- Aging & Longevity
Have We Finally Found The Fountain Of Youth?
Can Coffee Actually Stop the Aging Process?
Coffee, which has been looked upon as a bad habit for years, has been elevated to "super food status."
According to Ori Hofmekler, author of Unlocking The Muscle Gene, drinking coffee can actually "stop the aging process" by activating Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF)
Scientists say they may have finally found the fountain of youth.
We all have BDNF in our brains lying dormant in our brains. Once the BDNF switch is flipped on, stem cells are converted to neurons; sick, damaged and cancerous cells are repaired, and the aging process comes to a halt. These scientists are not saying BDNF slows down the aging process; they are actually saying BDNF stops the aging process and our brain is kept young.
Very good quality bird friendly, whole bean coffee
Dunkin Donuts a fountain of youth?
The average American drinks about 10 lbs of coffee per year. If drinking coffee ends the aging process, I think we would have noticed by now.
But wait a minute. It isn't just plain old coffee that does the trick: for endless youth, it takes "special" coffee. Wouldn't ya know it?
How special? How about "caffeinated, mycotoxin free, arabic, whole bean, certified organic, shade grown, bird friendly, wet milled coffee." Is that special enough for you?
Last time I looked, Starbucks wasn't serving that kind of coffee.
Amazingly, this kind of coffee can be obtained.
It turns out that one of the big problems with the wrong kind of coffee it comes tainted with molds and funguses. That's where the mycotoxins come from. Mycotoxins are bad for you, really bad.
Did you ever have a really bitter cup of coffee that you had to douse with sugar just, so it's palatable? The bitterness is mostly due to mycotoxins. The more bitter the coffee the more mycotoxins that are present.
Mycotoxins have potential to cause all kinds of health problems:
high blood pressure,
cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)
and smooth Muscle disease.
Smooth muscles are composed of non-striated muscle. They are involuntary muscles that are not consciously controlled, found within blood vessels such as tunica media and and small arteries, arterioles and veins In the lymphatic vessels the urinary bladder, uterus, male and female reproductive tracts, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, skin, the ciliary muscle, and iris of the eye. (which can lead to glaucoma)
Unlike the fungi that produces mycotoxins, mycotoxins are not alive and therefore cannot be killed or neutralized. Extreme heat and freezing does not kill mycotoxins.
Dry roasting process promotes mycotoxins
Coffee cherries grow on trees. When the cherries are bright red they are ripe and ready to harvest. The coffee beans are the seeds inside the cherry. There are three sets of skin and a layer of pulp protecting these seeds.
The coffee seeds inside the cherries need to be extracted before roasting. This is done by drying the whole coffee cherry in the sun until the fruit around the seeds deteriorate and the seeds are exposed. During the many weeks of this process mold and fungus form on the coffee cherries and seeds; the molds and fungus excrete the mycotoxins.
Some dry roasted coffees have more mycotoxins than others. The lower-quality, cheaper coffees are the highest in mycotoxins.
Is finding the right quality coffee worth the trouble?
Knowing the potential problems of mycotoxins is scary, but finding quality coffee is worth it.
Antioxidants In Coffee Fight Disease
Coffee is chock-full of antioxidants.
These antioxidants have the potential to:
lower depression risk in women,
reduce risk of prostate cancer,
ward off basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer),
reduce risk of parkinson disease, alzheimers disease and even reduce tooth decay.
Chlorgenic acids found in coffee also helps:
reduce blood pressure, which can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease,
improve blood vessel circulation,
regulate blood sugar levels,
protect from type 2 diabetes
and reduces oxidative stress.
Oxidative Stress: Why We Get Old
Oxidative stress is one reason we get old. Wrinkly, saggy skin is the outward manifestation of what is happening inside our bodies. Oxygen, the very thing that keeps us alive, contributes to our destruction. (We will talk more about how to avoid oxidative stress in future posts.) Just as an apple turns brown when exposed to oxygen, so do our bodies. Antioxidants work by fighting off free radicals (that is, oxidants) in our body.
Free radicals are molecules that have a missing electron. These free radicals desperately want to restore their missing electrons and will resort to stealing other electrons to do so. They bounce around inside our bodies creating havoc and stealing electrons from other molecules, which disrupts those molecules and turns them into radicals. On and on, it goes, a chain reaction that only antioxidants can quench.
Antioxidants are the peacemakers with electrons to spare, neutralizing free radicals by providing them with the electrons they crave and making them whole again.
Fighting Fat With Coffee
Chlorgenic acid in coffee when combined with caffeine aids in weight loss. Recent research suggests that coffee increases your metabolism by up to 20 percent. Decaffeinated coffee will not help with weight loss.
The Perfect Quality Coffee And How to Find It
Arabica coffee is superior.
There are two species of coffee: Arabica coffee and Robusta.
Arabica coffee will not only give you the health benefits you are looking for but a rich full-bodied gourmet flavor.
The higher the altitude coffee is grown, between 4,000 and 6,000 feet, the better quality the coffee, and the lower the mycotoxin level.
Robusta is grown in lower elevations and is not so big on health benefits. Despite the much higher caffeine content in Robusta coffee beans, the lower elevations in which Robusta Coffee is grown promotes a high mycotoxin content.
Often times Robusta beans are blended with Arabica coffee to keep down the cost, so avoid blended coffees.
Caffeine in its natural state, that is, coffee, cocoa beans and tea leaves is not something to be worried about. Caffeine actually protects coffee from mycotoxins. (Also, as mentioned above, caffeine in combination with chlorigenic acid aids weight loss.)
Beware of caffeine in sports drinks and sodas because it is usually synthetic caffeine rather than natural caffeine. Synthetic caffeine has the potential to cause glutamate re-uptake, (brain cells called mitochondria which actually turn inside-out. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) can also cause this.) That's a bad thing.
Whole Coffee Beans Only:
Never buy coffee that is already ground. Coffee starts to turn rancid half an hour after grinding. In less than a week's time your ground coffee is thoroughly rancid.
When you purchase ground coffee from the grocery store the only thing that is left of the coffee is the caffeine; everything else that might have benefited your health has been destroyed by rancidity.
Shade Grown Coffee
Shade grown coffee is superior to coffee grown in sunny fields. Shade grown coffee grows slower, has less caffeine and is higher in antioxidants. You'll like the taste much more, too.
It's hard to know what's shade grown and what isn't because there is no official oversight of coffee farmers.
Look for "Rainforest Alliance Certified" or better yet "Bird Friendly," which is always organic.
Contrary to popular belief, the darker the coffee the less bitter.
One of the most important things to look for in quality coffee is Wet Milled coffee.
Wet Milled Process (this is what you want)
Wet milled process coffee uses far less time and rinses the beans, lowering the mycotoxins.
In the wet milled process, the fruit covering the seed is first removed. This is a more expensive method and requires equipment and lots of water.
The cherries are then fermented for 24 to 36 hours and then washed.
The beans are then dried in the sun on large patios or in special drying machines.
This is preferable to the dry roasting method because the cherries that give rise to molds and fungi are removed as a first step.
What you've been waiting for: Recommended Coffee
The best coffee you want, wet milled, bird friendly(which is always certified organic), arabic coffee,whole bean coffee. [ search "Birds and Beans" coffee]. This is my first choice.
Caveat: Coffee drunk in excess can be taxing on your adrenal glands.
Ori's recommended dose of coffee is one cup of black coffee per day.
That's what I drink, one HUGE mug. I love it!
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