By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
Folgers makes it. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts do too. What am I talking about? Coffee of course! There is nothing better than waking up to a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Coffee wakes you up due to the healthy amount of caffeine found in coffee. However, today there are new ways coffee is being used, and it could just help you fight off the aging process.
Coffee has always been a way to rev our engines in the morning or late afternoon. Did you know there are 150 billion coffee drinkers in the US, and they drink an average of 3.1 cups of coffee per day? Also, did you know coffee shops exceed 12 billion in yearly sales? Pretty impressive numbers, for a product which comes from a simple seed!
Those numbers are impressive, but what is even more impressive is the effect coffee has on the body. Coffee has been shown to prevent strokes, heart disease, type 2 Diabetes, and helps to prevent the onset of Parkinson’s disease. The reason: coffee is full of phenolic nutrients which are antioxidants that help fight off oxidative stress and damage to cells in the body.
So what are phenolic nutrients?
Phenolic nutrients are antioxidants found in certain foods which can help reverse damage created by free radicals in the body. Oxidative stress and damage is a common reaction in the body due to metabolic processes. This can lead to inflammation, degenerative(s) disease, and can lead to heart disease. Oh yeah and one more: aging.
We want to clean up and rid our bodies of free radicals from oxidative stress. But how?
Coffee to the rescue.