I love science. Or better said I love good, useful and logical science. This studie is one of those. The scientists, Annia Galano and Jorge Rafael León-Carmona, that published a study in 2011 that freed me and other coffee lovers around the world from guilt, suggesting that coffee is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the average person’s diet. Evidence based proof and my intuition was now proven in hard core science. Eureka!
Since a great number of studies that show that coffee, black tea and cacao, are indeed good source of antioxidants and it is by far more health than the options that mainstream medicine offers in many cases. A Harvard study concludes that drinking 3-5 cups coffee (decaf too) a day lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s and even suicide.
Many previous studies show that certain compounds found in coffee, including chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, and p-coumaric acid have a strong antioxidant capacity, that may improve vascular health and reduce inflammatory molecules. At Olive we would ask what causes those inflammatory molecules in the first place (maybe a scented candle, your deodorant, softeners, eating animals, smoking, alcohol, stress?). In addition, magnesium, trigonelline, and quinides in coffee have been associated with improved insulin sensitivity, which reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Newer research points to caffeine as being the source of powerful antioxidant effects that may help protect people from depression, anxiety, dementia and even Alzheimer’s. On the other hand we also know that coffee can worsen the effect of insomnia, anxiety, hypertension or heart problems and severely acidify our bodies making them a playground for vicious microbes, so I wouldn’t run of to Starbucks. Our advice is (once again) to let your body decide how many of those 1-5 cups (8 oz/25 ml) you can take. It’s all about the dose!