After a good night’s sleep, there’s nothing better to do as soon as you wake up than sip a steaming hot cup of freshly brewed coffee. Its rich, strong and distinct taste and smell is the perfect way to ready oneself for a busy and stressful day ahead.
But the coffee we know and love does more than rejuvenating our senses every morning. Studies show that some components of coffee like caffeine and certain antioxidants can actually be beneficial to our health, as opposed to the much-publicized negative effects of caffeine.
Antioxidants help neutralize harmful molecules in the cells known as free radicals that try to steal away sub-atomic particles, killing the healthy cells in the process and causing some cardiovascular diseases, eye cataracts, premature aging, certain brain disorders, cancers and the deterioration of the immune and nervous system against deadly diseases. Because of its caffeine content, some people try to stay away from drinking coffee as often as possible. But for moderate drinkers of coffee, it’s safe and it even helps fight against the development of gallstones and reduces the risk of liver cirrhosis, type 2 diabetes, depression and Parkinson’s disease. Plus, I don’t know about you, but it makes me happy. 😀
Besides, the caffeine in coffee is really not that bad at all. Certain reports proved that an intake of reasonable amounts of caffeine in coffee could actually improve a person’s endurance and performance during prolonged, tiring and rigorous activities.
Here’s a bit of history: Did you know coffee was once forbidden by Roman priests? Apparently they thought it was the “drink of the devil”, so they forbid people to have anything to do with it. Luckily in the 1500’s Pope Clement VIII studied the mysterious drink and decided that it is not of the devil after all and everyone should enjoy the delightful thing! Hence, it was blessed and had the religious stamp of approval for everyday consumption. The rest, shall we say, is history.
To the delight of coffee lovers like me, there are a lot of different kinds of coffee in the world today that varies in strength and flavor. But despite of the many varieties in the market, it’s great to know there is at least one type with the perfect balance of acidity, bitterness and fruitiness to delight and satisfy any coffee lover. Just remember the old adage: Everything in moderation, and you may go ahead and have your delicious cup.