Happy National Coffee Day ( a day late! 😉 )
Many people bash coffee as a wellness no-no, but I take a different approach. I think coffee, in moderation, is gold for your health- specifically black gold. I drink 2-5 cups a day, but the recommended dose is lower ( 2-3 cups a day.) I have very low blood pressure, which can make me feel sluggish and depressed, so coffee helps me both mentally and physically. Sometimes when I’m feeling depressed, I drink coffee and instantly feel better. ( Keep that in mind when you browse the studies below…) Coffee also gives me a much needed boost in creativity and significantly enhances my ability to focus. I’m a runner and struggle with asthma ( now mild) so I drink black coffee before long runs, because it is a bronchodilator. That means it helps open our longs and makes it easier to breathe. We all have to figure out the right dose of coffee for ourselves- most likely through a lot of trial and error.
Here are ten healthy gems about coffee that you may not have been aware of. All studies were recent publications, unless otherwise stated:
2. Coffee lowers the risk of oral, pharynx, liver, colon, prostate, endometrial cancer and melanoma. ( Although it was shown to increase the risk of lung cancer, which might not actually be the case: My speculation is that people who smoke also drink a lot of coffee, so smoking confounded the relationship.)
5. Spent coffee grounds protect the skin against the aging effects of UVB-radiation ( This is why I always save my coffee grounds and use them on my face!!! You don’t need to drop tons of $$$$ on skin products)
Click on any of the links above to explore the studies further. Or memorize the above facts and recite them at your next brunch. You’ll look smart. 😉