On BodyRevamp.com, I typically like to focus on writing and publishing content to help you with losing weight, burning fat, and building muscle. However, today I wanted to share an article with you on something you can do to help prevent diabetes. Diabetes is the one disease I fear the most… even more the prostate cancer. I don’t know why, but this disease scares me senseless! This article here talks about one thing (that most of us are already doing by the way) that can actually help prevent this terrible disease, and even help with burning off pounds of body fat!
Caffeic acid is a hydroxycinnamic acid that is mainly found in coffee but can also be sourced from other plant based foods. It is not classed as an essential nutrient in humans but studies have shown that it can fight cancer (a disease that leads to your cells growing in a rapid, uncontrollable way), prevent inflammation and more. In this article I will be providing a full breakdown of caffeic acid and covering its main health benefits.
There is little information available on the discovery of this hydroxycinnamic acid but people have been aware of it from around 400 B.C. when it was used as a sleep aid.
2) HEALTH BENEFITS:
Caffeic acid has a number of protective roles in the human body. It is potent anti-inflammatory (a substance that minimises unnecessary inflammation in your body’s cells) and antioxidant (a substance that protects the body’s cells from the dangerous free radicals that are released into your cells during oxygen related reactions). In addition to this it can prevent cancer (a disease where your body’s cells start to grow in a rapid, uncontrollable way) and diabetes (a disease which causes your blood glucose levels to become extremely high).
3) RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCE (RDA):
Caffeic acid is not believed to be essential in humans so no official recommended daily allowance (RDA) has been set. However, some sources suggest that consuming between 100 milligrams (mg) and 500mg of this hydroxycinnamic acid is enough to activate its health benefits.
4) FOOD SOURCES:
Coffee is the main source of caffeic acid with a 100 milliltire (ml) serving supplying you with between 18mg and 88mg of this hydroxycinnamic acid. Apples, artichokes, basil, cabbage, oregano, pears, radishes and turnips are also good sources of this phytonutrient.
5) OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS:
Caffeic acid is believed to be safe and there are no adverse effects associated with consuming high levels of this hydroxycinnamic acid. However, drinking too much coffee (1 of the main sources of this phytonutrient) can cause a caffeine overdose. Drinking between 3 cups and 7 cups of coffee can cause mild caffeine overdose which leads to increased urination, increased thirst, muscle twitching, rapid heartbeats and sleeping difficulties. Drinking 8 or more cups of coffee can lead to a serious caffeine overdose which results in confusion, convulsions, disorientation and loss of conciousness.
Coffee is not normally top of the list when you think of health foods. However, by treating yourself to 1 or 2 cups of this hot beverage each day you can supply your body with a good helping of caffeic acid and activate its many health benefits.
Tom Parker owns Free Fitness Tips – an excellent source of dietary and nutritional information. You can find out more about caffeic acid and the other hydroxycinnamic acids by visiting Free Fitness Tips.
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