La Finca Superfoods: What is Coffee Cascara?
Cascara is a word translated from Spanish meaning ‘husk’ or ‘peel;’ it is the skin of the coffee cherry and should not be confused with ‘Cascara Sagrada,’ a natural laxative. In the past, coffee beans were removed from the cherry during processing and many farmers would throw the Cascara into compost.
As of recent, studies have come out proving the many health benefits associated with consuming Coffee Cascara. It is rich in free-radical fighting antioxidants and contains many polyphenols like: proanthocyanidins, ferulic acid, chlorogenic acid, quinic acid and caffeic acid. It has anti-aging benefits and is the only food/drink next to chlorella(a blue algae) that aids in cellular regeneration. Coffee Cascara has proven to have 2x the potassium of a banana and 3x more iron than spinach and contains many anti-inflammatory properties. In recent studies, it has proven to boost the brains supply of BDNF(Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor). BDNF is a protein that keeps your brain “young” and is essential for maintaining healthy sleep patterns, healthy cognition and can aid in combating mental illnesses like depression and dementia. Coffee Cascara only contains 1/4 the caffeine of coffee, so it can be consumed at any time of the day.
Coffee Cascara can be milled into powder and used for baked goods or brewed as a tea. When brewed, it has a fruity flavour with hints of currant, mulberry, cranberry, cherry and raspberry.
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