Did you know that coffee is good for you? New findings have shown that coffee is
a rich source of antioxidants that contribute significantly to your daily total
Every day your body is exposed to harmful external and internal factors that can
cause cell damage and increase the risk of many diseases. UV light, smoking, air
pollution, radiation and tissue inflammation can affect the integrity of your cells
and your health in general.
- Your body naturally fights off harmful substances: Thankfully, your body,
through natural metabolic processes is equipped to fight against this harmful attack.
In addition to this, your body can also fight off these substances by the foods
that you eat and drink!
- Antioxidants in food can help protect your body cells: Antioxidants are health
compounds that are found in some foods and beverages and they play a vital role
in protecting your cells from oxidation and your body from diseases such as heart
disease, cancer, cataract, reduced immunity and premature aging.
Antioxidants (like vitamin A, E, C, & Beta Carotene) are found in various food sources,
especially coloured fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds.
The most commonly known antioxidants are vitamins & minerals but there are other
compounds available in foods and drinks that are effective antioxidants and these
are available in coffee!
The Antioxidants in coffee are:
- Chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that is found abundantly in coffee.
- Melanoidins are compounds found in coffee that contribute to its strong antioxidant
properties, which are also responsible for its aroma when roasting.
Studies on the above substances have shown the importance of these antioxidant properties
and how they can protect you from aging and diseases.
Antioxidant activity is greatly affected by the coffee’s method of preparation.
When coffee is roasted, it contains a larger amount of antioxidants compared to
non-roasted coffee, and thus gives you more health benefits.
As proven by research, coffee too has been shown to provide substantial antioxidant
benefits! In fact, 3-5 cups of coffee a day provide you with around 60% of your
average daily antioxidant intake. As coffee is also a source of caffeine, a natural
stimulant, it is recommended to consume coffee in moderation – an average of 3-4
cups per day.
Whether you opt for normal or decaffeinated coffee or choose to top it off with
milk or creamer, you will still benefit from coffee’s antioxidant content!