Antioxidants In Organic Black Coffee
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Coffee is one of the most preferred beverages across the world for its stimulating and energy boosting properties. A few years ago, people were asked to give up coffee due to the caffeine content. But recently, it is found that coffee may actually contribute to enhancing health if consumed in moderation. (See Reference 1)
The presence of large number of free radicals (atoms or groups of atoms with missing electrons) can have adverse effects on the body. Free radicals are formed during oxidation when some of the oxygen atoms do not bind with hydrogen atoms. They seek the missing electrons from their neighboring molecules that are healthy. (See Reference 1)
Antioxidants are substances that neutralize the free radicals in the body and protect it from cellular damage. Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are examples of antioxidants that are present in varying levels in vegetable, fruits and many other plant foods. Consuming a balanced diet rich in antioxidants reduces the risk of developing certain types of cancer as well as stress related diseases in addition to slowing down the aging process.
Experts have found that coffee contains antioxidants that offer numerous health benefits. (See Reference 1) Some of the benefits include reduced risk of diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, gout, rectal cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, gall stones and kidney stones formation. It is advisable to drink a cup of black coffee before taking breakfast to reap the best benefits.
The question then is whether the amount of antioxidants present in organic black coffee is much more than in traditionally cultivated coffees. Fresh coffee beans are rich in antioxidants. However, when these beans are roasted, they lose these properties. Hence, in the case of roasted beans, the amount of antioxidants is not too different in either types of coffee. However, organic coffee cultivation is much more environmental friendly as synthetic pesticides and fertilizers are not used to grow them. These chemicals are highly toxic and cause harmful effects over a long period of time. For example, endosulfan is a carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). It is also highly toxic and causes severe damage to the liver, kidneys and nervous system. (See Reference 1)
Some of the coffee manufacturers add antioxidants externally while processing organic coffees. These antioxidants are derived from various plants like goji berry and acai. (See Reference 1)
This way, the consumer, in addition to enjoying the health benefits, also enjoys the stimulating flavor and taste of the roasted beans.
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