It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
Like red wine and sunshine, over the years coffee has run a wide range in health circles, from being neutral to bad for you to good for you and back to neutral. It seems like every other day someone is telling us why we should or shouldn’t drink coffee. Well, I’m here to break this down for you.
Like red wine and sunshine, caffeine in excess is not necessarily good for you. But research is piling up indicating that coffee in moderation offers some great benefits. Let me count thy ways.
Coffee is the single largest source of antioxidants in Americans’ diets. Research shows that caffeine improves endurance and athleticism when consumed before a workout.
Coffee has been found to reduce the negative health effects of things like smoking and drinking. Not that it makes smoking okay – it is a just glimpse at how powerful coffee may be.
Finally, there is research showing a connection between coffee drinking and lower risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s and certain cancers. Also, one recent study even found that coffee drinkers live longer.
So remember: If you don’t get jittery and have disrupted sleep, drinking a cup or two of coffee per day may make you feel just a little bit better.