For most of my life I’ve never really been a coffee drinker.
As a matter of fact, I’m not sure what the owner of a café & coffee shop thought of me recently after telling her I really had no idea what an espresso shot would be if she did add it to my decaf coffee! Ha ha!
After all, more than 50% Americans say they drink coffee every day. I just never thought about drinking coffee when most people added sugar or artificial sweeteners. In the past coffee would make me jittery and, well, hyper would be an understatement. So for years it wasn’t on my list to add to my life.
The good news is that I have found that organic coffee is actually good for you and I like that I can blend the coffee beans in my blender.
So what are those new emerging health benefits?
From what I’ve researched coffee beans are actually a high-antioxidant food and helps reduce inflammation.
The following is a list of health benefits of coffee I’ve found in my research:
1. Improved heart health
2. Cancer protection
3. Diabetes protection
4. Increase energy and concentration
5. Improved asthma control
6. Ability to fight depression
7. Increase in physical performance
8. Protection against neurodegenerative diseases
Research shows that coffee is a natural anti-aging beverage, with potentially more antioxidant activity than cocoa or even some forms of tea leaves.
Of course of you are pregnant or have other medical conditions you need to check with your medical doctor as to whether or not you should drink coffee at all, and how much.
Some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others and experience adverse reactions, such as increased anxiety, nervousness, and sleep related problems.
During the roasting process caffeine can be released from the bean, so a darker roast coffee generally has less caffeine, which may be a better option for someone with a caffeine sensitivity.
Always drink organic
If you do drink coffee, or are considering drinking it in moderation, always drink organic coffee as coffee is one of the most contaminated crops grown in the world. I have found several coffee shops and restaurants are now offering organic coffee and you can find organic coffee beans in a health store near you.
In summation, coffee and tea are loaded with anti-oxidants. Although there is much debate on whether coffee’s benefits outweigh its negative side-effects, almost every scientific reference on the subject suggests that coffee’s active ingredients might actually contribute to the prevention of chronic diseases.
So do the research yourself and keep in mind how your body reacts to drinking caffeinated coffee.
How I drink coffee
Coffee is something I have added to my diet, but I only drink organic and I never add artificial sweeteners or sugar. I also blend organic caffeinated coffee with decaf coffee, so that I don't get jittery or over stimulated.
One way I love to add health benefits to my coffee is to add raw milk, usually the cream if available, organic coconut oil, and 100% Pure Maple Syrup.
Do you enjoy coffee?
Leave me a comment and let me and everyone else know how you drink your coffee and what your experience has been!
All the best!
Elk Mountain Market, LLC