Category Archives: Coffee Health

Coffee Myths Debunked

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Coffee has numerous myths surrounding it, and it’s hard to weed them out from the old wives’ tales and those that have actually been proved true. Here, however, is a list of coffee myths that have been debunked by research and science. Pour yourself another cup of coffee, and get ready to appreciate your java even more than you already do.

Coffee Causes Insomnia – Myth

It takes between four and five hours for your body to process and remove caffeine consumed, so that cup of coffee you like to drink every afternoon will not keep you up all night. That said, it’s wise to not consume caffeinated coffee six hours before bedtime. Of course drinking coffee late at night will keep you awake; that’s not rocket science. But drink in the afternoon to your heart’s content. Continue reading

More Evidence that Coffee Promotes a Healthy Heart

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We have discussed numerous times and posted several studies that suggest coffee helps maintain a healthy heart, but we can’t emphasize the greatness of coffee enough. When new evidence and new studies appear, we have to share. Coffee is indeed good for you and your heart, and even more evidence has come to light on this topic.

The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to studying how coffee affects health, submitted a detailed report to the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation at their 2015 meeting that listed several recent studies regarding coffee and heart health. One study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology (that we happily pointed out) found that drinking three to five cups of coffee per day could reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 21%.  Continue reading

Coffee Consumption May Prevent Liver Cancer

coffee-beans-with-cup-of-coffeeAnd we have yet another wonderful, healthy reason to consume coffee: a new study has found that drinking coffee may prevent liver cancer.

The study was led by the London, UK-based World Cancer Research Fund International, which was studying the affects of nutrition and diet on liver cancer. In particular,  the research focused on alcohol causing liver cancer, of which the results were disturbing (consuming three alcohol drinks a day is enough to cause liver cancer).

Conversely, during the study, the team found that coffee consumption reduces the risk of developing liver cancer. “Both coffee and coffee extracts have also been shown to reduce the expression of genes involved in inflammation, and the effects appear to be most pronounced in the liver,” the study explained. Continue reading

Did You Know Coffee Naps are the Best Naps?

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Take a nap after drinking coffee? What? Isn’t coffee supposed to keep you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed awake?

Scientists have found that taking what they call a “coffee nap” will make you rest better and consequently feel better in the process.

The theory behind it is this: when the caffeine enters your brain from the bloodstream, it tries to fit into the neuroreceptors in your neurons. These particular receptors fit the neurotransmitter adrenosine, which normally makes you sleepy. After drinking coffee, the caffeine will compete with the adrenosine for these receptors. It’s able to boot out most of the adrenosine, but not all, hence why you may still feel sluggish after drinking coffee.

The kicker is that after you sleep for 15-20 minutes, a/k/a take a power nap, your brain flushes out the adrenosine. If you sleep longer, then you will plummet into deeper stages of sleep, which are much more difficult to recover from than the coveted power nap.

So since it takes 20 minutes for caffeine to leave your bloodstream and enter your brain, the theory is that if you drink coffee, and then take a nap, your power nap will flush out the adrenosine, leaving more receptors open for the caffeine to attach to. When you wake up, you’ll feel far more refreshed since the adrenosine is gone, and you’ll feel more awake and alert with the extra caffeine hooked into your neurons.

Seems pretty ingenious, right?

Curious to try it out? Here’s how:

  1. Drink coffee, and do it quickly.
  2. As soon as you finish, try to nap. Remember, you don’t have to go completely to sleep to get the effects of a power nap.
  3. Wake up within 20 minutes. Anything longer than that, and you will dive into REM sleep. You want to be awake when the caffeine hits your brain.

Obviously, decaf coffee won’t help you with a power nap. You can still take a power nap with decaf, but it won’t technically be a coffee nap without the added caffeine. Sodas won’t work as well either, as they have too much sugar to let you settle down enough to nap.

Are you Not Drinking Enough Coffee?

Are you drinking enough coffee?

Are you drinking this many cups a day?

This seems like an impossible question, right? Of COURSE you are drinking enough coffee. It’s your lifeblood. You’re undoubtedly drinking enough.

According to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, you may not be. The committee is a panel of academics and scientists who advise US agencies on various topics, and these agencies do include the Food and Drug Administration as well as the Department of Agriculture. The committee has determined that drinking coffee is indeed good for you (hooray!), but you should drink 3-5 cups of coffee a day to obtain the full benefits of the beverage. Most Americans, they found, drink only 1.7 cups a day.

The committee has determined that consuming 3-5 cups of coffee per day:

1. Does not have long-term health risks.

In fact, those who say that coffee has long-term health risks have been proved wrong time and time again with current research.

2. Reduces the risk of heart disease.

According to recent research, coffee reduces lower heart and stroke risk factors such as heart rhythm disturbances and arrhythmia.

3. Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Coffee is a natural diabetes fighter, but if you add sugar to your coffee, you aren’t helping fight diabetes in the slightest.

4. May protect against Parkinson’s disease.

We’ve gone over this before in a previous blog post, so we won’t rehash it here. But if you’re curious how this is possible, visit the link above.

5. Can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern.

According to committee member Tom Brenna, “Coffee’s good stuff. I don’t want to get into implying coffee cures cancer—nobody thinks that. But there is no evidence for increased risk, if anything, the other way around.”

In other words, turn your brewer back on and pour yourself another cup of coffee. Chances are, you haven’t had your required dosage today.

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