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Old 02-17-2017, 08:11 AM
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Default Health benefits of coffee

Coffee often gets a bad rap, based on everything ranging from its caffeine content to the stains it leaves on your teeth. But the truth is that the benefits to this beverage far outweigh many of the perceived negatives associated with it. What’s often overlooked is the fact that coffee is so much more than just caffeine.

In its original form, it’s a whole food that contains a plethora of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. The key is knowing where to find high-quality coffee and how to avoid losing any of its health benefits by decreasing its nutrient content or adding harmful substances, like artificial ingredients.

Since I’ve been an expat living in places like Panama and Costa Rica, home of some of the best coffee in the world, I’ve had access to some of tastiest brews you’ll ever find. The availability of such amazing coffee beans makes opting for coffee an easy choice.

But here are a few reasons you should seek out delicious roasts no matter what part of the world you live in.

1. Drinking coffee helps you burn more calories.

In one Spanish study, athletes who drank the equivalent of 12 ounces of coffee before working out burned roughly 15% more calories for as much as three hours after exercising. Even if you don’t work out, drinking coffee has also been proven to boost your metabolism by 10 to 20%, for those who drink one to two cups per day.

2. Coffee improves your circulation.

Drinking a five ounce cup of coffee has been proven to cause a 30% boost in capillary blood flow, according to a Japanese study. This level of increased blood circulation results in better oxygenation of your body’s tissues which has a number of benefits, such as improved performance in physical activities.


3. Coffee may have a pain-reducing effect.

Research from the University of Illinois determined that two to three cups of coffee can decrease participants’ perceived level of pain, in this case following a workout. These findings were repeated in a University of Georgia study where participants reported a 48% decrease in muscle soreness, vs. 30% and 25% with naproxen and aspirin, respectively.

4. Drinking coffee can also improve your endurance.

Not only can coffee decrease your perceived level of pain during physical exertion, it can also decrease your perceived level of exertion. By reducing the amount of energy you feel you’re expending (by more than 5%), your exercise actually feels easier. As a result, drinking coffee before working out can improve exercise performance by more than 11%, since you feel like you’re exerting less energy.

5. Coffee helps preserve your muscle tissue.

When you drink coffee, your brain releases a substance called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which supports the powerhouse of your muscles. Without this essential factor, muscles are more likely to experience atrophy. Essentially, the caffeine in coffee helps stave off age-related strength loss, which can also reduce your risk of injuries.

6. Coffee makes you smarter.

In addition to the important chemicals coffee causes your brain to create, it’s also useful in blocking others, since as the inhibitory neurotransmitter Adenosine. This allows for the increase of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine, which improve the firing of your brain’s neurons. What results is an improvement in various areas of brain function, such as reaction times, vigilance, and general cognitive function.


7. It also improves your memory.


Another important brain function supported by coffee consumption, so important it’s worth mentioning separately, is enhanced memory. Drinking two eight-ounce cups of coffee per day has been proven to improve long-term memory.

8. Coffee lowers your risk for depression.

Coffee has also been linked to a lower rate of depression, especially in women. Those who consume as many as four eight-ounce cups per day have been found to lower their depression risk by as much as 20%. This lowered risk is due to the fact that coffee also has an impact on the production of brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine.

9. Coffee can reduce your risk of some cancers.

So far, coffee has been linked to a lowered risk for both liver and colorectal cancer, the world’s third and fourth most common. Coffee drinkers appear to be at a 40% lower risk for liver cancer and a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer if they drink four to five cups per day. Links have also been found between coffee drinkers and a lower risk of basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.

10. Coffee does NOT cause heart disease and may, in fact, reduce your risk.



Studies over the years have claimed that consuming caffeine can increase your blood pressure. While this is true, the effect has been determined to be quite small and generally only present in those who don’t drink coffee regularly. Studies have not supported the idea that coffee increases the risk of heart disease, and in fact there’s evidence that it can reduce the risk in some individuals, particularly in women. Coffee drinkers are also at a 20 percent lower risk of stroke.

11. Coffee also protects your liver.

In addition to preventing cancer of the liver, coffee has also been shown to prevent other common diseases affecting the liver, such as hepatitis and fatty liver disease. Coffee can also protect against cirrhosis of the liver, where the organ is majorly damaged by scar tissue, by as much as an 80% lower risk in people who drink four or more cups each day.

12. Coffee helps to combat gout.

Gout is a condition caused by an increase in uric acid in the blood. Drinking six cups of coffee lowered the risk of gout in men by a whopping 59%.

13. Drinking coffee can lower your risk of type 2 Diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes is an affliction that currently affects around 300 million people across the world. And coffee drinkers have the ability to reduce their risk with every cup of coffee they drink. Results from various studies seem to indicate around a 7% reduction in risk for every cup consumed, with the heaviest coffee drinkers lowering the risk by as much as 67%.

14. Coffee makes you feel less tired.

This benefit seems pretty obvious. It’s the reason many people turn to their morning cup of joe. And there’s no doubt coffee can give you that extra boost you need, especially when you’ve had insufficient sleep. This is due to the caffeine which acts as a stimulant that helps you feel more alert and focused. It also gives you a boost in energy and helps you keep going when you’re low on stamina.


15. Coffee can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s.


Studies at both the University of Miami and the University of South Florida have found a proven link between coffee consumption and a reduced risk in dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is one type. In fact, those who consumed around three cups each day were also 65% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Coffee drinkers also have a lower risk, around 32 to 60%, of developing Parkinson’s disease, another top neurodegenerative disease.

16. Drinking coffee may help you live longer.

While it’s uncertain in exactly what ways drinking coffee lowers your risk of death, there definitely seems to be a correlation. Research performed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) determined that people who drink three or more cups each day are at a 10% lower risk of death. Perhaps the most important ramification of this study is that drinking coffee does not seem to adversely affect your health, as earlier research seemed to indicate.

17. Coffee contains numerous nutrients and antioxidants.

There’s more to love about coffee than just the caffeine it contains. In fact, there’s much more. Coffee has been found to contain a tremendous amount of antioxidants. In fact, many people in Western culture get more antioxidants from coffee than they do from fruits and vegetables combined! Other important ingredients include riboflavin (11% of the RDA), potassium (3%), magnesium and niacin (2% each). These amounts are increased if you drink more than one cup per day.

18. Drinking coffee has the added benefit of promoting sustainability.

Recent years have seen the increasing popularity of fair trade coffee, which protects small coffee farmers worldwide. As fair trade organizations work to improve farmers’ rights and earning potential, they also promote social, economic, and environmental sustainability. They also encourage shade-grown and organic coffee, part of what makes the beans grown in places like Costa Rica superior to those you might get from larger commercial distributors.

19. Merely smelling coffee can make you feel less stressed.

There’s even good news for those of you who don’t prefer the taste of coffee. Researchers at the Seoul National University found that sleep-deprived rats who were exposed to the scent of coffee experienced a decrease in brain proteins that cause stress. It’s worth noting that this reduction in stress was tied specifically to stress resulting from sleep deprivation. For now.

20. It just makes you happier.

Being happy is healthy, right? And for those who love coffee, there’s nothing better than that familiar warmth and taste that gets you going each morning, or any time of the day.

Please go here for references. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lif...ts-coffee.html
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Old 03-01-2017, 05:26 PM
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woah!! another reason not to top drinking coffee lol
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:02 PM
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I always drink a couple of cups of coffee each morning, none again after that. I've been buying Kona Blend and Jamaican Blue Mt. from the natural market and grinding the beans in the store on their machine.

I currently have on order some Pure Kona coffee from Hawaii and bought a grinder for at home use from Bed, Bath and Beyond. So soon, for the first time ever, I'll grind my own beans and enjoy some pure Kona which hasn't been available in the markets by me is years.
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Another blog written by the coffee industry.
There is some benefit associated with drinking coffee however the damage far outweighs the good, with everything from heartbeat issues to death. Gary Null did a study on coffee and says to avoid it, and drink tea instead.
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Hello

I am new to the community and so far have truly enjoyed reading posts! We have started our journey to better health, just over a year ago.

In reply to coffee: I have learned to make my own "cold_brew" overnight, in a French Press. I've tried Jars w/ cloth filters and just find that too annoying.

I have been using organic beans from Peru, Mexico and Costa Rica. I will add a little organic, unfiltered dark maple syrup, my raw cream and raw cow milk, sometimes raw goat milk. I have THE BEST mornings to look forward to.

I was looking for ways to get most benefit from coffee.

Is it true or in your opinion that heating coffee takes out some of the nutrients? Does "cooking" the beans before selling them to us, also remove nutrients? Have you ever tried "raw" coffee beans? I just don't know yet how any of that works!

Thank you!
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2. Coffee improves your circulation.

Drinking a five ounce cup of coffee has been proven to cause a 30% boost in capillary blood flow, according to a Japanese study. This level of increased blood circulation results in better oxygenation of your body’s tissues which has a number of benefits, such as improved performance in physical activities.


yep anything that produces noradrenaline and boosts your heart for 5 hours by way of stimulating the adrenal glands is going to speed the blood going around the body, if you survive a heart attack normally the first question from a doctor is do you drink caffeine,
caffeine has exactly the same chemical effect in the body as cocaine and speed also inhibits absorption of many nutrients as well as serotonin .

a shower which drains all the serotonin from your blood within 30 minutes followed by a cup of coffee is the surest way to depression there ever was the official figures on caffeine intake causes forty per cent off all heart attacks and a WHO study they produced proved it reduces lifespan by 10 years some people only need drink 1 cup a day but the figures stated between 1-5 cups a day,
then you have cows milk also decreases lifespan by 10 years if you drink 3 glasses of milk a day according to another WHO study,

and then there is the claim that there is calcium in cows milk yep there is but its for calves not humans, it is in ionic form and this sticks to the stomach wall and does not get absorbed but it is a great way to produce mucus and then that allows bacteria to grow out of the reach of your immune system we also have the luxury of TB polio and cholera all provided by the loving cow and it goes on and on but this is about coffee isn't it LOL
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I like coffee and thats another reason to drink it everyday
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I've never tried coffee. I think I might try it. The coffee bean has been around a lot longer than most things in the grocery section of the store. It's a bean.
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:47 PM
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Which is better: coffee or black tea?

Is there a way to drink tea without using a tea bag to make it?
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too much of anything is bad
source your nutrition wisely
coffee can be addictive, never sleep on that fact
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is it true that it helps to prevent prostate cancer?
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Coffee always gets a bad wrap because it's addictive properties and it's links to poor health. But honestly it's only unhealthy for the sugar and cream put in there. I usually just drink my coffee black and honestly for a 9-5er it's absolutely necessary if i want to have any energy at all in my off-time.
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I have a problem that while i take coffee at night l can not go to sleep longer. what is the cause behind that. do you have any idea? that is why i do not take coffee regular.
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Coffee has caffeine in it, which keeps you awake, that's why most people drink it in the morning and not at night.

Years ago when I was working the swing or graveyard shift, I found myself drinking coffee on my breaks, then when I went home from work and tried to go to sleep right away, it was almost impossible.

I only have one or two cups in the morning and none the rest of the day. Too much coffee makes me feel nervous and sometimes gives me heartburn.
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Drinking more coffee may undo liver damage from booze.

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- Drinking more coffee might help reduce the kind of liver damage that’s associated with overindulging in food and alcohol, a review of existing studies suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nine previously published studies with a total of more than 430,000 participants and found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44% lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis.
“Cirrhosis is potentially fatal and there is no cure as such,” said lead study author Dr. Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University in the U.K.
“Therefore, it is significant that the risk of developing cirrhosis may be reduced by consumption of coffee, a cheap, ubiquitous and well-tolerated beverage,” Kennedy added by email.
Cirrhosis kills more than one million people every year worldwide. It can be caused by hepatitis infections, excessive alcohol consumption, immune disorders, and fatty liver disease, which is tied to obesity and diabetes.
Kennedy and colleagues did a pooled analysis of average coffee consumption across earlier studies to see how much adding two additional cups each day might influence the odds of liver disease.
Combined, the studies included 1,990 patients with cirrhosis.
In eight of the nine studies analyzed, increasing coffee consumption by two cups a day was associated with a significant reduction in the risk of cirrhosis.
In all but one study, the risk of cirrhosis continued to decline as daily cups of coffee climbed.
Compared to no coffee consumption, researchers estimated one cup a day was tied to a 22% lower risk of cirrhosis. With two cups, the risk dropped by 43%, while it declined 57% for three cups and 65% with four cups.
But the results still leave some unresolved questions.
One study, for example, found a stronger link between coffee consumption and reduced cirrhosis risk with filtered coffee than with boiled coffee.
And, while the studies accounted for alcohol consumption, not all them accounted for other cirrhosis risk factors like obesity and diabetes, the authors note in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, online January 25.
Patients also shouldn’t take the findings to mean loading up on frothy caramel lattes packed with sugar and topped with whipped cream is a good way to prevent liver disease, Kennedy cautioned. It’s also not clear exactly how coffee might lead to a healthier liver, or whether the type of beans or brewing method matter.
“Coffee is a complex mixture containing hundreds of chemical compounds, and it is unknown which of these is responsible for protecting the liver,” Kennedy said
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