Coffee is one of the favorite beverages of many people worldwide. It not only taste and smell great, but it also provide that much needed energy boost. Recent studies also show that coffee actually has a number of health benefits, including fighting the following diseases:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Skin cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
As more studies are performed about coffee, scientists recently discovered that regular consumption of the beverage can help strengthen your DNA. In the research, it was revealed that beverages with active compounds, including coffee, help in stopping the DNA (particularly those that are found in white blood cells) from freely breaking apart.
The study, which was published in the European Journal of Nutrition, was actually small and the subjects were only made up of men. However, this does not mean that the findings were to be neglected. In truth, there are other studies that proved just how drinking coffee regularly can reduce damage in the cells as mentioned. This process is known as oxidative damage, which is linked to DNA destruction.
What’s So Special About Coffee?
Aside from the rich aroma and taste, coffee has grabbed a lot of people’s attention, even the experts because of its bioactive compounds. These compounds can be found in the green beans as well as during the roasting process. Known as chlorogenic acids, these come with characteristics that help coffee drinkers become much healthier. The acids have potent antioxidants as well as properties that fight against inflammation.
One notable type of acid found in coffee is the caffeoylquinic acid or CQA, which has the ability to increase the levels of antioxidants in the cells. The same acid can also remove harmful molecules, known as reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS has been in the eye of many scientists because it is one of the components that are believed to kill the response of the immune cells whenever there is microbial invasion. The reactive oxygen species are actually a part of the body and are produced during metabolic processes. They are also important, but when there is too much in the body, they can destroy proteins found in cells and can therefore break the DNA.
More about Coffee and DNA
Regularly drinking coffee could decrease damage caused by oxidative stress to the white blood cells. These particular cells are a part of the immune system, which help in protecting you against infection and disease.
Continuously consuming coffee and other caffeinated drinks can lead to a lowered chance of DNA breakage. According to researchers, this discovery can aid humans, especially when it comes to their health.