The Health Benefits Of Drinking Coffee

You may not know it but the cup of coffee you take every morning with your toast actually does your body a lot of good.

In 2005, the University of Scranton released the results of a study showing that coffee is the number 1 source of anti-oxidants in the American diet. Anti-oxidants are components in your food that serve as your body’s defense against diabetes, cancer, stroke and other heart diseases. It is known to control free radicals that cause cell damage in the body, slowing the ageing process and resulting in a longer life span.

Some studies have also shown that coffee intake resulted in increased alertness and information processing by as much as 10%. Additional studies show that coffee results in decreased depression, anxiety and generally uplifts the mood of the drinker.

Still these benefits should not be incentive enough to take too much coffee. Coffee is known to raise blood pressure so try to spread out your intake within the day. If you must take a lot of coffee, choose decaf as the study also shows that both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee contain the same amount of anti-oxidants. If you have high blood pressure, it is best to cut down on your intake.


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