Jupiter, Florida (PressExposure) June 30, 2011 -- Before you turn your back on that latte, that one espresso provides several health benefits. If you like coffee and you can tolerate it well, enjoy it...without the guilt. For all coffee drinkers out there looking for a legitimate excuse to reduce your coffee intake for health reasons, hold that thought for just a second and thank UCLA researchers who have given all of us one more reason why we should not kick that caffeine habit quite yet.
Coffee contains many minerals like magnesium and chromium, which help our bodies use the hormone insulin, that controls blood sugar (glucose). How might coffee keep diabetes at bay? In type 2 diabetes, your body loses its ability to utilize insulin and regulate blood sugar effectively. Research points to the fact that coffee is stacked full of antioxidants; and that is nutrients that help prevent tissue damage caused by molecules called oxygen-free radicals.
The contents of one cup of black coffee contains 5 mcg of folic acid and over 6mg of choline, with a couple of other vitamins too. In addition, it contains 5mg of calcium, 7mg of magnesium, 7mg of phosphorus and 116mg of potassium. Adding milk, especially fortified milk, will increase your nutrient intake to 58 international units of vitamin A per fluid ounce and 13 IU of vitamin D for reduced fat milk and it also has higher calcium, phosphorus and potassium content.
Coffee has the ability to boosts your brain power. Drinking between 1 and 5 cups daily may help reduce risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, in addition to Parkinson's disease, some studies suggest. Those antioxidants may beat back brain cell damage and help the neurotransmitters involved in cognitive function to work better. It is proved to help you with your headaches. And not just the withdrawal headaches caused by skipping your daily dose of caffeine! What scientists do know is that caffeine boosts the activity of brain cells, causing surrounding blood vessels to constrict.
Studies show that 200 milligrams of caffeine, about the amount in 16 ounces of brewed coffee-provides relief from headaches, including migraines. Exactly how caffeine relieves headaches is not clear For quite some time now, researchers have had an inkling that coffee has had a connection with preventing type 2 diabetes. And in reality they were right.
Numerous studies lately have shown that the daily intake of coffee may just be good for the cardiovascular system and might even help prevent strokes. Just last month, Swedish researchers announced results of a big study showing that coffee seemed to reduce the risk of stroke in women by nearly 25%..
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