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Antioxidants in Coffee

Antioxidants in Coffee

A layman's guide to antioxidants in coffee and its numerous benefits - this article contains a list of ways by which coffee benefits our bodies.
Gagan Dhillon
If someone were to stand at Times Square and ask coffee lovers to raise their hand, a whole lot of hands would go up! We early morning junkies owe a lot to the sagacious shepherd who discovered this magical bean. Oh! Just the thought of starting a day without the morning espresso is frightening. This article provides a brief insight into its healing powers and secrets.

We know that this drink is brewed from coffee beans, it was taken from Ethiopia and brought to the rest of the world by the Arabs. What some of us may not know is that it has many antioxidants. In the ancient world, it was considered to have mystical powers. Recent research into this plant has moreover supported the claim that when taken in moderation, it is beneficial for health. It is said that the amount of antioxidants in coffee is four times that in tea. Studies also show that the amount of these nutrients is more than the ones found in green tea, black tea, or cocoa. But health specialists recommend not more than two to three cups a day.

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The antioxidants in coffee are called 'polyphenols'. It also contains flavonoids, proanthocyanidins, stilbenes, lignins, cinnamic acids, coumarins, lignans, and benzoic acids. It has a high level of chlorogenic and caffeic acids, which are considered to be strong compounds. For many people, it can be the only source of these nutrients. Another compound like quinine, increases the body's response to insulin, thus, helping diabetics. It also has a high amount of minerals, like tocopherols and magnesium, which aid in glucose metabolism. Trigonelline, another compound, which attributes to the ever popular whiff of fragrance and the bitter taste, also has antibacterial properties, which prevent dental cavities. The good news is that by roasting the beans from which this drink is prepared, one can increase its antioxidant activity. So, if you want to do so, roast your beans for a longer period of time.

  • It cuts down the risk of liver cancer by almost half.
  • Its existent compounds are beneficial for many ailments, like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Type-2 diabetes.
  • Caffeine acts by stimulating the brain and nervous system. It improves alertness and mental activity.
  • It may also treat headaches and improve concentration.
  • Some studies claim that it helps reduce the tendency to develop depression.
  • It also reduces the risk of gallstone disease and prevents stroke.
  • It helps the liver improve its performance, it prevents the cirrhosis of the liver.
  • It is beneficial for dealing with heartburn and osteoporosis.
It can give an instant jolt to the brain, and kick start detoxification in the body. So whether it is Italian, Irish, organic, or frozen, you get an enchanting aroma packed with some cleansing agents in just a mug of your favorite brew.

Disclaimer: This NutriNeat article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.