New Coffee Research - and the Benefits for Disease Prevention
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Coffee and Disease Prevention
Researcher continue to find many more healthy benefits from drinking a good cup of coffee. Sometimes just a sniff is good enough to provide benefits, according to researchers in South Korea.
It's important to remember that all coffee is not the same. See links below to find the differences between Arabica and Robusta, a light roast and a dark roast and how to order a good cup of coffee.
What diseases are considered preventable by drinking coffee?
Coffee has an effect on cancer. Researchers at the National Institute of Health (NIH) have found that coffee seems to lower the risk of endometrial cancer, skin cancer and colon cancer. As far as colon cancer, it is believed that coffee helps reduce the length of time food waste remains in the colon. Studies have been done with women and men, both coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers.
Research done at a Buffalo university showed that premenopausal women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by as much as 40 percent. It is believed that the polyphenol compounds found in coffee help to thwart tumor growth fueled by estrogen.
Why do we keep hearing about new healthy benefits found in coffee?
Probably because it has been found that coffee has about 1,000 compounds but only a few have been studied. This is just the beginning of ongoing research. You will likely continue to read and hear about the healthy benefits of coffee.
What other diseases are preventable with coffee?
More research at NIH showed that coffee can help older women and men with chronic diseases reduce the risk of dying from these diseases. This includes liver damage, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as pneumonia.
Also, a university in Boston studied 100,000 women and found that those that drink coffee are 30 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. It is believed that caffeine in coffee makes insulin more effective, which in turn, slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream.
For heart disease, coffee is believed to have heart healthy benefits because it is full of heart healthy protective antioxidants.
What about the research from S. Korea and the benefits of a sniff?
If coffee gives you the jitters and you just can't tolerate it, the aroma, as many of us coffee drinkers know, can have a very calming effect. A deep inhale of the aroma turns on genes that help relieve anxiety which results in the very high production of stress-reducing antioxidants.
What if I just can't stand coffee?
Please note that if you have tried but just don't like coffee, it may be the type of coffee you are drinking. If you have guzzled commercial java at work or have made coffee using the ground products found on the supermarket shelf you are not reaping the benefits of a real cup of coffee. Those are the coffees that are likely to leave you with the jitters and they can be addictive. They are usually made from the cheaper Robusta beans which are higher in caffeine content than Arabica beans.
What is meant about all coffees not being the same?
Think of all the benefits we are now hearing about derived from chocolate. We have lived on milk chocolate candy for decades. But it is only the dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa that has benefits. All chocolate is not beneficial no more than is all coffee. Ideally you should grind your own coffee beans so coffee will be as fresh as possible. I have a grinder and prefer a French Press. It is also always Arabica.
Best of all is being able to roast your own beans or having it done for you.
See the links below for information about coffee (as well as dark chocolate).
Tip: My daughter-in-law told me that just a bit of coffee in the morning will help me with digestion. During the time I had back problems, and was generally falling apart, I found this did work. Who needs constipation when you are howling in pain? This can very well confirm the research showing coffee's benefit with colon cancer prevention.
Note: For the healthiest results, and less calories, leave out the sugar and milk.
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Coffee And Chocolate
- How to Choose The Right Coffee Beans
Do you know the difference between Arabica and Robusta coffee beans? Which are you most likely to find on the supermarket shelf and why?
- How to Order a Cup of Coffee
Thinking about ordering a cup of coffee? Will you know how to figure out the caffeine content?And which part of the coffee world appeals to you most? Different parts of the world produce difference beans and therefore taste.
- Dark Chocolate Helps to Fight Hunger
Dark chocolate helps fight hunger. It also has many health benefits.
- How Dark Chocolate Can Lower High Blood Pressure
Studies continue to show that adding chocolate to our diet can help lower blood pressure. It must, however, be the right kind of chocolate.