Coffee is a brewed beverage prepared from the roasted seeds of several species of an evergreen shrub of the genus Coffea.
We have all heard about the world’s most consumed hot beverage, coffee, especially in America and England where it is drank on a regular basis.
Many people worry about the consumption of coffee because of the various negativity that surrounds it, some people have stated that it is unhealthy especially for the heart because they experience heart palpitations (rapid beating of the heart), nausea or even vomiting when in fact, coffee drank in moderation is actually healthy for the body and protects the heart too.
Coffee is very beneficial for the body, it contains many different chemical compounds and is popularly grown in many countries and no more than two cups must be consumed daily.
Coffee, a member of the Rubiaceae family is known for its delicious but have a bit bitter and a little acidic taste and an aroma that will wake you up in the morning was first cultivated in Southern Arabia but native to East Africa and was the number one (1) export crop in agriculture in many countries during 2004 and still is today.
The coffee tree is unbeknown to many, as some people do not know what the tree looks like, but it is covered with dark-green waxy leaves grown opposite of each other in pairs, with coffee cherries growing along the branches which takes almost a year to mature, coffee is actually the seeds or fruit themselves.
When the cherries are ripe, they are picked, processed, dried and roasted to a flavour of choice before being grounded and brewed to make coffee.
Despite all the myths that surrounds coffee it is a healthy drink with lots of nutrients and health benefits packed with powerful anti-oxidants that is guaranteed to improve your health along with a good diet and exercise.
Consuming coffee is known to:-
- Boosts the body’s energy levels because it contains high levels of caffeine
- Lowers the risk of type two (11) diabetes
- Aids in weight loss
- Lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease, especially in women
- Protects against Alzheimer’s disease
- Prevents dementia
- Protects the liver against diseases like cirrhosis
- Lower the risk of getting a stroke
- Prevents gallstones
- Studies have also shown that it lowers the risk against various cancers like liver, colon, breast and rectal cancer
- Prevents depression
Coffee contains a variety of nutrients and minerals, like, potassium, magnanese, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, niacin.
It can be found in caffeinated or decaffeinated and is used to make a variety of foods like ice-cream, chocolate, tea and juices.
It must be consumed in moderation, especially pregnant women or on other medications as coffee can worsen the symptoms of some diseases like anxiety, so, anything, healthy and unhealthy must be done in moderation.