Tuesday, April 12, 2011

coffee health

In terms of coffee health I am a regular drinker of cheap coffee. So am  interested in health benefits of coffee and after researching this post was amazed at the amount of benefits especially for the brain.

Below are coffee health benefits summarised from wiki.

Reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease and Dementia
Several studies found that those who drank more coffee were significantly less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease later in life and found that moderate coffee drinkers had reduced risk of developing dementia

Reduced risk of gallstone disease
Drinking caffeinated coffee has been correlated with a lower incidence of gallstones and gallbladder disease in both men and women. A recent study showed that roast coffee protected primary neuronal cells against hydrogen peroxide-induced cell death.

Reduced risk of Parkinson's disease
A study comparing heavy coffee drinkers (3.5 cups a day) with non-drinkers found that the coffee drinkers were significantly less likely to contract Parkinson's disease later in life.

Cognitive performance
Many people drink coffee for its ability to increase short term recall. Likewise, in tests of simple reaction time, choice reaction time, incidental verbal memory, and spatial reasoning, participants who regularly drank coffee were found to perform better on all tests,

Painkillers enhancement
Coffee contains caffeine, which increases the effectiveness of pain killers, especially migraine and headache medications. For this reason, many over-the-counter headache drugs include caffeine in their formula.

Coffee intake may reduce one's risk of diabetes mellitus type 2 by up to half. While this was originally noticed in patients who consumed high amounts (7 cups a day), the relationship was later shown to be linear.

Liver protection
Coffee can also reduce the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver and has been linked to a reduced risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, a primary liver cancer that usually arises in patients with preexisting cirrhosis.

Coffee consumption is also correlated to a reduced risk of oral, esophageal, and pharyngeal cancer.

Coffee moderately reduces the incidence of dying from cardiovascular disease

Coffee is also a powerful stimulant for peristalsis and is sometimes considered to prevent constipation. However, coffee can also cause excessively loose bowel movements. The stimulative effect of coffee consumption on the colon is found in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.
Practitioners in alternative medicine often recommend coffee enemas for "cleansing of the colon" due to its stimulus of peristalsis.. This is something I have tried and was an interesting experience.

Coffee contains the anticancer compound methylpyridinium. This compound is not present in significant amounts in other food materials. Methylpyridinium is not present in raw coffee beans but is formed during the roasting process from trigonelline, which is common in raw coffee beans. It is present in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, and even in instant coffee. A recent study shows that roast coffee contains more lipophilic antioxidants and chlorogenic acid lactones and are more protective against hydrogen peroxide-induced cell death in primary neuronal cells than green coffee.

Prevention of dental caries
The tannins in coffee may reduce the cariogenic potential of foods. So reduce plaque formation.

Coffee consumption decreased risk of gout in men over age 40.

In research of affect on health of coffee the worst factor that I could find is the affect of pesticides in the production of coffee. So it would be better to get organic coffee if you can afford it.


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