Simple Ways to Stay Healthy

The Health Benefits of Coffee

By, Valerie Lull, MH

The health benefits of coffee seems to have come to the forefront in research on foods. Most of the research seems to show that coffee is healthy in moderation.

Some of the things coffee may help are:

  • Coffee improves liver health
  • Contains nutrients
  • Contains antioxidants
  • Reduces risk of getting type 2 diabetes
  • Improves mood and brain power
  • Speeds up your metabolism so you burn more calories and aids in weight loss
  • Helps prevent certain cancers
  • Coffee drinkers live 3-5 years longer than non-coffee drinkers
Having said that, don’t start downing pots and pots of coffee. There are some cautions about taking your coffee.
  1. Don’t drink more than 2 cups a day, 3 at the most. More than that is detrimental.
  2. Don’t drink coffee if you are pregnant
  3. Coffee is best if taken black with nothing in it.
  4. Dark roast is better than light roast
  5. Use pure water
  6. Stay away from sugar, sugar substitutes and artificial creamers
  7. If using a coffee machine use unbleached filters. The bleached ones have been bleached with chlorine which is not good for you.
  8. Use organic coffee. Regular coffee is sprayed heavily with pesticides.
If you must have something in your coffee here are a few ideas. Use Stevia or honey instead of sugar. These are natural sweeteners. For flavor you can use coconut oil, cinnamon or raw cocoa.
Sources:
Castleman, Michael, The New Healing Herbs, 2009, Rodale, 164-173.
Merritt MA, Tzoulaki I, Tworoger SS, De Vivo I, et al. “Investigation of Dietary Factors and Endometrial Cancer Risk Using a Nutrient-wide Association Study Approach in the EPIC and Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and NHSII.” Cancer Epidemoiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Feb;24(2):466-71

Be sure to check out my web site at www.valerielull.com

Valerie Lull
Author
Ten Healthy Teas
Valerie@valerielull.com

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I am a master herbalist and I write a blog about general health and wellness. I discuss herbs, natural remedies and nutrition.

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