Sometimes, we eat, drink, or buy things just because we like to. Drinking coffee, for instance. Like millions on the planet, I like to enjoy a cup of black coffee after lunch. Now I’ve stumbled upon a study that tells me I am doing my health a favor by drinking that cuppa!
I know what you are thinking: what’s the big deal there? Almost everyone knows what a recharging effect coffee has on a tired mind. But in addition to boosting metabolism and waking up the brain, coffee does something more–particularly when taken after lunch. It becomes an effective barrier against diabetes.
Again, the link between coffee and insulin-regulation has been quite firmly established for a while now. Harvard researchers studied 126,000 people for 18 long years, and found incontrovertible evidence that compared to people who do not drink coffee: those who consume one to three cups of caffeinated coffee daily can reduce their risk of diabetes by up to 10 percent. Having six cups or more each day slashed menís diabetes risk by 54 percent and women’s by 30 percent over those who abstain from it.
But what’s more interesting is that a team of researchers from Brazil and France has found that coffee’s ability to process glucose through your system is most potent in the middle of the day! Which means that your post-lunch fix of java helps bring down blood sugar levels more effectively. Scientists used a 125 ml cup for this study, which is a much smaller serving than you get in coffee shops. This information was published in Woman and Home magazine. I also found it corroborated by Dr. Mike Roizen, MD.
The star antioxidant in coffee is†chlorogenic acid, which quells inflammation, reduces glucose absorption, and improves the way your body utilizes insulin. Coffee also contains magnesium, which is known to regulate blood sugar.
For this to work, your coffee needs to be filter, not instant. You can have it with or without sugar, but don’t add milk.