Give your coffee a healthy boost with these 5 delicious, science-backed additions

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Nothing beats the smell of coffee in the morning. The aroma of the beans and the instant hit of caffeine is enough to get anyone out of bed. But coffee doesn’t just help you get rid of morning drowsiness; it also has several health benefits.

The good news doesn’t stop there either! You can make your morning brew even healthier by adding a teaspoon of something extra. While many rarely care for more than a dash of milk or a spoonful of sugar, there are plenty of alternatives that will give you a health boost and satisfy your taste buds.

Turmeric

Turmeric is rich in curcumin, a powerful antioxidant.

Turmeric

In recent years, turmeric has become the gold standard for healthy spices because it is rich in a compound called curcumin. This molecule is a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation and is associated with reducing the effects of many health conditions.[1]

If you want to add it to your coffee, you should probably add a small amount of healthy fat, like coconut or almond milk, as this helps the body absorb curcumin. If you can tolerate the taste, a pinch of black pepper will also increase curcumin absorption and improve nutritional value.

Cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon can help boost your immune system and reduce your risk of cancer.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon isn’t just for a cold, freezing winter day. It has been used as a medicinal spice for thousands of years and is packed with minerals and nutrients. Studies suggest a regular serving of cinnamon may help reduce cancer risk[2] and boost your immune system.[3]

If you drink granulated coffee, you can create a blend by combining one teaspoon of cinnamon powder with one teaspoon of coffee. If you use a coffee machine or brew your own, pour half a teaspoon into your cup to give you all the goodness you need.

maca powder

Maca is very nutritious with many health benefits. It may even help improve your athletic performance and libido.

maca

You may have seen maca in your local health store. This powder is made from the root of the maca plant and is very nutritious with many health benefits. Studies suggest it helps with athletic performance and libido[4] and contains many essential elements[{” attribute=””>amino acids that your body can not synthesize.

It’s best to aim for around two teaspoons of maca powder a day to give you the most benefits. Although, be warned! It has quite an earthy taste, so you may want to spread the maca out evenly throughout the day.

Cacao Powder

Raw cacao powder is a powerful antioxidant, with numerous potential health benefits.

Cacao

Raw cacao powder isn’t just delicious; it is highly nutritious, a powerful antioxidant, and has considerable health benefits. Research suggests that it can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol[5] while also having anti-depressant properties that can help regulate mood.[6] Add that to the mouth-watering chocolate taste and you have the perfect coffee companion.

The recommendation is to get one tablespoon of cocoa a day, which could be overwhelming in just one cup. Instead, spread it between cups and you’ll be drinking healthy, delicious coffee all day long!

Ginger

Ginger can treat nausea and muscle aches and may help lower cholesterol.

Ginger

Ginger is a great way to spice up your morning cuppa. It tastes great and has many health benefits, with studies suggesting it can treat nausea and muscle aches.[7] and help lower cholesterol.[8]

It can be tricky to add it to your coffee because it doesn’t dissolve as easily as the other suggestions. You can get a packet of ground ginger and sprinkle half a teaspoon into your coffee, but for the most benefit, fresh ginger is best. It may take some time, but if you finely chop or grate a teaspoon of raw ginger into your coffee, you’ll get the most benefit and the best tasting brew.

It’s hard to think your morning cup of coffee could be any better! However, you can get even more benefits by adding one or more of the five ingredients above to your cup of tea. If you don’t like the taste of these suggestions, they are still great additions to your diet elsewhere. But if you can incorporate them into your routine, you can double the benefits of your cup of tea.

References:

  1. “Therapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons from Clinical Trials” by Subash C. Gupta, Sridevi Patchva and Bharat B. Aggarwal, November 10, 2012, The AAPS magazine.
    DOI: 10.1208/s12248-012-9432-8
  2. “Mechanisms, clinically curative effects and antifungal activities of cinnamon oil and pogostemon oil complex against three species of Candida” by Gang-sheng WANG, Jie-hua DENG, Yao-hui MA, Min SHI and Bo LI, April 24, 2012, journal of traditional chinese medicine.
    DOI: 10.1016/S0254-6272(12)60026-0
  3. “Cinnamaldehyde induces apoptosis through ROS-mediated mitochondrial permeability transition in human promyelocytic leukemia HL-60 cells” by Hyeon Ka, Hee-Juhn Park, Hyun-Ju Jung, Jong-Won Choi, Kyu -Seok Cho, Joohun Ha and Kyung-Tae Lee, May 25, 2003, Cancer letters.
    DOI: 10.1016/S0304-3835(03)00238-6
  4. “A Pilot Investigation of the Effect of Maca Supplementation on Physical Activity and Sexual Desire in Athletes” by Mark Stone, Alvin Ibarra, Marc Roller, Andrea Zangara and Emma Stevenson, September 23, 2009, Journal of Ethnopharmacology.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2009.09.012
  5. “Chocolate and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: A Systematic Review” by Eric L Ding, Susan M Hutfless, Xin Ding and Saket Girotra, January 3, 2006, Nutrition & Metabolism.
    DOI: 10.1186/1743-7075-3-2
  6. “Consumption of cocoa flavanols improves cognitive function, blood pressure control and metabolic profile in elderly subjects: the Cocoa, Cognition and Aging (CoCoA) study – a randomized controlled trial” by Daniela Mastroiacovo, Catherine Kwik-Uribe, Davide Grassi, Stefano Necozione, Angelo Raffaele, Luana Pistacchio, Roberta Righetti, Raffaella Bocale, Maria Carmela Lechiara, Carmine Marini, Claudio Ferri and Giovambattista Desideri, December 17, 2014, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
    DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.114.092189
  7. “Acute Effects of Dietary Ginger on Eccentric Exercise-Induced Muscle Soreness” by Christopher D. Black and Patrick J. O’Connor, October 28, 2010, Phytotherapy research.
    DOI: 10.1002/ptr.3148
  8. “Investigation of the effect of ginger on lipid levels. A double-blind controlled clinical trial” by Reza Alizadeh-Navaei, Fatemeh Roozbeh, Mehrdad Saravi, Mehdi Pouramir, Farzad Jalali and Ali A Moghadamnia, September 2008, Saudi medical journal.
    PMID: 18813412

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