The Good and Bad of Coffee
Mmmm………smelling the aroma of coffee when you wake up in the morning. Almost everybody loves coffee. A cup of coffee in the morning makes you more mentally alert. But coffee can be addictive. Some people drink it throughout the day right to the time they go to sleep. But is coffee good or bad for health? How much coffee is too much for the day? Let’s look at the pros and cons of coffee drinking.
According to research, and contrary to previous beliefs, coffee has antioxidant properties which can help prevent certain types of cancer like liver and colon cancer. The caffeine in coffee help promote alertness and improve wakefulness, but don’t drink coffee close to bedtime. Note also that caffeine can be addictive and suddenly cutting down on coffee drastically can cause withdrawal symptoms like tiredness and irritation and you may find yourself not functioning properly.
Coffee contains Vitamins B2 and B5, and small amounts of calcium and magnesium. Both B2 (riboflavin) and B5 vitamins help to promote healthy skin and break down calories and turn them into energy. Coffee also reduces the risks of heart failure, certain types of cancers, Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
The bad thing about too much coffee is that it may raise anxiety levels. People with blood pressure problems should moderate their coffee consumption. Coffee may also increase the risk of osteoporosis as coffee can cause the loss of calcium which is necessary for healthy bones. Pregnant women should also be aware that too much caffeine can increase the incidence of miscarriage and low weight birth.
Coffee also inhibits the absorption of certain essential nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc and also the B vitamins. Iron is essential for growth and immune system Iron is needed to help form adequate numbers of normal red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia and cause a person to feel weak and tired due to the inadequate oxygen in the body tissues. Magnesium helps to keep the bones strong and helps regulate blood sugar levels and promotes normal blood pressure. B vitamins are important for the proper formation of every cell in your body, particularly nerve cells. It is advised not to drink coffee at least one hour before and after meal.
Coffee increases urination and cause dehydration, causing a person to feel tired. The irony is that the person may start to reach for another cup of coffee to wake up, and the whole cycle of drinking coffee repeats again. One also need to watch out for the amount of sugar added to coffee to counteract the original bitter taste. You should perhaps look into substituting white sugar with a natural sugar substitute like luo han kuo (fructuse momordicae) which is 200 times sweeter than sugar, but with very little calories. In view of the cons of drinking coffee, drink coffee in moderation and at the right time.
Benefits of Green Coffee
Green coffee, which is coffee in its raw form (unroasted), has been found to possess high amounts of chlorogenic acid, a powerful antioxidant that help the body neutralize harmful free radicals. It also helps to reduce anxiety and high blood pressure. The process of roasting coffee beans destroys the chlorogenic acid.
Green coffee has been found to be very effective in promoting weight loss. Chlorogenic acid increases the metabolism rate of the body and help balance blood sugar by inhibiting the release of glucose within the body.