Coffee - Is It Good For You?
I don't know about you, but I love a fresh ground organic cup of black coffee in the morning.
Did you know that coffee has multiple potential anti-cancer pathways? Caffeine is one of them, as it has been shown to both stimulate and suppress tumors depending on the cancer and when it is administered. Polyphenols in coffee, such as lignan phytoestrogens, flavonoids, and polyphenols are also known to have anti-cancer properties, as does caffeic acid, which inactivates several pathways involved in the development of tumors – including cell cycle regulation, inflammatory and stress response, and apoptosis.
Another reason why coffee may have a positive effect on our health is because it is the number one source of antioxidants (coffee include significant amounts of hydrocinnamic acid and polyphenols).
Free radicals are a type of a highly reactive metabolite that is naturally produced by the body as a result of normal metabolism and energy production. They are the natural biological response to environmental toxins like cigarette smoke, sunlight, chemicals, cosmic, and man-made radiation, and are even a key feature of pharmaceutical drugs.
Important Notes: Make sure to drink you coffee black, without sugar, without creamer, without flavorings. If any way possible, buy your coffee certified organic as the coffee beans are one of the most heavily pesticides-sprayed crops. Do the smell test: If your coffee doesn't smell and taste fresh, it most likely is rancid. Don't overdo it. Two to four cups of high-quality, organic coffee should do the trick.
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