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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

How Coffee Helps Your Brain Stay Healthy

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It’s popular to hate on coffee and caffeine in a few health circles, but there’s been plenty of evidence that coffee and caffeine do a body good, especially your brain. The key is moderation, the same rule that governs most of the wonderful things in our lives.

But here is what caffeine does for our brains:

Kickstarts our memory. That jolt you get from coffee does more than make you a bit more alert; it actually briefly kickstarts your mental processing. Caffeine accomplishes this by binding to the neurotransmitter that causes sleepiness and preventing it from attaching to the receptors.

Inhibits Inflammation. Polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant that prevents osteoporosis, cancer, and heart disease, are in coffee. There’s also some evidence that these polyphenols in coffee reduce inflammation in the cortex and hippocampus of the brain.

Protects against Alzheimer’s. With this inflammation inhibition, the effects also help stave off Alzheimer’s, something we’ve discussed before. A study has found that those who consistently consume 3-5 cups of a coffee a day could have as much as a 20% decrease in developing Alzheimer’s.

Improves brain function for a lifetime. A study from the National Institute on Aging found that men and women over the age of 70 performed better on mental functioning tests if they consumed caffeine first.

Obviously, caffeine won’t prevent aging or the lovely side effects that comes with the process of life, but studies are showing that a healthy dose of caffeine each day can delay the inevitable for far longer. And in doing so can create a more optimal life in your golden years.

Have you had your cup or two of coffee today?

Coffee May be Good for Your Eyes

procaffinating_funny_coffee_mug-ree3a558b3445498da5106ccb17de41c5_x7jg9_8byvr_512Ever think that you can see things and read things better after that first cup of coffee in the morning? There may be a reason for that, and it’s not just because you’re finally awake after your first sips of coffee. According to a new study from Cornell University, coffee helps prevent deteriorating eyesight.

The study claims that raw coffee contains roughly 1% caffeine and about 7-9% chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that prevents the retinas from degenerating in mice.

The retina is a thin layer of tissue that rests on the back wall of your eye. It’s responsible for detecting color and it holds the optic nerve cells that receive and interpret what you see. The retina is one of the most metabolically active tissues in your body, so it is prone to oxidative stress. Continue reading

April is National Pecan Month

April is National Pecan Month, and naturally, we’re going to suggest you celebrate this month dedicated to that tasty nut with pecan-flavored coffee. We just happen to have a delicious pecan-flavored K-cup by Green Mountain.

If you prefer to eat your pecans instead of drink them, we have a few recommendations.

For those who love pecan pie, Priesters has an incredible pecan pie you can get delivered right to your door. Their inventory includes traditional pecan pies, mini pecan pies, and even chocolate pecan pies.

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Coffee May Help with Memory

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Move over, gingko biloba. Why take an herbal remedy to help you with your memory when that cup of coffee you enjoy every morning does the same thing?

New research from Johns Hopkins University and the University of California in Irvine has found that those who drink at least two cups of coffee (caffeinated, sorry decaf-lovers) may be able to better develop certain types of memories than those who don’t.

They recruited young adults who don’t usually drink much coffee — less than 500 milligrams of caffeine a week, or about five cups of coffee — and who hadn’t had any before the experiment. The volunteers were shown lots of pictures of objects, such as a seahorse, a basket, and a saxophone, and then asked whether each picture depicted an indoor or outdoor item. Soon after looking at the pictures, the volunteers took a pill containing either 200 milligrams of caffeine (which is equivalent to about two cups of coffee) or a placebo.

When the participants returned to the lab the following day, they were given images and asked to label the ones they saw the day before. Some of the images included blatantly obvious additions, but others had extremely subtle differences. Continue reading

Coffee Can Help Reduce Risk of Diabetes

enjoy-coffeeWe’ve mentioned before how coffee can be good for you, such as reducing risk of stroke and fighting depression. New studies suggest that coffee can also decrease the risk of diabetes.

Researchers have found that those who drink at least two cups of coffee a day have a 12 percent reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Even decaffeinated coffee helps reduce the risk. albeit not as much as the full-blown version.

However, this positive effect was not found in study participants who were already overweight. One of the most common risk factors for Type 2 diabetes is one’s weight, and this factor is so great, not even the wonder of coffee can help.

So why does coffee seem to help prevent diabetes? Continue reading

10 Reasons to Drink Coffee Every Day

Coffee Causes HappinessIf you’re reading this blog, chances are you don’t need reasons to drink coffee. You’re probably reading this while sipping coffee. But if you want to have reasons tucked away in your brain for the next time someone tells you to cut down on coffee, read on, learn, and store to memory.

1. Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than any thing else.

Fruits and veggies have a lot of antioxidants, but humans absorb more from coffee than fruits or vegetables.

2. The smell of coffee is a de-stresser.

A research team at Seoul National University discovered that exposing sleep-deprived rats to coffee aromas changed their brain proteins linked to stress. In other words, the smell of coffee lowers stress when it’s caused by sleep deprivation. But isn’t that the biggest reason why we are stressed?

3. Coffee reduces the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

A recent study found that drinking coffee helps people with Parkinson’s disease control their movement. The lead author, Ronald Postuma, MD said, “Studies have shown that people who use caffeine are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, but this is one of the first studies in humans to show that caffeine can help with movement symptoms for people who already have the disease.” Continue reading

Drinking coffee or green tea daily could reduce your risk of stroke

Green TeaThat title got your attention, didn’t it? As well it should. A recently published study has found that by consuming coffee or green tea daily could reduce your risk of stroke by as much as 20 percent.

“This is the first large-scale study to examine the combined effects of both green tea and coffee on stroke risks,” Dr. Yoshihiro Kokubo, chief doctor in the department of preventive cardiology at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan, said via press release. “You may make a small but positive lifestyle change to help lower the risk of stroke by adding daily green tea to your diet.”

With green tea in particular, the researchers found that those who drink two to three cups of green tea per day reduce their risk for a stroke by 14 percent, and those who drink four or more cups a day cut the risk down to 20 percent. Additionally, they learned that green tea drinkers were also more likely to exercise than non-drinkers, which, as we know, also helps reduce our stroke risk.

They also found that those who drink at least one cup of coffee or two cups of green tea daily lower their risk by 32 percent of having an intracerebral hemorrhage, which causes nearly 13 percent of all strokes.

“The regular action of drinking tea, coffee, largely benefits cardiovascular health because it partly keeps blood clots from forming,” Kokubo explained.

Before you go too crazy with drinking green tea and coffee, however, know that a cup of coffee or tea in Japan is only six ounces. While adding a cup or two of coffee and green tea has been found to be beneficial to your health, going overboard can be just as bad.

That said, have you had your green tea or cup of coffee today?