Having in mind it’s popularity around the world, coffee is the most readily available source of antioxidants in the global food chain. Even though large amounts aren’t recommended to everyone, for some of us it can be the super food of the century.
The maxim by which every nutritionist goes by has been said by Hippocrates thousands of years ago: Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
When we read that commandment of healthy living, first we think of lots of fruit, oatmeal, healthy cornflakes and food which is good for our body but not very tasty.
But what about coffee, the powerful source of antioxidants? Here’s four reasons why it’s good to start the day with a cup of coffee.
1. Can reduce risk of death
We all die in the end, but seems that coffee lengthens the lifespan of people with special chronic conditions, like heart problems and diabetes. A study from 2012 has shown that three or more cups of coffee, regardless if it’s caffeinated, can increase your lifespan.
2. Helps our reproductive system
Men who drink at least six cups of coffee a day, reduce prostate cancer risk by 20%, as a 2011 study has shown. Other study shows women who drink more than four cups of coffee a day have 25 percent less risk to develop endometrial carcinogen.
3. Protects your brain
Those who drink coffee will probably stave off development of Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a study from 2009. The smell of coffee, as researches show, helps lower the stress from sleeplessness.
4. Can help strengthen muscles and DNA
A study published in the magazine “Cell Metabolism” has shown that caffeine has similar effect to our muscles as exercise, i.e. helps build muscle. Of Course that doesn’t suggest you quit working out.
Consuming coffee in large amounts isn’t for everyone: It should be avoided by pregnant women, and women going through artificial insemination, as well as those fighting insomnia or depression.