How many cups of coffee is it healthy to drink every day?
One coffee in the morning, one at lunch and one at each work or social meeting. Coffee seems to be the best source of energy, it saves us when we have not managed to sleep enough, and for many of us it is also a habit.
We do not necessarily feel the need for it, but we are accustomed to having it in the morning, when we smoke or when we visit our best friend.
Dark coffee, without sugar or milk, is healthy. Particularly rich in antioxidants, it can help us be healthier. And the link with the increase in energy is not a myth – coffee really helps us to be more alert, more energetic, to pay closer attention.
Coffee reduces the risk of diabetes, dementia, heart attacks, strokes and liver cancer and can help us lose weight.
But to what extent? When should we stop and what is the limit?
Because of the caffeine content, excess coffee may also have side effects: dizziness, hot flashes, insomnia, and anxiety.
Not to mention the side effects that occur when you suffer from certain conditions for which caffeine is not recommended: hypertension, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, gastric reflux etc.
Specialists say we should limit ourselves to 400 mg of caffeine per day. If we prepare the coffee with an average concentration, this means up to 5-6 cups a day, or if you drink coffee in larger mugs, up to 2-3 mugs. The rule applies only to a healthy adult.
And if you drink concentrated coffee, such as espresso, limit to 3 cups (or one mug and a half) a day.
Beneficial ingredients in coffee
Caffeine is not the key ingredient that turns coffee into a healthy drink. Researchers have found that there are hundreds of natural substances in coffee beans, with positive effects on the health of the cardiac and cerebral system.
Many of the natural coffee compounds are effective antioxidants in protecting cells against the destructive action of free radicals.
A Japanese study found that people who drink at least a cup of simple coffee a day reduce their risk of developing brain haemorrhages or strokes by up to 20%. Coffee remains a healthy drink if it is decaffeinated. In fact, scientists say too much caffeine can lead to dehydration and increased anxiety, which is why stronger coffee can bring more of a disservice to the body than a benefit.
Coffee drinkers receive daily an important amount of antioxidants, chrome and magnesium, which help regulate blood glucose levels, helping the body to properly inject insulin secretion. The main ingredients in coffee are:
– Citric acid
– Chlorogenic acid