Monday, August 20, 2012

Coffee is More than a Caffeine Fix!

By Cal Orey, The Writing Gourmet

Java Jolt: Health-Boosting Nutrients in Your Cup of Joe
Medical researchers around the world continue to find new health-promoting super nutrients in coffee connected to healing powers. That’s right, coffee lovers are getting more than just a morning caffeine jolt from the magical bean. Like dark chocolate, red wine, green tea, and certain fruits and vegetables, coffee contains antioxidants—disease-fighting enzymes that protect your body by trapping free-radical molecules. Imagine this scenario: Video game human java junkies drinking cups of coffee and viewing bad bugs disappear before any damage attacks their human bodies. Game over. Man wins.
Research also shows that including antioxidant-rich superfoods—like coffee—may lower the risk of developing age-related diseases--heart, cancers, diabetes 2--and even stall the aging process.  
Scientists continue to find new health-promoting nutrients in coffee—which has more than 1,000 compounds. It’s the antioxidants in coffee that provide health benefits; however, coffee also has health-boosting minerals, such as tocopherols and magnesium, which help in glucose metabolism.  Here are several antioxidants that researchers know are in a cup of coffee and coffee lovers should meet before I expound later on their benefits to lower the odds of developing specific diseases and ailments. 
 Caffeic acid: one of the most powerful antioxidants linked to coffee’s good for you benefits 
Chlorogenic acid:  like caffeic acid this another potent antioxidant and touted in health studies
Flavanoids:  a group of plant compounds that boast antioxidant, anticancer, and anti-allergy properties   
Lignans: plant compounds with protective action against cancers, especially hormone-related like breast, and prostate cancers
Polyphenols:  natural compounds that act as powerful antioxidants that protect your body by trapping the free-radical molecules and getting rid of them before damage occurs. 
Proanthocyanidins: plant compounds helpful in preventing degenerative disease; powerful antioxidants that are stronger than vitamins C and E; help protect against the effects of environmental stressors, including cigarette smoking, pollution 
Trigonelline: is another antioxidant in coffee which is linked to aroma, taste, and antibacterial properties          

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