There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t start my day with at least one hot cup of coffee. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 100 degrees outside or 30 degrees the coffee has to be hot. In this day and age of iced coffee I thought I might mention that.
I personally drink the stuff because it wakes me up and I feel more attentive. As a matter of fact I just had a cup of coffee before writing this article. The only side effect I heard of in my many years of drinking coffee is that it can give you the jitters. Now I know there are health benefits associated with drinking coffee. I’ve listed at least 5 health benefits of coffee in this article.
1. Relieves headaches: Studies show that 200 milligrams of caffeine, about the amount in 16 ounces of freshly brewed coffee provides relief from headaches including migraines. Exactly how that happens is not quite clear but scientists know that caffeine does boosts brain cell activity which causes surrounding blood vessels to constrict. According to Robert Shapiro M.D. associate professor of neurology and director of the Headache Clinic at the University of Vermont Medical School this constriction may help relieve the pain associated with headaches.
2. Brain power boost: Studies also suggest that drinking between 1 to 5 cups of coffee a day may help reduce the risk of developing Dementia, Alzheimer, and Parkinson’s disease. This is probably achieved by the antioxidants in coffee protecting against brain cell damage. Neurotransmitters would work better in this environment and help achieve maximum cognitive function.
3. Protects the Liver: Limited research seems to suggest that the more coffee one drinks the better chance they have of protecting their liver against cirrhosis and other liver diseases. One study showed a 43 percent liver cancer risk reduction in every daily 2-cup of coffee increase in consumption.
4. Protects against Diabetes: The antioxidants in coffee also have a role in boosting your body cells’ sensitivity to insulin which helps regulate blood sugar. Those of us that drink at least 4 cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes according to some studies. Other studies have shown that the insulin sensitivity boost of caffeine can have the opposite effect so it’s suggested that you may want to drink decaf every once in a while.
5. Healthy Heart: Those of us that drink 1 to 3 cups of coffee a day are considered moderate coffee drinkers, and have less of a chance of having a stroke than non-coffee drinkers. Many of you may not know this but coffee has more antioxidants per serving than blueberries, which makes it the biggest source of antioxidants in American diets. Studies show that immediately after a cup of coffee your blood pressure increases along with your heart rate, but over time coffee’s antioxidants activate nitric oxide which has the effect of enlarging blood vessels and would also lower your blood pressure.
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