Coffee, rich in antioxidants like chlorogenic acid, melanoidins and phenylalanines, boosts cognition, enhances heart health and primes exercise. Often advised by sports nutritionists as a pre-workout drink, it revitalises the nervous system and reduces exercise fatigue.
Research establishes a connection between coffee consumption and its beneficial results such as reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and liver ailments, enhanced cognition and alleviation of depression. However, experts caution against overconsuming it because of its potential adverse effects.
Consuming three to four cups of coffee in a day is said to be safe. However, overconsumption and dependence on it for daily activities should be avoided. To optimise its benefits, do not have it with meals as anti-nutrients like tannins in coffee can impede the body’s absorption of nutrients.
Reviewed by Janani GV, consultant nutritionist, Puducherry
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