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CAN COFFEE CONSUMPTION DECREASE THE RISK OF CUTANEOUS MELANOMA?

Recent research published in the European Journal of Nutrition suggests that the consumption of coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated may reduce the risk of cutaneous melanoma.

Twelve studies involving 832,956 participants for total coffee consumption were involved.  Five studies involved 717,151 participants for caffeinated coffee consumption and 6 studies involved 718,231 participants for decaffeinated coffee consumption were included.

Analysis suggested cutaneous melanoma risk decreased by 3% – 4% for every 1 cup/day increment of total coffee consumption.

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CAN DRINKING COFFEE PROTECT AGAINST DEMENTIA?

Over the last decade, Food Regulation Authorities have concluded that coffee/caffeine consumption is not harmful if consumed at levels of 200 mg in one sitting (around 2 1/2 cups of coffee) or 400 mg daily @around 5 cups of coffee).

In addition, caffeine has many positive actions on the brain. It can increase alertness and well-being, help concentration, improve mood and limit depression. Caffeine can potentiate the effect of regular analgesic drugs in headache and migraine. Lifelong coffee/caffeine consumption has been associated with prevention of cognitive decline, and reduced risk of developing stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Thus, daily coffee and caffeine intake can be part of a healthy balanced diet; its consumption does not need to be stopped in elderly people.

Approximately 25 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease worldwide, making it the most prevalent form of dementia. The incidence of Alzheimer’s increases dramatically with age. These conditions make it all the more urgent to find ways to alleviate symptoms and ultimately, cure the disease itself.

Over the last 20 years scientists have identified many factors that can in fact delay the onset of the disease, and are now investigating whether they can be used in a preventive way. A large population study has enabled them to identify the most significant modifiable factors in the onset of dementia.  Certain factors stand out – particularly diabetes, depression, diet, stroke and ApoE4; which is the main genetic factor. Diet is crucial among them, and although diets differ in different parts of the world, an international common feature is often coffee consumption.

Coffee was once thought of as a psycho-stimulant – a temporary solution to pick ourselves up intellectually.  This perception started to change as the body of evidence grew on the relationship between coffee and cognitive decline. And the relationship between coffee, cognitive functioning, and dementia has turned out to be particularly interesting.

Scientists working with transgenic mice, found that those who were fed caffeine had lower levels of amyloid plaques, which are little plaques that accumulate in the brain with Alzheimer’s disease and are also present in people who present rapid cognitive decline, even though they might not develop Alzheimer’s disease.

A Japanese study following subjects 65 and older for over 5 years noted coffee consumption was significantly associated with a lower risk of incident dementia.  In addition, this significant inverse association was more remarkable among women, non-smokers and non-drinkers.

Scientists are unsure whether or not they are going to observe a reduction in the number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease, but it seems highly likely that there is a cause and effect relationship.

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WHY YOU SHOULD DRINK COFFEE

IT MAKES YOU SMARTER

Coffee is the most used psychoactive substance in the world.  Caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream and travels to the brain which leads to enhanced firing of neurons.  Human trials show that coffee improves such brain functions as memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive function.

IT HELPS BURN FAT

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17 WEIRD FACTS ABOUT COFFEE

YOU DON’T NEED COFFEE WHEN YOU FIRST WAKE UP

Your body naturally produces a hormone called cortisol that helps you feel awake and alert.  This hormone is released according to your circadian rhythm, dictated by the time of the day.  If you have a habit of drinking coffee when you first wake up, try waiting a bit longer so that your caffeine isn’t wasted during a time when your cortisol is at its highest.

COFFEE ISN’T THAT DEHYDRATING

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5 REASONS TO DRINK COFFEE BEFORE YOUR WORKOUT

A Spanish study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that athletes who consumed caffeine pre-excercise burned about 15% more calories post-excercise.  The best results were obtained by consuming 4.5 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight.  For a 150 pound woman that’s about 300 mg of caffeine, about the amount in 12 ounces of brewed 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 for your workout.

IMPROVE CIRCULATION

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6 MORE REASONS TO DRINK COFFEE

LOWER THE RISK OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Parkinson’s Disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s.  It is caused by the death of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain.  As with Alzheimer’s, there is no known cure, which makes focusing on prevention all the more important.  Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, with a reduction in risk ranging from 32-60%.  It appears that the caffeine itself is causing the effect.  People who drink decaf don not have a lower risk of Parkinson’s.

COFFEE MAY PROTECT THE LIVER

Your liver is an amazing organ that carries out hundreds of important functions in your body.  Several common diseases affecting the liver are hepatitis and fatty liver disease.  Continue reading 6 MORE REASONS TO DRINK COFFEE

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6 REASONS TO DRINK COFFEE

IMPROVE ENERGY LEVELS AND MAKE YOU SMARTER

The stimulant effects of coffee mostly from the caffeine, make it the most used psychoactive substance in the world.  The caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream and travels to the brain.  The amount of other neurotransmitters, like norepinephrine and dopamine, actually increases, leading to enhanced firing of neurons.  Trials in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive function.

BURN FAT

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COFFEE BUBBLES PREDICT WEATHER

The next time you pour your morning coffee, pay attention to the bubbles that form on top.  Some people believe that the pattern the bubbles create can predict the weather.  Now I know for some of you this is going to be a difficult task because you can’t even see straight before that first cup, but do try this fun experiment.  It might even start your day off with a little humour.  For most of us that would be a definite improvement over how they usually start.

First of all, your coffee cup has to have straight sides.  If the sides flair out at the top it won’t work as well.  You might want to get this cup ready the night before and place it near Continue reading COFFEE BUBBLES PREDICT WEATHER

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HOW TO CRUSH YOUR WORKOUT

One of the most effective pre-workout drinks may surprise you.  You won’t find it at your local supplement store.  You don’t have to scoop it out of a bottle and mix it with water.  All you have to do is get a cup of coffee, minus the cream and sugar of course.

Drinking a cup of coffee 30 minutes before your workout does more than just boost your energy, there are a whole slew of health benefits that come along with it.

ACCELERATE FAT LOSS

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15 FACTS ABOUT STARBUCKS

With revenues of over $10 billion dollars and over 17,000 shops in 40 countries, Starbucks is clearly the world’s top coffee retailer.  The coffee giant recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and shows no signs of slowing down.  The brand is so well recognized all over the world that it doesn’t even put its name on its cups.  Starbucks recently announced partnerships with other coffee companies and grocery stores, and plans to move into digital content as well as introducing new products.  In some stores you can every have wine with your coffee.

FACT 1:  Starbucks has opened an average of two stores on a daily basis since 1987.

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