Good morning. Today I hope to introduce you to the healthy benefits of coffee and hopefully steer you towards your first (or subsequent) cup of brew. I’ve brought some coffee beans, both ground and whole, so that you can see and smell this wonderful bean. Let’s get started!
Here are several statistics I gathered during my research.According to the 2011 National Coffee Drinking Trends Study (done by the National Coffee Association),40% of adults 18-24 yrs old drink coffee dailyDespite our recent economic downturn, gourmet coffee makes up about 37% of coffee consumed (Starbuck’s, etc.)60% of you here drink coffee! This is above the national average but something tells me this has something to do with looming exams!
So without further adieu, I’m going to get right down to the core of why coffee is so good for you. There are 3 main reasons:Enhanced physical abilitiesDisease PreventionAntioxidants
A study of over 9000 British citizens who were habitual coffee-drinkers was published in the Psychopharmacology Journal. The study demonstrated a positive correlation between coffee-drinking and improved reaction time, memory, and visual thinking. We can also affirm that coffee is a natural energy enhancer, something especially needed at this time of the year. Amen?
Coffee has also been shown to have disease-fighting properties.According to summary reports by WebMD and Mayo Clinic, coffee has been shown to be beneficial in preventing the following diseases.Did you know that coffee can help prevent Parkinson’s disease? Coffee can also help prevent heart disease, as well as your risk of stroke and heart attack? It can also help prevent Type 2 Diabetes, Gallstone disease, and gout.
Another chronic disease that coffee helps to prevent is cancer, including cancer in these organs listed as well as others.While it’s not fully known why coffee helps prevents many of these conditions, many experts, including Frank Hu, a physician and nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, the “whole package” of coffee helps with the disease-fighting process. The antioxidants magnesium, chromium, and other substances found in coffee help our bodies fight these chronic diseases by regulating our system.
The last benefit of coffee that I’d like to talk about today is the antioxidant properties of coffee.Did you know that coffee is one of the best sources of antioxidants in the American diet, providing more antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables?\\According to a BBC radio program, methylpyridinium is an antioxidant found in coffee, but not in many other foods commonly consumed. This antixoxidant is actually formed during the roasting process that our coffee goes through. Different roasting processes provide different amounts, with the greatest yield provided by the espresso brew.
Antioxidants are healthy compounds that reduce free radicals in your body. Free radicals are tiny things inside your body that cause you to age. You might’ve gotten some today if you ate an unhealthy breakfast, smoked a cigarette, or walked behind the shuttle bus as it blew exhaust in your face. As you can see, we come into contact with free radicals all of the time, and the antioxidants in coffee can help to stomp them into oblivion.
Lastly let’s talk about how much coffee you should have each and every day.The recommendation according to Mayo Clinic is 2 to 4 brewed cups of coffee per day, or approximately 200 to 300 mg. Too much coffee can lead to anxiety, “jitters,” sleep depravation, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors. It’s okay to drink decaffeinated if regular coffee gives you these side effects. Most of the same health benefits are provided by regular and decaf coffees.
The next time you’re needing a pick-me-up, instead of going for the energy drinks, consider grabbing a cup of coffee. Your body will thank you.
Coffee: Benefits of the Brew
Coffee Ryan WallaceThe benefits of the brew.
Statistics of Coffee-Drinkers• 40% of 18-24 year olds drink coffee daily• 37% of all coffee consumed is Gourmet coffee• In this class, 60% of you drink coffee