Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Coffee Promotes Brain, Eye, Breast, Heart, Stomach and Liver health- Whew!

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My sanity returns with a cup of coffee. I will shout my lungs out, my kids and even the neighbors know that I had missed my cup of coffee (just kidding). And once I had my fill I am the sweetest, most well behaved person you will ever see in the universe.

So there must be something special about coffee, right? Let us begin our adventurous journey into the unknown coffee realm.

Health benefits in your cup of coffee

Studies have found that coffee consumption lowers the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer. A small study found that drinking coffee improved small blood vessel function.

Scientists unexpectedly found that coffee contains N-methylpyridium which blocks the ability of stomach cells to produce hydrochloric acid and could be a magic formula to prevent stomach irritation. This compound is generated upon roasting. The darker the roasted color of the coffee bean the more the goodness of this stomach friendly substance.

Coffee good for breast cancer

Scientists say that coffee reduces antiestrogen resistant estrogen receptor -negative breast cancer. If this sounds Greek and Latin have a word with your doctor.

Researchers say that coffee could decrease the risk of breast cancer recurring in patients taking the used drug Tamoxifen. Patients who took the pill along with two or more cups of coffee daily, reported less than half the rate of cancer recurrence, says one research study.

The goodness of coffee continues

Coffee may protect against endometrial cancer. Caffeinated coffee may reduce the risk of oral cancer. A daily cup of coffee prevents deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging and diabetes. In short coffee is good for your eye health. A recent study has found that decaffeinated coffee may promote liver health. 

Coffee and the brain

An international group of scientists has found way back in 2008 that coffee aroma kick starts genes in the brain and increases its efficiency. 

Decaffeinated coffee boosts memory function. An intriguing finding says that 3 cups of coffee a day enjoyed by older adults can keep Alzheimer’s disease at arm’s length. Coffee along with a sweet treat can improve brain efficiency so says a University of Barcelona research study.

Take away,

Wow! That’s an awful lot of reasons to vote for the freshly brewed cup of coffee. But remember, moderation is the best practice. While you enjoy your cup of piping hot coffee, listen to the Coffee Song by Frank Sinatra.

Take care,

Swarnam