There has been a lot of controversy over the almighty jo and many people are confused as to whether it would be helpful or harmful to include coffee in their daily regimen. There have been a number of studies conducted lately regarding the effect of coffee on our system, and believe it or not- it does have superfood-like qualities!
A study performed by Harvard researchers found that drinking up to six cups has the potential to cut diabetes risk in half! Other studies show that people who drink it are 80 % less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, have a 25% reduced risk of colon cancer, 80% reduced risk of colon cancer, and are 50% less likely to develop gallstones.
Other beneficial properties include fewer asthma attacks, headaches, cavities and elevated mood.
These beneficial boosts to our health are attributed to the compounds discovered in our precious jo. It appears that coffee contains the antioxidants, chlorogenic acid and tocopherols. Trigonelline is another compound in coffee that gives it its bitter taste and contains antibacterial properties. The caffeine in coffee can also enhance our athletic ability by causing our muscles to make stronger contractions, which in turn helps us to burn fat more efficiently. The downside however is that drinking coffee may cause you to ignore fatigue and your body’s natural cry for relaxation.
If we choose to ignore these signs and continue to drink down the “jo” –day in and day out– we may end up with what’s known as chronic fatigue syndrome due to exhausted adrenal glands.
Possible Coffee Con’s
If you suffer from anxiety, drinking jo can exacerbate symptoms and may cause more frequent panic attacks. This reaction is very individual so if you find that coffee causes nervousness, rapid heartbeat or trembling, you may want to start decreasing your intake to prevent such reactions.
Coffee also takes between 3-6 hours to get out of our system depending on your genetic predisposition to metabolize caffeine.
If you have problems getting enough sleep, you may want to limit your intake to a morning cup if at all. In addition, unfiltered may also increase cholesterol levels in some people. Other folks that should limit or avoid caffeine include certain heart patients, pregnant or nursing women, and people at risk for osteoporosis since caffeine intake has been shown to attribute to calcium loss in the urine.
There are pros and cons to everything, so depending on your current state of health and what issues you are dealing with, it may or may not be the "right" superfood for you!
How to start LIVING FRESH when it comes to drinking coffee:
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