The habit of drinking coffee, this aromatic and invigorating drink, does not always positively affect our health. It is known that caffeine depletes the body’s resources and causes addiction – this leads to disorders in various body systems and diseases. But at the same time, scientists have discovered active components that can positively affect our health.
To find a balance between benefit and harm, it is necessary to limit the amount and, if possible, neutralize the toxic effects of coffee with the help of the following recommendations.
Healthier coffee. Reinforce its properties with spices.
Cardamom is one of the best digestive stimulants. An incredibly aromatic spice that helps relax muscles and relieve physical and emotional tension. Cardamom added to coffee will help soften the effect of caffeine on the heart muscle, as it has a relaxing function. It has also been found to have fat-splitting properties that can help with bad cholesterol and weight loss.
Arabs, Indians, and Jews often use cardamom! Indeed not only for the above benefits but much more can be said about this spice.
Cardamom is one of the best aphrodisiacs.
In addition to cardamom, the following spices can be added to coffee one by one or in various combinations:
Ginger has a warming effect. Strengthens blood vessels, tones, and increases vitality. By adding ginger to coffee, you create a powerful natural energy booster.
Vanilla is familiar to many with its beautiful aroma, but few people know it has many valuable properties. In addition to a pleasant aroma that lifts the mood, it is an aphrodisiac and relieves anxiety. It also offers the following benefits.
- contains antioxidants
- has antibacterial properties
- reduces inflammatory processes
- has a positive effect on lipids in the body (cholesterol)
Adding vanilla to coffee neutralizes the hormone cortisol, which rises when you consume caffeine.
Nutmeg improves heart function and prevents tachycardia. Saturates the body with organic minerals, reduces inflammation, and stimulates the digestive system. Its spicy aroma goes well with cardamom.
Cloves are saturated with a strong aroma and have a warming effect. This spice is often used in India and Arab countries. It softens bitterness, lowers blood pressure, and acts as an aphrodisiac. Improves blood circulation and libido.
Cinnamon improves blood circulation and has an anti-inflammatory effect on the whole body—a source of organic minerals, especially chromium, which has the most potent ability to balance blood sugar. The high concentration of minerals helps reduce the acidifying effect of coffee on the body.
Adding spices to coffee will diversify its taste, activate more taste buds and make coffee more beneficial. Experiment and find the variations that you like the most.
Coffee with spices, how to use them?
The main rule when using spices is to start with small portions. So the coffee will not lose its taste and aroma, and the intense flavor of spices will not cause unpleasant sensations.
Ideally, the spices should be freshly ground. In this form, they give more active substances to coffee and neutralize toxic elements.
Do not boil coffee with spices! After preparing coffee and adding spices, it can be brewed for 1-2 minutes and immediately poured into a cup.
Here are other valuable tips for making coffee with spices.
- Choose light or medium roast beans. In this way, many valuable substances are preserved, and benzopyrene, a known carcinogen, is not formed.
- Never boil or reheat! This leads to a loss of beneficial properties and increased toxic elements.
- Important Use only purified soft water.
- Never drink instant coffee. It hurts the hormonal system and does not contain any valuable properties at all.
It is interesting!
Did you know that the healthiest way to prepare coffee is Turkish? This type of preparation preserves all the beneficial properties.
This coffee-making method was even included in the UNESCO section of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2013.
In conclusion, everything is good in moderation. As the Swiss doctor Paracelsus said:
“Everything is poison, and everything is a medicine; the dose determines both.”
Did you like the article? Then I recommend you read my article about Bulletproof. The link is here. This technique improves the coffee properties and helps our digestive system and the whole body tolerate coffee better.
And if you decide to give up caffeine, read the practical recommendations to avoid side effects after stopping drinking coffee via this link.