Benefits of Coffee – But Keep it Under Control

Benefits of Coffee - But Keep it Under Control
Benefits of Coffee - But Keep it Under Control

Coffee was originally mixed with fat and eaten rather than brewed into a beverage.  Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee. Here is some breaking news “Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Risk of Overall Death, Study Shows.” A study published May 2012 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that java drinkers are less likely to die from several common health conditions, including heart disease, stroke,diabetes, accidents and infections than non-coffee drinkers are. Studies are also showing a reduced risk for diabetes, Alzheimer’s and some cancers.

What is in coffee that can reduce the risk of diabetes?   It is Chlorogenic acid and it is one of the main caffeic acids found in this beverage that has antioxidant properties. It’s also found in sunflower seeds, carrots, tomatoes and artichokes. Its ability to lower blood glucose levels may benefit those who have diabetes.
Currently there are no reported overdose symptoms associated with chlorogenic acid consumption. However, drinking large amounts of coffee can lead to a caffeine overdose. The exact amount of caffeine that leads to an overdose varies from person to person but most sources suggest that between 300mg and 700mg (approximately 3-7 cups) can cause the mild overdose symptoms listed here:
    – Difficulty sleeping
    – Excitement
    – Increased heartbeat
So it would be best to keep your coffee intake to 3 cups a day  and do not drink after 2 p.m. in the afternoon. As one eight ounce  cup of caffeinated coffee stays in your system for up to 6 hours but no more than 8 hours.