“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” –T.S. Eliot
There is good news for those who can relate to T.S. Eliot’s sentiment about the ritualistic daily cup of coffee that over 150 million Americans reportedly consume. According to Cal Orey’s “The Healing Powers of Coffee,” starting off your day with a wisely chosen cup of Joe has undeniable health benefits and healing properties. When consumed in moderation and chosen with concern for quality, coffee has now been given a place on nutrition experts’ health-food lists. No matter how you take your coffee, here are a few facts you may not know:
• Coffee is loaded with antioxidants that help lower the risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol, and may reduce certain cancers, including breast, prostate and liver.
• Adding milk is a good source of calcium, protein, vitamin D, and other nutrients.
• Adding a little bit of honey to your coffee can help with allergies and boost your metabolism.
• In moderation, coffee can help to lessen the appearance of cellulite.
• Coffee has antibacterial qualities that are good for your skin and can be used in many do-it-yourself home remedy skin treatments.
• While consuming too much caffeine can have negative effects, a healthy 200-300 milligrams a day can actually help boost your brain and prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
• Though artificial coffee flavorings tend to have harmful additives, spicing your coffee with cinnamon or sprinkling it with dark chocolate shavings are healthy and savory additions.
• Contrary to popular belief, darker roast coffee actually has less caffeine and packs more antioxidant power than lighter brews.
• Like chocolate, coffee is graded on its quality, and tasting has become a time-tested and cross-cultural art.
• There are many different ways to brew coffee, varying in popularity depending on the region of the world. In fact, espresso is not a type of coffee but actually a brewing method.