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COFFEE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

A EuroPRevent session report by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee highlights the potential role of coffee consumption in reducing CVD mortality risk

24 June, 2015 Drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day could cut an individual’s cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality risk by up to 21%, according to research highlighted in a EuroPRevent session report published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee Continue reading COFFEE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

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COFFEE AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most frequent cause of dementia. It is estimated that between 50-70% of people with dementia suffer from AD. In addition, approximately one person out of twenty over the age of 65 suffers from AD, as opposed to less than one person in a thousand under the age of 65. Approximately 26 million people suffer from AD.  By 2025, the percentage of people in the EU aged over 65 is predicted to rise from 15.4% of the population to 22.4%, which is likely to correlate with a rise in AD.

In 2014 Alzheimer Europe published an updated systematic review of papers reporting the prevalence of dementia.  The authors concluded that for the majority of age groups Continue reading COFFEE AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

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6 BENEFITS OF DRINKING COFFEE

Taking the benefits of coffee any further requires being patient-specific, but findings apply to a broad range of populations and conditions:

1.    If you have fatty liver disease, a study from last December found that unspecified amounts can reduce your risk of fibrosis.

2.    If you’re on a road trip, you may respond like the 24 volunteers for an experiment from February who were subjected to two hours of simulated “monotonous highway driving,” Continue reading 6 BENEFITS OF DRINKING COFFEE

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6 BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA

STIMULATING DRINK

Green tea can perk you up due to the caffeine it contains.  This caffeine is from a natural source and completely different from the caffeine found in soft drinks and in smaller amounts than what is contained in a cup of coffee. It can serve as a healthy replacement for coffee and other “energy” drinks.

HYDRATES THE BODY

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HOW TO DECAF COFFEE

Coffee beans can be decaffeinated by two methods.  The water process and the solvent process.

In the “water process” green beans are soaked in hot water for 10 minutes to 2 hours.  In addition to leeching out most of the caffeine, this process removes most of the compounds that give coffee its flavour.  Manufactures then have to return as much of the lost flavour compounds as possible.  After soaking, the caffeine-laced water is drawn off and the caffeine is removed.  There are two ways to do this.

The water is mixed with a caffeine-specific solvent such as methylene chloride or ethyl acetate.

WHAT IS METHYLENE CHLORIDE?

Methylene chloride is a highly volatile result of industrial emissions.  It can be used as a paint stripper, degreaser, aerosol spray propellant and a blowing agent for polyurethane foams.  It is metabolized by the body to carbon monoxide and can potentially lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.  Prolonged skin contact can result in dissolving of some of the fatty tissues in skin, resulting in skin irritation or chemical burns.  Acute exposure by inhalation has resulted in optic neuropathy and hepatitis.  It has been linked to cancer of the lungs, liver and pancreas in laboratory animals.  It also crosses the placenta.  Fetal toxicity in women who are exposed to it during pregnancy, however, has not been proven.  In animal experiments, it was fetal toxic.

WHAT IS ETHYL ACETATE?

Ethyl acetate is a flammable colourless liquid with a fruity odour.  It is used as a solvent for varnishes, lacquers, dry cleaning, stains, fats and nitrocellulose.  It is released during the production of artificial silk and leather, and during the preparation of photographic films and plates.  It is released during the manufacture of linoleum, and “plastic” wood, dyes, pharmaceuticals, drug intermediates, acetic acid, artificial fruit flavourings and essences, and perfumes and fragrances.  Ethyl acetate is used as a solvent in nail polish remover, base coats and other manicuring products.  Short term exposure to high levels of ethyl acetate results first in irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, followed by headache, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness and unconsciousness.  Very high concentrations may cause stupor.  Prolonged exposure may cause damage to the lungs and heart, and kidney and liver problems.

The caffeinated water can also pass over acid-treated carbon filters to which the caffeine binds.  The liquid is then returned to the beans, which reabsorb some of the favour compounds (and the chemicals in the water).  After this step, the beans are dried and shipped to roasters.

SOLVENT PROCESS

So called solvent processing is more direct.  The green coffee beans are washed with a caffeine solvent (again either methylene chloride or ethyl acetate) in tubs or rotating drums.  The caffeine is then filtered from the liquid solvent.  Because this process is relatively fast more of the flavour compounds are usually retained.

After the caffeine-laden solvent is removed, the beans are processed with steam to remove most (but not all) of the residual solvent.  In 1985 the Food and Drug administration ruled that there was no risk in drinking solvent-processed decaffeinated coffee.

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WHAT IS ROOIBOS TEA AND WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME?

There has been a lot of hype lately about Rooibus or Red Tea but, what exactly is it?  Rooibus tea comes from the South African Red Bush which grows in the Cedarberg Mountains neat Cape Town, South African.  Like your favourite black and green teas, red tea is loaded with antioxidants with the added benefit of being naturally decaffeinated.  Continue reading WHAT IS ROOIBOS TEA AND WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME?

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LOW ACID COFFEE. WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME?

Most people can’t start the day without their morning cup of java but for some people, regular coffee may cause heartburn or stomach upset.  For those who don’t want to give up coffee drinking, switching to a low acid coffee may be the answer.

Gastrointestinal problems are PH sensitive, which means that the tissue lining the stomach and throat are now more sensitive to acid compounds, which it would normally Continue reading LOW ACID COFFEE. WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME?

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CAFFEINE AND YOUR BRAIN

The full story of caffeine’s effect in your brain is still only partially understood by pharmacologists and physicians.  Although caffeine is probably the most studied drug in history, the effort to penetrate its mysteries still continues.  Animal studies are problematic because rats, mice, cats, dogs and monkeys process caffeine very differently from each other and very differently from human beings.  Human studies are just as problematic because of individual responses to caffeine and differences in the rate it’s metabolized by different people at different times.  And finally there is the unique problem that because almost everyone already uses caffeine, it is difficult to determine what they would be like without it. Continue reading CAFFEINE AND YOUR BRAIN

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COFFEE: 17 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW

1.      You don’t need coffee when you first wake up.  Your body naturally produces cortisol which helps you feel alert and awake.

2.     Coffee isn’t actually that dehydrating.  Studies have shown that urine output isn’t significantly changed when a person drinks a caffeinated beverage, rather than something non-caffeinated like water.

3,     Coffee’s magical powers were first realized through goats.  Ethiopian goat herders Continue reading COFFEE: 17 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW

Fitness and Coffee

ROCK YOUR WORKOUT. DRINK COFFEE.

Coffee has long been thought of as a vice which few people were inclined to give up but it’s actually a superfood.  If you exercise, caffeine can offer functional benefits to your workout.

A Spanish study found that athletes who consumed caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15% more calories post-exercise.  The best results were obtained by consuming 4.5 mg of Continue reading ROCK YOUR WORKOUT. DRINK COFFEE.