Coffee & Health

Coffee is one of the most widely researched food items in the world. Overall, the large and growing body of scientific research shows that coffee, when drunk in moderation i.e., 3-4 regular cups a day, is perfectly safe for the majority of healthy adults. However, there are still many misconceptions about coffee and health which lead to confusion about whether coffee consumption can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Coffee is a complex substance that contains more than 1,000 compounds that may affect health. Caffeine, a sought after stimulant, in coffee can vary greatly, from about 60 milligrams in a shot of espresso to about 150 milligrams in eight ounces of brewed coffee. It has a natural nutrient called chlorogenic acid and when coffee is brewed it raises the antioxidant benefits it offers.

Coffee has disease-fighting antioxidants and studies have shown that it may reduce risk of:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Colon cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Gall stones
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • age-related eye diseases–retinal degeneration

Recent studies indicate that coffee drinkers were found to be living somewhat longer than non-coffee drinkers. Also, the more coffee consumed each day, up to 4-6 cups—the greater the benefit to longevity ratio.

Brain power—caffeine also may boost levels of brain-cell calcium, a mineral known to be important in memory.

Good for your teeth—The water-soluble compound in coffee that contributes to the aroma and flavor called trigonelline, may be the primary reason for “coffee’s anti-adhesive” property and suggests coffee may prevent cavities.·

Include in workouts—people who engage in strenuous physical activities and drink coffee containing caffeine, helps muscles use fatty acids for energy and blunts the effect of adenosine, extending the time before muscles fatigue. Post-exercise soreness is also reduced and recovery time shortened.

Good for your eyes—Chlorogenic acid, a powerful antioxidant found in coffee, has been shown to prevent age-related retinal degeneration in mice, and scientists say it may also play a role in preventing age-related eye diseases.

Read more: New Study on Coffee Health Benefits

To get the health benefits without the extra calories try taking coffee black or with nonfat milk. Many high quality specialty coffees can be enjoyed this way.