Perks of Your Morning Coffee


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — The U.S. is the leading country when it comes to coffee consumption. Statistics show around 150 million Americans are coffee drinkers. Now, new research reveals this simple habit may be very beneficial to your health in more ways than one. Ivanhoe explains about morning coffee.

If coffee is part of your morning routine, you’re not alone. Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee a day!

“Coffee to me is just enjoyable. Like I love coffee. It’s actually a part of my self-care,” shared Ashley Hinds, Registered Dietitian.

This popular beverage is also known to supply energy, improve alertness, and increase concentration. And research shows it might do even more …

“There are some studies that show a lot of actually nutrition benefits to coffee,” continued Hinds.

In a new study from Europe, investigators looked at more than 460 thousand participants. They found drinking up to three cups of coffee a day was associated with a 21 percent lower risk of stroke, a 17 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and a 12 percent lower risk of death from all causes! But experts say you should also be aware of the side effects.

“Caffeine can actually increase our anxiety and it can disrupt our sleep cycle,” explained Hinds.

Generally, experts say up to five cups a day is safe for most people. So, drink up and enjoy the health benefits of your daily brew.

Coffee is also loaded with nutrients including vitamin B-2, vitamin B-5, vitamin B-3, and manganese and potassium. Studies show for people who eat a standard western diet, coffee might be one of the healthiest parts of it.

Contributors to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; and Roque Correa, Editor.

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BACKGROUND: Coffee comes from trees that are pruned short to conserve their energy and aid in harvesting. They can grow to more than 30 feet high. Each tree is covered with green, waxy leaves growing opposite each other in pairs, and coffee cherries grow along the branches. As the tree grows in a continuous cycle, it can produce flowers, green fruit and ripe fruit simultaneously on a single tree. Proper care can maintain and even increase their output over the years, depending on the variety. The average coffee tree produces 10 pounds of coffee cherry per year, or 2 pounds of green beans. The ideal conditions for coffee trees to thrive are found around the world in along the Equatorial zone called “The Bean Belt”. Trees grow best in rich soil, with mild temperatures, frequent rain and shaded sun.


BENEFITS OF DRINKING COFFEE: Recent research provides solid evidence that drinking coffee has a variety of health benefits. Drinking around 2 to 5 cups a day is linked to a lower likelihood of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver and endometrial cancers, Parkinson’s disease, and depression. Early studies linked coffee to diseases ranging from heart disease and asthma because many participants in those studies also smoked. This led researchers to think that coffee was responsible for the adverse effects that are now linked with cigarettes. Not much is known about the effects of coffee on children, and caffeine can be harmful to pregnancies. Too much caffeine can also cause anxiety in people with panic or anxiety disorders. For those who drink coffee, experts suggest brewing it with a paper filter, because unfiltered coffee is associated with higher rates of early death, and can contain compounds that raise levels of LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol. They also advise not going overboard with added cream or sugar.


STUDY SHOWS TOO MUCH COFFEE IS HARMFUL: New research from the University of South Australia reveals that too much coffee could be dragging us down, especially when it comes to brain health. Researchers found that high coffee consumption is associated with smaller total brain volumes and an increased risk of dementia. Conducted at UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health at SAHMRI, the study assessed the effects of coffee on the brain among 17,702 UK participants (aged 37-73), finding that those who drank more than six cups of coffee a day had a 53 percent increased risk of dementia. Senior investigator and Director of UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health, Professor Elina Hyppönen, says, “This research provides vital insights about heavy coffee consumption and brain health, but as with many things in life, moderation is the key.” While the exact mechanisms are not known, one simple thing we can do is to keep hydrated and remember to drink some water alongside that cup of coffee.


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