Published: 01/28/2015 - Updated: 12/29/2017
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Enjoying a cup of coffee can not only produce an exquisite taste on your palate and a light warming throughout the body if you’re cold and your blood pressure is low. Studies have also confirmed that this delicious bean can even prevent the appearance of such severe diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Far from being a harmful beverage, coffee possesses truly healthy components that make it highly recommendable. Just one cup provides the body with elements like magnesium, potassium and fluoride.
Antioxidants in Coffee
The most impressive of all, however, are its antioxidants, which is where it gets its strength to face and prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
According to experts, people that drink coffee are five times less likely to become ill with these diseases than those that don’t drink it.
In old age
Some doctors recommend not drinking more than four or five cups of coffee a day, according to a study performed by the Karolinska Institute in Switzerland. They deduced that some 1,400 mature men that have drank between 3 and 5 cups of coffee daily for more than two decades, would be 65% less likely to develop both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in old age.
The cause of these good news is related to more than just the presence of antioxidants, as mentioned before. This also has to do with caffeine. Some say that this element is capable of reducing the formation of starch-rich plaque in the brain, which are observable when Alzheimer’s is present.
Drinking coffee can also help improve concentration and memory. It could even increase physical and mental performance. You already know not to go overboard though, because coffee can lead to nervousness.
Because not everyone reacts the same to one single stimulant, coffee is not good for everyone, especially is you’re consuming more than 4 cups. Some people feel a light headache or stomach ache with coffee, or become nauseated.
According to Roland Griffiths, of the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, a few cups of coffee a day are good for improving moods. Mental and physical achievement is also better than those that don’t drink coffee.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 12/29/2017
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