Guest Post: Health Benefits of Coffee

[ 4 ] April 25, 2011 |

When someone asks me what my favorite drink is there’s no hesitation or pondering, coffee is without a doubt the drink for me.

Whether I’m out and about or at home, every morning at around 11 o’clock coffee is brewed or purchased and sit back, relax and enjoy every last drop. I always order the largest one I can get and if I’m at home I use my special over-sized mug. Used only for coffee and only by me, it sits on the shelf looking pretty, waiting to perform its daily duty.

I was recently told coffee has health benefits, which was good to hear given that usually we are informed that coffee isn’t good for you. Of course for every person claiming coffee can have positive effects on your cardio system, there’s someone else saying too much increases your risk of coronary heart disease. On the one hand we are told too much coffee causes cancer and on the other we are now being told that the antioxidants contained in coffee actually help prevent some cancers.

I’m enjoying the fact that coffee is getting a new reputation. There are studies which suggest drinking coffee can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Other coffee loving scientists have carried out research which shows that the chances of developing cirrhosis of the liver are diminished by regular coffee drinking. Asthma suffers can also benefit from the caffeine contained in coffee.

It turns out that the feeling of increased alertness we get when we drink coffee is down to the type of antioxidant it contains – polyphenols. I can’t begin to explain the science behind it but after a coffee our brains work more effectively. All this ties in to other research which indicates there is a link between coffee drinking and decreased chances of developing Parkinson’s disease, dementia and other age related brain problems.

So it seems we can feel a bit less guilty about our passion for coffee, as it appears that coffee machines are the source of unexpected health benefits as well as our favorite drink.

*Post contributed from the Caffe Society

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Cari says:

    Amen. Can’t live without my coffee.

  2. Johnna says:

    You know I can’t…Starbucks should be called StarJohnna. lol…

  3. Wyatt says:

    We were doing some research and came across this article – and it was good to see someone looking at the positive health benefits of coffee! In moderation, coffee can be good for you, and there are all sorts of studies and evidence to show this now – well done for championing the cause!

  4. Thanks for sharing your love for coffee and the benefits that goes with it. Indeed coffee is very helpful but at the end of the day, we still need to be careful not to drink too much coffee and live in moderation as too much of everything is never really good.

    –Jeff Morgan–

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