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Maximizing Coffee’s Health Benefits

The Art (and Science) of Maximizing Coffee’s Health Benefits

  | SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2015 

 

COFFEE ME UP! HEALTH BENEFITS 

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The health effects of drinking coffee have long been a source of controversy. The controversy has centered on its content of caffeine, a stimulant that can cause problems for some people.

However, as mentioned above, a consensus is emerging that coffee has some really great benefits:

  • Coffee might help to prevent the sort of cognitive decline usually associated with diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Researchers discovered that participants who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 65% decreased chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia later on in life.
  • Coffee can help people to lose weight, as caffeine is one of the few natural substances with proven fat burning capabilities. Caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11%, and increase the burning of fat by as much as 29% in lean people and 10% in those who are obese.
  • According to a Japanese study, men consuming one to two cups of coffee daily reduced their risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease by as much as 38%.
  • Drinking two cups of coffee a day has been associated with a 40% lower risk of developing liver cancer.
  • Coffee consumption is linked with a reduced incidence of some types of cancers, including liver and colorectal cancer.
  • Drinking coffee has been found to ease pain in the neck, shoulders, forearms, and wrists experienced by those who work in an office.
  • Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%.
  • Coffee might help to prevent depression. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why this is so, but they believe that it’s because caffeine activates neurotransmitters in the brain which are responsible for controlling mood. What’s clear is that coffee consumption has been associated with a 50 percent reduction in suicide risk among both men and women.
  • Given that coffee drinkers are less likely to get many diseases outlined above, it’s not surprising that coffee drinkers tend to live longer overall.

Coffee’s main health giving qualities arise from its antioxidant activity. Antioxidants help us to fight inflammation, an underlying cause of many chronic conditions.

In fact, studies show that most Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than they do from both fruits and vegetables combined (though perhaps this serves best to demonstrate how sad the SAD diet is, rather than coffee’s superstar antioxidant status).

Note that the health benefits apply to instant coffee as well as the good quality stuff.

THE BEST TIME TO GET YOUR JAVA ON (PS. IT’S NOT EARLY MORNING)

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If we dive into coffee as soon as our eyelids open, it might not give us the boost in energy we are seeking.

This is because, biologically speaking, our bodies are least in need of coffee in the morning.

As humans we are affected by the 24-hour hormonal cycle called the circadian clock, which controls the release of a hormone called cortisol. This is the hormone which makes us feel alert and awake, and is at peak production in our bodies between 8-9am.

According to ASAP Science, drinking coffee during a peak cortisol period has two unwanted effects for us.

  • Caffeine interferes with the body’s own production of cortisol, which means that the body ends up producing less of it.
  • A person’s tolerance is caffeine is strengthened, which means they’re going to seek it out more and more, but with diminishing ‘return on investment’.

For most people, cortisol levels actually peak at three times during the day: between 8-9 am, 12-1 pm and 5:30-6:30 pm. If someone wants to get the most bang for their buck in terms of caffeine intake, it’s during the slumps of cortisol levels.

The best time to drink coffee, therefore, is between 10-11.30am, and 2-5pm, when your cortisol levels naturally dip. Your body will most need a caffeine hit during these times.

Admittedly, abstaining from coffee until 10am might seem a bit… unnatural.

But think of it like this: the only reason we crave it immediately upon waking is because we’ve effectively trained our bodies to expect a jolt of caffeine first thing in the morning (think Pavlov’s dog). So just quit being a well trained dog and think optimization!

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Green Mountain Coffee Unveils Original Coffeehouse Beverages

Green Mountain Coffee Unveils Original Coffeehouse Beverages

WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., a personal beverage system company that has revolutionized the way consumers create and enjoy beverages, today announced the launch of Green Mountain Coffee® Coffeehouse, a new collection of beverages featuring café-inspired cappuccinos, lattes, and macchiatos. The specialty line of products draws upon the Green Mountain Coffee® heritage as a small-batch roaster and coffee shop combined with the ease and simplicity of the Keurig® hot brewing system.

The Green Mountain Coffee® Coffeehouse collection allows consumers to make a delicious, frothed café-style beverage at home. The two-step process is easy: simply empty the froth packet into a mug, brew the K-Cup® pod and enjoy! Coffeehouse two-step beverages are made with Fair Trade Certified™ coffee, sugar, skim milk, cream and sea salt and contain no artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors or preservatives. Coffeehouse is available in three irresistible flavors: smooth and flavorful Cappuccino, buttery and richSalted Caramel Macchiato and sweet and creamy Vanilla Latte.

“Green Mountain Coffee takes pride in its roots as a local Vermont roaster and coffee shop that created distinctively delicious coffee house beverages,” said Tom Ferguson, Senior Vice President, US Hot Beverages at Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. “With the new Green Mountain Coffee Coffeehouse collection, we drew on that longstanding coffee expertise and the innovation of Keurig simplicity to create the barista experience you love, at home, at the touch of a button.”

The Green Mountain Coffee® Coffeehouse collection joins the over 575 different beverages and 80+ brands in the Keurig Green Mountain family. For 35 years Green Mountain Coffee® has been a leader in specialty coffee, finding and roasting the highest quality coffee in the world while building strong, lasting relationships with the farmers who grow it.

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Coffee and a Healthy Heart

Love your cup o’ joe in the morning? So do we! This study from Vending Market Watch suggests certain health benefits associated with your morning fix:

Study: 3 To 5 Cups Of Coffee Per Day May Reduce
Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Risk By Up To 21%
JUN 24, 2015

 

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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 (ISIC), a not-for-profit organization devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health1.

The finding is significant given that coronary heart disease and stroke remain the primary cause of death across Europe, responsible for 51% of all deaths in women and 42% of all deaths in men.2  Over four million people die from CVD annually in Europe and overall, CVD is estimated to cost the EU economy €196 billion every year.3

The ISIC session report highlights the research presented at a Satellite Symposium held during the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation’s 2015 congress in Lisbon, Portugal, on the subject of ‘Coffee and CVD Mortality’. Leading researchers in this field presented on the role of lifestyle factors in CVD mortality risk reduction, the epidemiological evidence on coffee and CVD mortality, and the conclusions from meta-analyses on coffee and CVD mortality.

The lowest CVD mortality risk is seen at an intake of approximately 3 cups of coffee per day, with a percentage risk reduction of up to 21%.1

Two 2014 meta-analyses suggest an association between coffee consumption and CVD risk, proposing a ‘U-shaped’ pattern whereby optimal protective effects were achieved with 3-5 cups of coffee per day.3,4

Drinking 3-4 cups of coffee per day is associated with an approximate 25% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to consuming none or less than 2 cups per day.5 People with diabetes typically have a higher CVD mortality risk, therefore this association may be linked to…

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