Co-authored by Meredith O'Malley, Rd. Author of LoveToSnack.com
Coffee certainly has a reputation, both good and bad depending on who you talk to. But recent research indicates that the more than 100 million people who drink coffee everyday may be doing themselves some good.
In addition to helping you stay awake, coffee’s antioxidant properties may help you stay youthful.
A little bit more about the anti-aging properties in coffee
Did you ever wonder where coffee gets its flavor? While roasting contributes much of the flavor in your cup of Joe, so do the flavonoids and phenolic acids.
These polyphenols are important antioxidants that protect your cells from free radical damage.
We do know that if you drink too much coffee - 5 cups+ a day (or less for people who rarely drink) it will dehydrate you. And dehydration is never good for the skin as it will dry it out.
It is too harsh to use on the face and there isn't any evidence to prove that it can reduce wrinkles.
BUT, lots of people use it as an exfoliant on their body and claim that it softens their skin and helps to reduce cellulite.
Drinking moderate amounts of either regular or decaffeinated coffee may reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a 2006 prospective cohort study published in “Diabetes Care.” The investigators concluded that the properties in coffee were the protective agents.
Another study of more than 120,000 men and women showed that drinking 6 cups of coffee a day decreased risk of diabetes by 30 percent in women, and 54 percent in men.
There is some evidence that drinking too much unfiltered coffee, i.e. the popular French Press coffee, can increase your LDL cholesterol levels, also known as bad cholesterol.
Unfiltered coffee contains higher amounts of cafestol and kahweol . However, these substances have also been shown to be protective against liver cancer.
Coffee can also increase blood pressure, especially in those who are sensitive to stimulants. If concerned with heart disease, drink only moderate amounts – 3 to 4 cups – of filtered coffee a day.
Like all foods, coffee in moderation may be more beneficial than harmful.
Just be careful with what you add to your coffee. Many of these popular coffee drinks are loaded with sugar and fat, which can increase your overall calorie intake and cause weight gain.
Try to limit your coffee to the simple brew your mom used to drink when you were younger, and add small amounts of sugar and/or skim milk.