Great news! Coffee, at least in moderation, may have a number of unrecognized health-improving properties. Along with moderation to get the health benefits, you should not douse your coffee with creamer, sugar, and other sweeteners and flavorings, which may not only decrease the benefits but may actually hurt your health. If you like Starbucks, try their Organic Shade Grown Mexico coffee.
· Darker roasts typically contain more caffeine than lighter roasts due to the prolonged heat breaking down more of the caffeine molecules.
· Drip coffee actually has more caffeine than espresso because the brew time is much longer. You can get this at Starbucks, Target, Amazon or many other retail stores.
· The finer the grind, the higher the caffeine in the coffee.
· Coffee increases your metabolism by up to 20 percent.
· Coffee can actually be quite beneficial if consumed before exercise. Coffee before training allows you fast energy to initiate your workout.
· Dark Roast Coffee may be Superior to Light Roast
· Roasted coffees are higher in neuroprotective agents than green (unroasted) coffees.
· The dark roast also led to a significant body weight reduction in pre-obese volunteers, whereas the lighter roast did not.
· Choose Organic: Coffee beans are one of the most heavily sprayed crops with pesticides. Whenever possible, purchase sustainable "shade-grown" coffee to help prevent the continued destruction of our tropical rain forests and the birds that inhabit them. There are many who say shade grown coffee tastes better as well.
· Whole Bean: You'll want to purchase whole bean coffee that smells and tastes fresh, not stale; if your coffee does not have a pleasant aroma, it is likely rancid. Grind it yourself to prevent rancidity as pre-ground coffee may be rancid by the time you get it home.
· Drink it Black: If you're interested in the health benefits, drink your coffee black, without sugar or cream or flavorings. Make sure the water you're using is pure.
· Coffee Filters: If you use a "drip" coffee maker, be sure to use non-bleached filters. The bright white ones are chlorine-bleached, and some of this chlorine will leach from the filter during the brewing process.
· Coffee Mugs: Avoid plastic cups as the BPA will leach into your drink, and also avoid Styrofoam cups that can leach polystyrene molecules. Your best bets include glass and ceramic travel mugs.
The List is Growing of Health Benefits from Coffee
· Type 2 Diabetes: Researchers have also found that coffee doubles glucose intake, which will greatly reduce blood glucose levels.
· Parkinson’s Disease: Coffee may significantly cut your risk of Parkinson's disease1. In fact, coffee is so preventative against Parkinson's that drug companies are designing experimental drugs that mimic coffee's benefits to your brain2
· Alzheimer’s Disease: A 2011 study3 revealed that a yet unidentified mystery ingredient in coffee interacts with the caffeine to help protect you from Alzheimer's disease
· Prostate Cancer: A large 2011 study4 of nearly 50,000 men found men who drank six cups of coffee per day had 60 percent lower risk of lethal prostate cancer, and those who drank three cups per day had a 30 percent lower risk
· Liver Cancer: A Japanese study5 found those who drank coffee daily, or close to it, had about half the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a type of liver cancer, than people who never drank coffee; coffee is also associated with less severe liver fibrosis, lower levels of fat in your liver, and lower rates of hepatitis-C disease progression6
· Kidney Cancer: Coffee consumption may be associated with decreased risk of kidney cancer7
· Colorectal Cancer: A 2007 study8 suggested coffee consumption may lower colon cancer risk among women
· Heart Rhythm Problems: A study showed moderate coffee drinking reduces your chances of being hospitalized for heart rhythm problems9
· Pulmonary Function: A 2010 study revealed a beneficial effect of coffee on the pulmonary function of nonsmokers
· Stroke: A 2011 study10 found that women who drank more than one cup of coffee per day had about a 25 percent lower risk of stroke than women who drank less; a 2009 study11 found women who drank four or more cups of coffee per day reduced their stroke risk by 20 percent
· Gastrointestinal Flora: A study12 in 2009 showed coffee produced an increase in the metabolic activity and/or numbers of Bifidobacterium, which are beneficial bacteria in your gut
[-] Sources and References