Can you start your day well without a cup of coffee? Difficult, right? Until recently, this drink did not enjoy a good reputation. Have you heard the opinions that coffee raises pressure, irritates and makes you addicted, or maybe just the contrary to your ears you have only positive reports about one of the most popular drinks in the world? Which opinions are true and whether to reach for another coffee or switch to tea you will find out in a moment.
One of the main ingredients of coffee is caffeine. It is a stimulant that stimulates the nervous system, removes fatigue and improves concentration. Caffeine is a substance that delays the aging process of the body. It also reduces the risk of developing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Research shows that even 600 mg of caffeine has beneficial effects on our body.
The beneficial influence of the small black on the human body results, among others from the high content of antioxidants we find in coffee beans. Funny antioxidants are also found in tea, but there are fewer of them. Drinking 5 cups of green tea, we provide as much antioxidants as after drinking three cups of coffee.
“In a typical cup of coffee, roasted from natural grains, there are many more antioxidants than in the same amount of black or green tea,” explains Liz Applegate, who is involved in feeding athletes at the University of California.
Two cups of coffee provide our body with approximately 1200 milligrams of polyphenols that prevent cardiovascular diseases and some cancers.
Research carried out by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore has shown that drinking between 3 and 5 cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of a blockage of arteries that can lead to a heart attack.
“Compared to people who did not drink coffee, those who drank three to five cups of coffee a day had less risk of calcium deposits in their coronary arteries, an indicator of heart disease,” the researchers explain.
Another study proves that drinking between 3 and 5 cups of coffee a day improves survivability compared to people avoiding this drink. This may be due to anti-inflammatory effects of coffee and improving insulin sensitivity. In turn, people who drink more than 5 coffees per day notice a deterioration of this parameter, which may be related to the fact that too much coffee adversely affects blood pressure.
Sipping a morning cup of coffee, it is worth to enjoy this moment without remorse, knowing that we are supplying many beneficial substances to our body. However, with drinking coffee, as with everything, it is worth to keep healthy sense and moderation, and above all drink it without sugar with the addition of skim milk or vegetable drink enriched with calcium.