Coffee is one of the healthiest beverages. Many people believe it can be harmful simply because in the past drinking a lot of coffee was often linked to a variety of health problems, such as heart attacks, osteoporosis, pancreatic cancer, hypertension, etc. Of course in some cases coffee can cause insomnia, raise blood pressure or cause tremors, and for that reason people often limit their coffee intake.
The truth is, many of us don't even realise how effective coffee can be in preventing a variety of serious illnesses. Coffee appears to offer a great variety of benefits, including substantial protection against liver cirrhosis, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia, tooth decay and a host of common cancers. But a very startling conclusion is that people who drink more coffee appear to live longer than those who drink less or no coffee at all!
How much should we drink then? It varies from a person to a person. As long as your body can tolerate it, there are no negative effects from drinking up to six 8oz cups of coffee a day. Four cups though appears to be safe for most healthy adults, with 2-3 being average.
Coffee can play an important role in protecting the brain. Numerous studies have shown that coffee drinkers may actually significantly reduce risks of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Coffee extracts also lower oxidative stress, which is the underlying cause of ageing. Some researchers found that increasing coffee by more than one cup a day was linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes over a four - year period.
Coffee encourages the cellular recycling process needed to maintain muscle. It also helps muscle regeneration and can slow age - related muscle loss. It boosts glutathione, an important antioxidant, which plays a role in reducing oxidative stress and helps the liver perform its important job of detoxification.
Have you had your cup of coffee yet?