My grandma used to drink coffee all the time she really liked coffee. She would often make me prepare toast and coffee for her. She even enjoyed coffee flavored ice cream. As I got older I realized She wasn’t alone with her love for coffee. About 55% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee. But why? What makes this drink so appealing? Why do people love this little brown bean? Coffee is healthy for people because it is full antioxidants, nutrients and caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant for the brain it improves brain function; it helps with mental alertness. It decreases mental fatigue. Antioxidants  are substances that inhibit oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen and peroxides in the blood stream.

Coffee is the greatest source of antioxidants is the human diet. Coffee lowers the risk of death for people with diabetes and heart disease. It also helps reduce the risk of getting the  type 2 diabetes compound. Coffee helps regulate islets in the body that play a role in the development of diabetes, It also helps reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Studies on coffee consumption decreasing the risk of cancer are limited, however a study found that those who drink 4 or more cups a day have a 50% lower risk of oral cancer. Another study showed that coffee can also help reduce skin cancer. Coffee drinkers are more likely to resist dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as well.

Caffeine from coffee can increase fat burning in the body, boost metabolism, increase adrenaline levels, and help improve physical performance. Coffee contains nutrients riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and niacin. Because of this coffee drinkers have lower risk of developing cirrhosis and depression. Coffee gives a feeling of happiness and pleasure. It promotes an upbeat sense of self. Coffee has just as many antioxidants as fruit but not as many vitamins and nutrients. Most people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. That’s why coffee is the greatest source of antioxidants in the human diet. Studies have shown that people with low intakes of antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables are at greater risk of developing chronic illness.

There are free radicals in the human body that are designed to attack cell membranes and DNA. These radicals come from breaking down food and turning it into energy, the food we eat In general, and the air we breathe. Since free radicals exist in the blood stream  and they’re designed to attack, we need something to combat that. That’s where antioxidants come in.  Antioxidants neutralize or remove free radicals from the bloodstream. They literally clean out free radicals from the blood stream. This counteracts the damaging effects of radicals. In most cases free radicals out number the antioxidants that the body naturally possess. That’s why coffee is so beneficial it’s a potent protective potion. So before you start your day you should act like a Chicagoan and say “what’s up Joe” and have a cup.

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