Coffee smells delicious, definitely tastes good and is great for waking us up in the morning. But did you know there are health benefits when you drink coffee regularly?
- Coffee is a huge source of antioxidants. In fact, studies have found that it contains more anti-oxidants than most fruits and vegetables.
- Coffee lowers risks of developing liver cancer and colorectal cancer. Studies have found that coffee drinkers have 40% lower risk of liver cancer, and 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
- In a Harvard study published in 2011, women who drank 4 or more cups per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed.
- Coffee protects the liver from cirrhosis. Studies have found that people who drink 4 or more cups of coffee per day have 80% less chances of developing cirrhosis.
- Studies have found that coffee drinkers have 32-60% lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease. People who drank decaf did not have the same lower risk so scientists believe that caffeine is the cause.
- Coffee seems to offer protection against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A study found that coffee drinkers had 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease
- It reduces the risk of developing Type II diabetes as has been proven in a study.
- Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink. A single cup of coffee contains:
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
- Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.
- Coffee has been proven many times to be an aid in burning fat. Some studies found that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat, by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people.
How to Select Coffee BeansGreat coffee begins on the farm. Great land, good plants, caring farmers and great processing all combine to make great coffee. There is very strong evidence that more sustainable agricultural practices produce high quality coffee. Therefore, look for coffee that can be traced back to particular farms/cooperatives and roasters who pay the farmers good money for high quality.The quality of roasted coffee declines very fast therefore choose beans that have just been roasted and buy enough for a fortnight. After that period the quality deteriorates.If you can, buy organic coffee. The farmers carefully nurture their coffee plants to make sure that there is no need to use pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Organic farming increases the cost of production and it is only sustainable if the farmers can sell their produce at high prices. Great coffee roasters will pay a premium for such high-quality coffee to keep the organic farmers in business and to satisfy the people who appreciate it. It is from such roasters who practice fair trade that you should purchase your coffee.