How Healthy Is Your Coffee?

By Ann Hills / a couple of months ago
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Many people have, over the years, preferred coffee over tea and other beverages, even though coffee has been associated with many cases of illness and shortcomings such as heart diseases and even in worst cases cancer. Coffee addiction is thought to be as serious as that of cigarette smoking. Strangely, coffee addiction is increasingly becoming a problem just like alcohol addiction, gambling, masturbation, and other vices. Researchers, though, have published articles relieving it of this blames and has dimmed coffee to have great health advantages so a cup of coffee in the morning has proven more than just a boost of your energy.

The researchers state that it helps in lowering the risks of diabetes and prone liver disease.

For coffee lovers, there is light at the end of the tunnel as coffee has more benefits than disadvantages, which include: prevention against type 2 diabetes, liver disease, liver cancer, healthy heart, and Parkinson's disease.

Liver cancer

Young people are the majority of coffee consumers and are most likely the population that benefits from these advantages of coffee. Coffee consumption lowers the risk, by 45%, of contracting liver cancer and since the younger population takes more coffee a day than older people, probably 7 cups, their risk of getting liver cancer is reduced by 55% which is a relief. This was according to Italian research. Coffee is there recommended since it is good for your liver.          

Diabetes

Drinking coffee in high quantities increases plasma levels of protein sex hormone-binding globulin (SBHG) which normally controls the activities of the body's sex hormones, testosterone, and estrogen, which take part in the formation of type 2 diabetes. You can prevent or reduce the chances of getting type 2 diabetes by increasing the levels of coffee consumed; this is supported by researchers at UCLA. Words of the lead author, DR. Simian Liu of the research note that there is an inverse correlation between coffee consumption and the chances of getting type 2 diabetes.    

Parkinson's disease

In a research carried out by US researchers, the higher an individual consumes coffee and caffeine the lower the chances of getting the Parkinson's disease. Caffeine in coffee also helps control movement in people with Parkinson's disease

Liver disease

The reduced risk of primary sclerosis cholangitis (PSC) is associated with high and regular coffee consumption.  PSC is a rare disease of the bile ducts in an individual's liver. Alcohol users can also be relieved since coffee consumption also lowers the risks of liver cirrhosis by 24% since there is an ingredient in coffee that protects against cirrhosis especially those that are related to alcohol intakes. This reduces deaths from liver cirrhosis if and only if an alcohol drinker takes three or more cups a day. These benefits, however, are not associated with caffeine content on the coffee, but are obtained by taking in decaf coffee.

Heart health

Consuming coffee in controlled levels protects against heart failure, excessive consumption of coffee results in heart disease, this is so normal in people who take more than 3-4 cups of coffee daily.

There are possible benefits of taking coffee daily, but just like the other things we consume it all comes down to one fact; how much coffee an individual takes in a day. While health practitioners will rarely recommend a certain amount of coffee for intake, it boils down to how much you feel will be optimum for your body. A lot of other factors will come into play when determining this. Do statistics show that over 300 billion cups are taken every single year, which leads to the question, is it really safe to take the coffee into our bodies? Does it affect your healthy living as an individual?

Premature death, reduction of mortality, protection against colorectal cancer, lower risk of multiple sclerosis and protection against liver cirrhosis (alcohol related) are some of the other debated benefits of consuming coffee daily.  

There are various types of coffee in the markets and we take a particular interest in the following type.

Coffee Bean

Coffee Bean

What is organic coffee?

This is a type of coffee, which is grown without the use of either pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Organic coffee grows on land and it, therefore, has enough time to detoxify. 


There are no genetically modified organisms used whatsoever, it is processed and packaged with no chemical in the mix.

1. Shade-grown

This type of coffee is mostly planted in rainforests.  Its growth is slow but it brings forth a tastier and flavored breed, it is no match for its counterpart as its taste is more superior.

2. Bird-friendly coffee

The only difference that exists between the shade-grown coffee and bird-friendly coffee it preserves the natural habitat of birds.

3. Decaffeinated coffee

This type of coffee has its caffeine content removed.

4. Green coffee

This type of coffee is obtained from plants that are grown organically. They are obtained from raw coffee beans that are yet to be roasted. In the processing of this coffee, no chemicals are used.       

Benefits

The fact that this type of coffee is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers means that it does not contain any of its harmful toxins in it. Except for the reason that it contains caffeine in it this coffee is very good for improving your health. Chances of getting even liver cirrhosis are now more reduced due to its lack of toxins in it hence more recommended than regular coffee. 

This type of coffee nevertheless should not be taken excessively as it also contains caffeine that is not good for your health if high volumes of it accumulate in the body, it should be taken in moderation also. It has benefits related to the environment also that is; since growing them does not need the use of synthetic chemicals it does not pollute the environment, hence the most recommended.

In conclusion, coffee has its benefits and demerits. When taken excessively cause various health disorientations but when also taken moderately or when its consumption is controlled, then coffee builds various parts of our bodies like the liver and even the heart. One also needs to take care not to be addicted as its disadvantages are vast.

About the author

Ann Hills

My name is Ann Hills and I am a food blogger and a yoga teacher. When I was a child, I often got around my mother and watched her cooking in our kitchen. My mom always says to me that: “Kitchen is the heart of any home”. I strongly believe in her saying that’s reason why I prefer spending my money to make my home better than other stuff.

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