Coffee Drinker Rejoice: How To Drink Your Way To A Healthy Body

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Can’t start the day without a cup (or two) of joe? Coffee has been getting a bad rap over the years, mostly due to misinformation floating about caffeine, one of its major compounds. We’re here to set the record straight! Did you know that your favorite AM drink has a lot of health benefits?

Coffee not only minimizes the risk of developing certain cancers because it’s packed with antioxidants, it also a mood booster and it could decrease the risk of depression and anxiety. Here’s are great reasons why you should drink coffee each day:

Going For Regular Coffee

According to studies, regular coffee is a great source of antioxidant known as chlorogenic acid. chlorogenic acid is a natural compound present in both green and roasted coffee. Decaffeinated coffee contains less of this compound, which is why if you want to maximize your chlorogenic acid intake, choose regular coffee.

In a 2011 study by Harvard, female coffee drinkers who regularly drink four cups of coffee may day minimizes their chances of developing endometrial cancer 25%. Those who drinks 3 cups of caffeinated java per day cut down their chances of developing basal-cell carcinoma by 20%. But a word of caution, if you irritable bowel syndrome or any other GI issues, stick to your decaf.

Don’t Add Non-Dairy Creamer

Although regular coffee packs a lot of antioxidants, adding nondairy creamer to coffee actually inhibits the efficient absorption of these compounds to the body, this according to a Swiss study. In addition, because most coffee creamers contain hydrogenated oils, it is full of trans fat that increases the chance of developing heart diseases. Can’t have your coffee without a little cream? We recommend adding cow’s milk, almond milk or soymilk to your coffee as alternative to nondairy creamer.

Filter Your Coffee

If you’re using an espresso pot or love French press, make sure you don’t drink brewed coffee without filtering the liquid with a paper filter. Why? Brewed coffee contains an oily residue known as cafestol. Cafestol increases the levels of LDL cholesterol in coffee. LDL cholesterol is linked to developing various heart diseases. Without a paper filter, you could be consuming a concentrated amount of cofestol. So if you love your French press, consider pouring your brewed coffee through a paper filter and into a cup or limit your French press consumption.

Coffee For Better Cardiovascular Health

If you’re serious about fitness then you know how important it is to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.  And drinking an average of two cups of coffee per day can actually enhance your cardiovascular health!

According to a Japanese research, drinking just one or two cups of coffee per day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease-related death. The study that includes 76,000 participants, the research concluded that men who consume an average of one or two cups of coffee daily minimized their risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease by about 38%.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should stop all your cardio exercises in place of drinking copious amounts of coffee each day but it’s good to know you’re getting a lot of help from a cuppa joe.

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