Coffee – A Liquid Blessing We’re Told to Avoid
If you want a health drink that really takes care of business, drink coffee. Caffeinated coffee, black.
Doctors tell patients to get off the stuff, but there’s no research behind the “no coffee” mantra, and bunches of evidence saying coffee’s good for what ails you.
Let’s talk about coffee
So let’s talk about coffee. Mainly, how it works in our bodies.
First, terminology. “Free radicals” are cells with missing parts, which fact they resent and which they need to fix if they’re to survive. Since they’re out to do us woe, we don’t want to cheer for their survival
Especially since there are so many of them. Everything we do creates free radicals-breathing, eating, sleeping, exercise (big time) and everything else. There’s no way to avoid free radicals.
So we need to know what’s going on. Sitting back and letting the bad guys win the day is never good. Every free radical aims to attack healthy cells and steal the parts they need to be whole again.
Fighting free radicals
Once a free radical cell steals the parts they need from a healthy cell, the healthy call, now missing parts, becomes a free radical and starts attacking healthy cells to replace their missing parts. And on, and on, and on.
It’s all-out war. Wars have consequences.
Help, I’m rusting!
All this free radical activity creates oxidation, otherwise known as rust, that spreads far and wide throughout the body parts. Rusty parts don’t work well. In the end, they don’t work at all.
Time to call the cavalry! Antioxidants to the rescue!
Antioxidants remove free-radical rust.
Not everything touted as an antioxidant is one, but coffee does an excellent antioxidant mambo.
In fact, a cup of java generates more antioxidant activity than typical servings of blueberries, raspberries or grape juice-all known for their superior antioxidant skills. And four times as much as a cup of green tea.
And black coffee has no calories! Be still my heart!
Coffee contains more than 300 different, organic compounds. This complexity may explain the wide-ranging health results coffee achieves. (Unfortunately, one or more of those 300+ compounds may cause some stomachs to dislike coffee. Coffee sensitivity isn’t common, but it does happen.)
Is coffee a stimulant?
Contrary to popular opinion, caffeine is not a stimulant. Instead, it outmaneuvers a natural, sedating chemical in our bodies, adenosine. Adenosine’s job is to tamp down brain activity, going for calm instead of overstimulation. It accumulates through the day, finally sending us stumbling off to bed at night.
Well, now, looky here! Caffeine looks a whole lot like adenosine-chemically speaking-and uses that similarity to counteract adenosine’s effects by temporarily blocking its work.
Caffeine doesn’t try to take over. It just plops itself down so adenosine can’t get in. Without the adenosine effect, metabolism perks up and drowsiness doesn’t take over.
And when caffeine’s work is done-in about 45 minutes or so-the cell automatically becomes available for adenosine to do its thing.
Is this amazing or what?
One anti-coffee site unhappily states that hundreds of studies failed to find a single reason to convict coffee of causing diseases or health problems. Then tells readers to avoid it and seek a better stimulant than coffee. Even though coffee isn’t stimulating.
Enjoy a cuppa!
Personally, I like the fact coffee does all it does without shifting my body into high anxiety gear and leaves quietly when the work is finished. Gently used parts last longer.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.