I thought there was only one benefit from coffee: It wakes me up. But a health article caught my eye: “30 Incredible Health Benefits Coming from Your Cup of Coffee.” Really?
And a survey showed that 70% of people polled said that “coffee makes them a better person.” Count me in. Each morning I raise my cup to the coffee gods for supplying me with happiness and inspiration.
More Benefits of Coffee:
Could help reduce risk of Alzheimer
Could help protect against dementia
Can give your memory a boost
Could help decrease mental fatigue
Could help make you smarter
Can help improve your reaction time
Can help reduce depression
Can help boost your mood
Could help improve coordination
Could reduce risk of Parkinson’s Disease
Could decrease risk of Multiple Sclerosis
Could help get rid of headaches
Could help reduce risk of heart disease
Could help reduce risk of stroke
Could help reduce risk of diabetes
Could help reduce risk of digestive diseases
Could help reduce gout
Could help reverse liver damage from drinking
Could help reduce risk of liver cancer
Could reduce risk of colon cancer
Could lower risk of prostate cancer
Could reduce risk of melanoma
Could help lower risk of basal cell carcinoma
Could help protect against breast cancer
Could help reduce cavities
Could help prevent gum disease
Coffee could help with erectile dysfunction
Could help increase libido in women
Could help reduce chronic pain
Could help you live longer
Now that’s a superfood.
But wait. Just because coffee is good for you, never overdo it. One motto I live by is: “Everything in moderation, no matter how much I love it.” That includes chocolate cake, croissants, coffee, and French fries.
Whether coffee is made in a percolator or a French press, with packets of gourmet instant coffee or with pods -- caffeine from coffee (not cocoa beans) stimulates the central nervous system that helps you stay awake. It’s highly addictive, and one can overdose if one drinks too much of it.
So, according to the FDA, 400 milligrams of caffeine a day – four cups – is safe (8-oz. cups, that is). To put it into perspective, a 20-oz. Venti Caramel Macchiato translates to 567 milligrams. Yikes.
But humans have been drinking this magical aromatic beverage since ancient times. And magical it is. This morning when Jacqueline poured instant coffee into her mug, she looked down to see that the grounds from coffee beans grown in Kenya landed -- in the shape of a heart.
Was that a nod from the Coffee Gods?
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