There is a debate about whether coffee is good or bad. I know many of you have coffee as a staple in your morning routine before heading to work. So I thought I would focus on the positive, and list the benefits of a cup of organic coffee. (Note: The following list of benefits were pulled from positivelycoffee.org)

But before I get into the benefits, I want to caution you here.

Don’t go and drink the whole pot! Have one or maybe two cups to get the benefits. Coffee does relax the muscle that keeps stomach acids from rising into the throat so those who are prone to heartburn or Gastroesophageal reflux disease should probably avoid it all together. My beverages of choice in the morning would still be a half a liter of water or a glass of coconut juice.

Now for the benefits:

1. Coffee & Mental Performance
The latest scientific evidence indicates that about 200 mg of caffeine, the amount typically found in two cups of coffee, will not only increase your level of alertness but also help your short-term memory.

2. Coffee and Antioxidants
Antioxidants may be of great benefit in improving the quality of life by preventing or postponing the onset of degenerative diseases. Protection against free radicals can be enhanced by ample intakes of dietary antioxidants, and this includes drinking coffee.

3. Coffee and Liver Function
There is increasing scientific evidence to show that coffee may also help provide significant protection in many ways against the development of liver disease.

4. Coffee and Exercise Performance
Caffeine, at levels found in one cup of coffee, can both reduce the sensation of fatigue as well as enhance exercise performance.

5. Coffee and Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is one of the most well known of all neurological disorders. There is a growing evidence from animal and human studies that not only can caffeine help relieve the symptoms associated with this disease, but can also have a protective effect on nerve cells. It would appear from many of these studies that coffee consumption also reduces or delays the development of the disease, with caffeine being the most likely factor

6. Coffee and Diabetes
The growing body of published research suggests that, alongside other lifestyle measures such as weight control and exercise, regular coffee drinking may also have a protective effect against developing Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of this disease.

7. Coffee and Cancer
Since 1991, the results of studies have shown data about four main cancer sites that would be of interest to coffee drinkers. They are bowel (colorectal), pancreatic, bladder and liver cancers.

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