Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health
My morning routine: Wake up. Take a shower. Drink coffee. …and then more coffee.
Benefit #1: Coffee is a drink for the heart.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women over 65 years of age and American women are 4 to 6 times more likely to die of heart disease than of breast cancer. But thanks to the antioxidants in coffee, moderate coffee drinkers (those who consume 1 to 3 cups every day) have lower rates of stroke than non-coffee drinkers.
Benefit #2: Coffee helps regulate blood sugar, boosts our cells sensitivity to insulin, and diverts diabetes.
On the estimated 24 million Americans that have diabetes, about half are women. We can get type 2 diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and when having a baby with birth weight more than 9 pounds. We are at risk for diabetes as we perform our motherhood role! But thanks to coffee, antioxidants like chlorogenic acid and quinides help improve the body’s response to insulin.
Benefit #3: Coffee boosts our brain power.
Coffee has caffeine that boosts concentration and alertness. Studies also have it that drinking 1 to 5 cups of coffee a day may help reduce risks of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. The antioxidants in coffee protect against brain cell damage by helping the neurotransmitters involved in cognitive function to work better.