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Get a Healthy Jolt From Your Java!

Do you love that first cup of coffee in the morning?  What if you could indulge, guilt-free on your refills too?  Research shows that a safe amount of caffeine for a healthy adult is up to four 8 ounce cups of coffee per day.  In fact, there are several health benefits to your consumption.  Of course, there are adverse effects to drinking too much caffeine, but within reason, the advantages are noteworthy.

Nutrition – Chlorogenic acids are the main antioxidant in coffee, and those who drink up typically get 500 to 1,000 milligrams per day.  Although it’s true that other foods contain more antioxidants, most are eaten in much smaller quantities making coffee a leading source with the potential to help ward off several health issues like cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes.  Micronutrients, including potassium, also exist in coffee, which helps to lower blood pressure and reduce bone loss among other benefits.

Weight – Rather than dehydrating you, as it was once thought to do, caffeine actually reduces fatigue, boosts performance and increases blood flow to smaller blood vessels lessening the burden on your heart.  In studies with mice, it’s anti-inflammatory properties help combat low-grade chronic inflammation, reduce muscle loss, and improve muscles’ capacity to regenerate as we age.  However, it must be mentioned that limiting what you add to your drink is extremely important.

Focus – Your daily drinks (within the limit previously mentioned) may be your ticket to improved concentration, attention, alertness, and performance in everyday tasks.  Bioactive compounds in coffee are also thought to be behind the reduction of depression.

Pain Relief -Would you believe that a good night’s sleep and coffee were found to be more effective than ibuprofen or morphine for pain?  If data from a recent study involving mice holds true, caffeine can reduce increased sensitivity to pain brought on by sleep deprivation.

As with anything, more is not better.  While the positive benefits are significant, the downside still exists, and women trying to conceive, pregnant or breast feeding should consult their physician as to the safest limit to consume.

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