is a “legal” performance enhancer – meaning it can help increase your energy with activity (maybe A-Rod should have tried this).
If you are not a coffee drinker already, there is no need to start now, but if you are already a coffee drinker then consuming some coffee everyday along with a healthy, well-rounded diet and regular exercise may help you live a stronger, healthier life.
Now that I have consumed my 2 cups of coffee while writing this blog, it’s time to get on with the rest of my day!
Moderation – this is my belief to most everything we consume. Enjoy your morning cup of Joe knowing that you may be doing something positive for your body! While 3-4 cups seems to be the basis for which most research is done, remember that this is not a case where more is better. In fact overconsumption of coffee, especially caffeinated coffee, can have adverse effects on your body. Also, for those of you like myself, who enjoy adding some cream or maybe some sugar, well you have just taken a good natural thing and made it a little less healthy. Over consumption of sugar and cream will only lead to weight gain and possibly diabetes. Instead opt for skim milk, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon and/or nutmeg to provide the flavor you are looking for.
And one last thing, you might want to consider buying stock in Starbucks!
Until next time…be strong, be healthy.