HEALTH WATCH: The Magic Behind Coffee and Why it Should Be a Lifestyle
By Space Coast Daily // November 12, 2018
Drinking coffee daily is good for the heart
Ever wondered what’s truly inside that Starbucks coffee cup or your favorite coffee ground?
Well, this is something any coffee lover would have pondered on while enjoying a cup of coffee; either at the table during breakfast or while working in front of a computer. What’s makes the coffee special and why should you enjoy a warm cup every now and then?
The main reason why most people love to have coffee is due to the fact that it is packed with a good amount of caffeine and zero to no amount of calories which helps in weight loss and improves the health. What most people don’t know is that the roasted coffee bean they see is actually obtained from a plant.
While a lot of people may find it difficult to spot a coffee plant, some others can be able to differentiate the taste between the two common varieties of coffee plant known as Arabica and Robusta.
A little history on coffee
It will be wrong to talk about the coffee drink, without giving a little bit of history on the plant. According to the guys at Daily Cupo, the coffee plant traces its origin to the tropical parts of Africa, mainly Sudan and Ethiopia. With time, the plant found its way into parts of Mauritius, Madagascar, and area around the Indian Ocean.
The plant is now been cultivated in more than 70 countries around the world. The plant was first brewed into drink during the 15th century in parts of southern Arabia, Yemen to be specific.
The drink gained more popularity around the 16th century in parts of North Africa, Turkey, and Persia from where it later spread to other parts of the world.
Preparing the seeds into the roasted coffee
Once the seeds (berries) have been harvested from the plants, they undergo a form of processing which could either be the dry or wet method. The flesh of the berry is then removed and the seed is fermented after which it is washed and then dried.
After drying, the seeds are then roasted and this helps to improve the taste of the drink. The coffee grounds are then stored in a tight container to maintain its flavor and freshness.
Is coffee the most popular drink in the world?
Some of you would probably agree that water is the most popular drink in the world, but a lot of people will be quick to add coffee as the second most common drink anywhere in the world.
The drink which usually occurs in a Black, dark and light brown and sometimes beige color is enjoyed by all race, religion and both the poor and rich. Also, the drink is consumed by both vegans and non-vegans, making it the least discriminated beverage compared to beer and the rest alcohol.
The benefits of Coffee
The coffee plant occurs naturally and there are no chemical additives included in its processing which is why it is a highly recommended drink for healthy adults. There are a handful of benefits that come with each cup of coffee apart from the refreshing taste and feel that you normally experience. Here are some good reasons to drink coffee,
1. Acts as a pain relief
Coffee helps to aid pains associated with workouts and muscle injury.
2. Reduces the risk of type 2 Diabetes
Each cup of coffee consumed daily helps to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. In a publication conducted by a Harvard Researcher, it was discovered that Decaf coffee reduces the risk faster with a 6% margin with each cup.
3. Lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
It is believed that coffee plays a major role in reducing the risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Drinking coffee daily is good for the heart
In a study conducted by Korean researchers, it was discovered that people who drank up to 5 cups of coffee daily were less likely to suffer from heart disease.
5. Coffee helps to strengthen DNA
In an article published in the European Journal of Nutrition, it is believed that people who drink coffee regularly tend to have stronger DNA due to the fact that their white blood cells undergo less breakage compared to non-coffee drinkers.
6. Coffee helps to reduce the risk of cancer
Taking up to 3 cups of coffee a day has been known to reduce the risk of liver cancer by 29%, which is the most common type of cancer.
7. Improves lifespan
There have been a number of publications that support the claim that coffee helps to lower the risk of death from heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases that can lead to premature death.
8. Reduces depression and improves mental alertness.
The caffeine found in coffee plays an important role in improving the cognitive functions and the central nervous system which helps to improve mood and productivity. “Ever wondered why it is favorite beverage of the workplace? Now you know why.”
How many cups of coffee should you take a day?
“This is one common question among us coffee lovers; we find it hard to stay within the prescribed dosage.”
The recommended cups of coffee that you need to have daily for a healthy lifestyle is 3 cups of freshly brewed coffee. It is advisable not to make it a habit of consuming more than 5 cups of coffee on a daily.
Why you should Make Coffee a lifestyle.
Aside from the many benefits of coffee listed above, it is important that you know that coffee addiction is a lot healthier compared to cigarette smoking. It is a common belief that a few sticks of cigarette a day does more damage to your heart compared to a few cups of coffee which actually improves your physical and mental health.
In conclusion, whatever brand of coffee you choose to settle for, it is important that you ensure that it is freshly brewed and from a reputable beverage house.
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