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What are the benefits of drinking coffee?

I am a certified coffee drinker. It makes me stay awake at night working on my lessons and blogs.

I am a certified coffee drinker.

I am a certified coffee drinker.

I am a certified coffee drinker

I am a certified coffee drinker

Oxford Dictionary states that “most coffee is grown in tropical America” however, we have a considerably large plantations of coffee here in the Philippines. According to the Department of Agriculture, “based on the latest Census of Agriculture (2002), there are nearly 276,000 coffee farms in the country, with about 79.4 million trees. The median farm size is 1-2 ha”, (http://hvcdp.da.gov.ph/coffee.htm).

I learned to drink this beverage made from the roasted and ground beanlike seeds of a tropical shrub, served hot or iced (Oxford Dictionary), during my Bible College years. It became part of every season of my life. At first I thought I would never love to drink it brewed without its usual mix – sugar and cream or non-fat milk but when I first tried it I was instantly hooked.

However, this blog is not just about how coffee tastes but about the benefits people can get from drinking coffee:

  • Drinking coffee can lower the risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes or “adult-onset” diabetes among coffee drinkers. Studies show that the more coffee is consumed the lower the risk. Men who drank 6 cups or more a day cut their diabetes risk in half while women who drank the same amount of coffee, cut their risk to 30%. It seems men benefit more than women. (http://www.philippineherbalmedicine.org/coffee.htm).
  • Coffee is rich in antioxidants. It keeps you to not just feel young but to prevent premature aging and may protect your body from serious damages. Green coffee beans contains about 1,000 antioxidants and is increased during brewing.
“Green coffee beans contains about 1,000 antioxidants and is increased during brewing. The roasting process also creates it own set of compounds that are beneficial to health and are unique only to coffee. Coffee contains more antioxidants than cocoa, red wine and 4 times more than green tea. Initial findings show that even 1 to 2 cups of coffee a day has beneficial effects and it seems both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee increases the body’s antioxidant levels.”
  • Coffee is good for the heart.  According to Medical News Today, “researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard School of Public Health, concluded that drinking coffee in moderation protects against heart failure. They defined ‘in moderation’ as 2 European cups (equivalent to two 8-ounce American servings) per day (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270202.php), that is roughly two cups a day.
  • Coffee is a good stimulant. Caffeine which is found in coffee is “a crystalline compound that is found especially in tea and coffee plants and is a stimulant of the central nervous system.” (Oxford Dictionary).
That is why most coffee drinkers including me, get more alert and experience a boost in energy after a cup of coffee. It stimulates my consciousness which allows the outpouring of ideas as I do my work even in extended hours.
Having coffee with friends

Having coffee with friends

Having coffee with friends

Having coffee with friends

Drinking coffee with your friends is great
as well.
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