How much you should drink to reap the health benefits and workout-boosting powers of coffee.
Many of us are addicted to our morning cup (or three) of coffee a day. And it's not uncommon for many to enjoy a cup in the afternoon to perk us up, too. While there have been plenty of studies on the health benefits of coffee — including a boost in your workout performance — there are also negative effects of drinking too much coffee. So just how much is too much? And how real are the health claims? We recently spoke with two health professionals to get the real deal on coffee.
The Real Health Benefits of Coffee
According to the American Chemical Society, coffee is the leading source of antioxidants in the American diet — in part because we drink a ton of it. Coffee beans contain antioxidants, called quinines, which actually become more potent after roasting.
"This type of antioxidant, along with the magnesium found naturally in coffee, affect blood sugar levels and are thought to be responsible for the link to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes," says Hollywood nutritionist and registered dietitian, Lisa DeFazio. "Coffee also contains trigonelline, an antibacterial compound that not only gives it a wonderful aroma but may also be a factor in preventing dental caries."
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.