I love coffee. Therefore, it’s only natural that when I came across an article that talks about one of the world’s most popular beverages… well, my interest was piqued. The article is good, well-researched and written.
It’s good to know that coffee is not just another caffeinated drink. That it actually can do you a lot of good.
The coffee tree which gives us the precious bean is native to tropical Africa. Its origins can be traced back to Ethiopia and Sudan, according to Wikipedia.
As you already know coffee (unless you’re from another planet), coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted ground coffee beans. It has a stimulating effect due to its caffeine content. It is usually consumed hot, although cold, iced and even bottled varieties are available. It’s also quite versatile and can be prepared and presented in a variety of ways: black, with milk or cream, cappuccino, latte, and French press, among others.
Coffee is a powerful drink. Powerful enough for it to have been banned in Mecca in 1511 and in Sweden in 1746, to name just two regions. Many famous people have attributed their success and creativity, at least partly, to this unpretentious brew.
Now for the health benefits. Besides its stimulating effects for which many of us drink it first thing in the morning and at other times during the day, coffee also offers a number of health benefits. Some studies have shown that drinking 3 cups of coffee a day may keep the doctor away.
Coffee is packed with antioxidants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), and multiple minerals and vitamins. What do these do for your body? Well, just go over to Health Effects of Coffee: More than Just a Caffeinated Drink and read it all for yourself. You just may be thankful for your daily cup o’ joe.