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8 Health Benefits and Drawbacks of Coffee

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Antioxidant Elixir

Coffee is the single greatest source of antioxidants in the American diet. Ounce-for-ounce, other foods, such as blueberries, pecans and even cinnamon, pack more antioxidants than coffee, but they aren’t nearly as popular.

On average, coffee drinkers down 3.4 cups a day, gleaning 40 percent of their daily antioxidants from the brew. (In comparison, fruits and vegetables account for just 23 percent.) The number is high partly because people drink so much coffee, but it’s also because the beverage is brimming with polyphenols, a type of antioxidant found in many vegetables and berries.

Polyphenols confer some serious health benefits. In particular, they destroy free radicals, which are rogue molecules that create inflammation. Unchecked inflammation underlies many chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The more antioxidants in the diet, the less inflammation in the body, says John Hibbs, ND, a senior clinician at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Wash. “A cell that can control intracellular inflammatory processes is going to survive better under the duress of daily living.” (For people who prefer “unleaded” java, the good news is that decaf coffee has just as many antioxidants as the “leaded” version.)

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6:02AM PST on Feb 12, 2015

Thank you

12:08AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

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6:03PM PST on Jan 21, 2013

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10:24PM PST on Nov 5, 2012

Thanks. Decaf now for me.

4:43AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Teresa W - Couldn't have said it better than myself!

2:09PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

I Love that antioxidents are in coffee!

9:52AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

thanks! i love coffee

9:53PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

i drink coffee almost every day, but green tea is great option too, it's like I'm addicted actually :D but I'm trying to drink only tea :)

6:48AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

I drink coffee and several kinds of tea (green, peppermint, earl grey, etc). But, I drink it in moderation. I do not drink either drink all day. I prefer coffee in the morning and a sleepytime tea at night.

6:40AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012


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