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The Benefits of Drinking Coffee by Carlie Jones

Over 50% of Americans start their day with a cup of Joe.  A great deal of scientific research has uncovered numerous health benefits associated with this popular beverage.  So wake up and smell the coffee and read below for the new found discoveries that have been brewing around the world’s most popular drink.

One of the most striking insights related to regular coffee consumption is its remarkable preventative capabilities. More specifically, coffee has been linked to delay the onset of (but not limited to) type 2 diabetes, cirrhosis, and Parkinson’s disease. These are some of America’s most pressing health issues, and for that reason it is groundbreaking to learn that even just a single cup a day could help prevent and or lesson the symptoms of these major diseases.

It is also interesting to note that Americans receive more antioxidants through their coffee drinking habits than any other source. This drink is full of these cancer-fighting substances that also work to sustain not only physical but mental wellness. Moreover, antioxidants assist in the production of neurotransmitters which release “feel good” chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine. For this reason, coffee functions as a natural and mild antidepressant. It is important to underscore that this beneficial effect of coffee is due to the bean itself, not the caffeine-so Coca Cola and Red Bull for example would not provide the same advantage. On the contrary, it has been linked to depression and cancer-causing agents. Furthermore, coffee has been shown to improve both mental and athletic productivity as it helps to keep the brain alert and focused.

Before you rush to Starbucks to celebrate the good news with a steaming cup of their House Blend, one must understand that not all coffee is created equal. Like in the case of fruits and vegetables, more coffee than ever is being mass produced, meaning it is dosed with pesticides and other toxic material. This is not only detrimental to the human body, but also to the many independent farmers that harvest coffee beans in areas such as Costa Rica and Peru. To avoid this, be sure to buy only organic coffee and to limit/stop the use of artificial sweeteners.  Some healthy alternatives include raw honey and organic maple syrup. These measures help to preserve all the amazing and natural benefits that come from enjoying a cup of coffee or two a day.

The web resources I used include:

1)      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/17/coffee-health-benefits_n_4102133.html

2)      http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/artificial-sweetners-unhealthy-eco.htm

 
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