Coffee if the most consumed beverage in the world. Though coffee sometimes gets a bad reputation because of the caffeine it contains; the truth is coffee contains more disease fighting antioxidants than even fruit and vegetables!
The human body needs antioxidants. Antioxidants have been proven to help fight chronic diseases. In some patients, antioxidants were credited with the treatment and sometimes reversal of many horrific illnesses and diseases.
Here are some antioxidants that are in the coffee you drink:
- Pantothenic Acid (which is Vitamin B5)
Pantothenic Acid (B5) help the body change food into fuel, this is how the body produces energy. It helps the body use carbohydrates, fats and the protein we consume. Pantothenic Acid helps produce healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver and helps the nervous system function correctly.
- Riboflavin (which is B2)
Riboflavin (B2) helps your body break down calories. It helps your body to produce red blood cells which assist in carrying oxygen to the other parts of the body. Riboflavin is proven to help produce healthy skin and vision.
- Niacin (B3)
Many studies have shown that Niacin (B3) helps lower cardiovascular risk and lower cholesterol. However this should be taken in moderation. Excessive consumption of Niacin can cause liver damage and has been linked to artery hardening. However in eight ounces of coffee, you get only 2% of the recommended daily allowance so in coffee consumption it is very good for you.
- Thiamine (B1)
Thiamine is called the anti-stress antioxidant. It does this by strengthening the immune system. This assists the body during stressful situations. Balance is the key. Too much caffeine can cause nervousness.
Potassium is important to assist the heart muscle to pump blood through the body. It aides in muscle contraction and helps prevent muscle cramps, in the leg for example.
Manganese is required by the body in order to grow and be healthy. It helps your body break down fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.
Coffee can help prevent, skin cancer, diabetes, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancer, oral cancer, liver cancer and depression.
Of course the results are based on black coffee. Obviously adding sugar, flavorings, milk, cream, whipped creams and alcohol changes the coffee. Though the antioxidants are still present you could offset them. It is recommended to consume one to three, eight (8) ounce cups of coffee per day.
All Vitamins B are water soluble. This means they are not stored in the body. Therefore it is important to replenish the vitamin B levels daily. Coffee contains all these wonderful antioxidants and minerals.
Of course one must be careful to not consume too much coffee as it contains caffeine as well. But in moderation, the positive effects of the world’s favorite drinks may be just what the doctor ordered.