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Last Updated Thursday April 27 2017 06:22 PM IST

Eight facts about coffee that you would have been unaware of

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Did you know coffee can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes? Well, check out these facts about coffee and be surprised!

» Coffee acts as a stimulant for the central nervous system.

» Research from Harvard terms coffee as an anti-depressant, finding that drinking two cups a day of caffeinated coffee can reduce one’s risk of depression by 34 percent, and three cups by 42 per cent. This is true, because caffeine and antioxidants in coffee stimulate the brain to produce more powerful antidepressant hormones like serotonin and dopamine that improve one’s mood. In fact, coffee was originally sold at pharmacies in Finland in the 18th century as a treatment for depression.

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» Coffee also reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by 12 per cent but that is only if one has it without sugar.

» Coffee reduces the danger of contracting gout that men over the age of 40, face.

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» Consumption of this beverage is also linked with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease. Regular drinking may also help to protect against dementia.

» Unfortunately, it has been misused by people trying to lose weight, as caffeine works as an appetite suppressant. Drinking too much of it causes anxiety, 'jitteriness', disturbed sleep and hyper acidity, leading to stomach ulcers.

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» Pregnant women should avoid coffee as it lowers the absorption of vitamins and iron by 50 percent. People with insomnia and high blood pressure, too, must avoid coffee.

» Coffee beans or coffee powder is best stored in air-tight containers made of glass, ceramic or non-reactive metal. Its freshness and flavor is preserved when it is stored away from moisture, heat and light. Do not store in the refrigerator.

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