Coffee is rich in polyphenols with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Gastroenterologists find no reason to give up your cup of aromatic and stimulating coffee in the morning, it does not affect your health. Some believe that because it could irritate the stomach or intestines, the reality is that even it could benefit you according to experts.
Coffee is a healthy drink if you do not abuse its consumption and if you prepare it properly. “The coffee itself is not the problem, but the garbage that we add,” says Will Bulsiewicz, gastroenterologist and author of Fiber Fueled.
Coffee offers a variety of benefits for your health, not just for your heart and brain. Also your intestines. Coffee is a source of antioxidants, it contains polyphenols that serve as prebiotics for the microbiota explains Bulsiewicz.
Coffee is not the cause of gastric problems
Studies show that coffee promotes gastroesophageal reflux but is not associated with dyspepsia (indigestion).
Coffee increases stomach acid production, but it does not cause digestive problems for most people. Coffee consumption without food would not represent any problem, except for people who have a sensitivity to coffee or suffer from heartburn problems.
Those who are sensitive to caffeine should avoid its consumption (in coffee, tea, energy drinks, etc.) to avoid digestive problems.
What Makes It Unhealthy
Gastroenterologist Bulsiewicz points out that the problem lies in the sugar, artificial sweeteners, cow’s milk, syrups, and the list goes on.
Bulsiewicz prefers black coffee, but if your palate is still not used to it, you can add a little stevia, monk fruit, or erythritol. Avoid dairy and instead, use soy or oatmeal drink.
If you are a healthy adult, moderate consumption according to the United States dietary guidelines is less 400mg caffeine, which would be an average maximum of 4 cups of coffee (8 oz.).
Will Bulsiewicz suggests no more than two cups of coffee a day and staying hydrated by drinking water during and after drinking coffee.
What to add to your coffee to make it even healthier
Dr. Will Bulsiewicz likes to flavor his coffee with cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can reduce inflammation and reduce gas. It may also have beneficial effects on the enzymes trypsin and pancreatic lipase, which are important for digestion.
Turmeric is rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, mainly curcumin, considered the most active ingredient. Curcumin can help improve the intestinal barrier and reduce inflammation.
Research indicates that curcumin may help prevent colitis. Preclinical studies in animals demonstrated that curcumin has been effective for these purposes.
Cinnamon is a natural way to sweeten coffee without using sugar and also provides a powerful antioxidant load. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, and antimicrobial properties.
So now you know, in moderation, and preparing it healthy without excess sugar and other products such as creams that are generally highly processed and additives are added to improve texture and flavor, coffee can be very healthy for you.
Drinking coffee regularly can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. An investigation published by the European Society of Cardiology reveals that filtered coffee brewing is related to a reduced risk of death of 15% for any cause compared to the absence of coffee.
Coffee also reduces the risk of diabetes, and coffee also favors your memory and mood.