The benefits of coffee - part 2

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We all know it: coffee contains caffeine, which can bring countless benefits to our body.

Already in part 1 of "The benefits of coffee" we mentioned the maximum daily dose recommended by the WHO (World Health Organization), that is 300 mg.

If taken in this quantity, it can have countless beneficial effects on the body, having stimulating and psycho-activating effects, which can be used both for recreation and for healing purposes.

But coffee does not only contain caffeine, but countless other substances that contribute to making this drink a source of wealth for our well-being.

In the last article we mentioned 3 important effects: the stimulating one, the energizing one and the lipolytic and anorexizing one.

Now let's see what are the additional benefits that moderate coffee consumption can bring.

4- Effect of well-being on dental health   

A study by Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine says that coffee has an important role in dental health, since the antioxidants contained in it have protective effects against diseases of the mouth, also helping to reduce the number of bone loss periodontal.

This conclusion was made on the basis of dental visits on 1,152 patients started in 1968 and ended in 2018.

The Brazilian University of Rio de Janeiro has also conducted a study on this, arriving at the result that coffee actively removes the bacteria naturally present in the saliva, the cause of the formation of plaque and therefore of caries.

This always thanks to the antioxidant polyphenols contained in the drink.

Be careful though! Drinking too much coffee can cause a blackening of the tooth enamel, caused by tannic acid. So you should not have to much of it.

5- Prevention effect on type 2 diabetes

Numerous research over the years has shown that coffee is an excellent ally of type 2 diabetes of around 33%.

Diabetes is a phenomenon that occurs when there is an excess of glucose in the blood. Consequently, those who suffer from it need to leverage insulin, stimulated by particular antioxidants contained in coffee.

The major research on the subject was carried out by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, who collected 28 scientific studies on a population of 1.2 million people, followed at varying intervals, from 10 months to 20 years.

The research was later published in the journal Diabetes Care.

The protective function is to be attributed to the antioxidant property of a natural food polyphenol, i.e. chlorogenic acid, present in coffee.

This acid improves insulin sensitivity and reduces the concentration of glucose in the blood, by inhibiting its absorption in the intestine.

This effect applies both to "normal" coffee and to decaffeinated coffee, because, as we said, the benefit in this case does not derive from the intake of caffeine, but from chlorogenic acid, which allows you to lower blood sugar naturally and which therefore helps in the prevention of diabetes.

6- Protective effect against liver cirrhosis

Coffee is also a friend of the liver.

Unfortunately, in industrialized countries alcohol consumption is often excessive. This is the most common cause of the onset of hepatitis C.

The consequence of this pathology lies in the fact that the liver, by degrading alcohol, produces toxic chemicals, some of which trigger the inflammation that leads to cirrhosis.

In this way the liver deteriorates slowly and no longer works due to chronic injuries.

In fact, the scar tissue gradually replaces the healthy liver tissue, partially blocking the flow of blood directed to the organ. So the liver can no longer effectively replace damaged cells.

The discovery comes from research conducted by scientists from the O. J. Kennedy of the University of Southampton in England and published in the scientific journal "Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics".

According to this research, the consumption of two cups of coffee per day can have 44% protective effects against cirrhosis of the liver.

The confirmation took place thanks to the analysis of data on 432,000 patients.

Obviously, coffee alone is not enough!

Drinking it regularly, as we have just finished listing, has countless beneficial effects, but it must certainly be combined with other lifestyle factors, such as a healthy and balanced diet and physical activity.

It is also fair to point out that green coffee beans contain a large amount of all the beneficial substances listed above. However, the concentration of these substances is reduced once the beans are roasted.

This is one of the many reasons why we at Ernani have decided to opt for a medium roasting.

In fact, in addition to making the coffee in the cup much more aromatic and less bitter, it manages to degrade less the positive substances contained within the beans.

Consequently, the drink will be more pleasant and tasty on the palate, but also of greater benefit for your body!

Martina Mazzoleni

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