Caffeine and health

2017-11-21 06:01
Coffee can be good for your health.PHOTO: sourced

Coffee can be good for your health.PHOTO: sourced

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INDEPENDENT research by scientists worldwide continue to link coffee to significant healthful properties.

Coffee has a naturally complex botanical profile, with at least 1 000 natural compounds in the bean (including caffeine) and another 300 created in the roasting process. Scientists have linked a number of them, including some strong antioxidants, with a host of physiological benefits.

RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT MODERATE COFFEE CONSUMPTION (OR 3-5 CUPS DAILY) MAY BE ASSOCIATED WITH MANY POSITIVE EFFECTS, INCLUDING:

• liver disease prevention;

• improved cognitive function in older adults;

• sharper memory;

• increased athletic endurance;

• reduced risk of type 2 diabetes; and

• longevity

Due to the increasing scientific evidence, coffee has earned a new – and improved – reputation. The latest U.S. dietary guidelines recently made an unprecedented recommendation for coffee as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Caffeine buzz

Many of these potential benefits are associated with caffeine, a naturally occurring stimulant found in coffee beans. The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee can vary, depending on factors ranging from the type of bean to how it’s brewed.

Caffeinated coffee affects individuals differently, based on heredity, body weight, gender, metabolism - there are “fast caffeine metabolisers” versus slow ones - and coffee drinking habits.

While coffee has come to be closely associated with caffeine, today consumers can choose from a variety of caffeinated and decaffeinated options.

- www.ncausa.org/Health-Caffeine

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