Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Main Five healthy points to not stop coffee

I really like coffee. The morning habit of brewing a cup, the smell that perks me up before I take a sip and, of path, the taste all make it my favorite beverage aside from water (water’s delicious!).

1. It protects your heart: Modest coffee drinkers (1 to 3 cups/day) have lower rates of rub than non-coffee drinkers, an effect connected to coffee’s antioxidants. Coffee has more antioxidants per serving than blueberries, making it the main source of antioxidants in American diets. All those antioxidants may help suppress the damaging effect of swelling on arteries. Instantly after drinking it, coffee raises your blood pressure and heart rate, but over the long term, it really may lower blood pressure as coffee’s antioxidants activate nitric oxide, widening blood vessels.

2. It diverts diabetes: Those antioxidants (chlorogenic acid and quinides, particularly) play another role: boosting your cells’ sensitivity to insulin, which helps control blood sugar. In fact, people who drink 4 or more cups of coffee each day may have a lower risk of increasing type 2 diabetes, according to some studies. Other studies have shown that caffeine can blunt the insulin-sensitivity boost, so if you do drink several cups a day, try mixing in decaf rarely.

3. Your liver loves it: OK, so the investigate here is limited, but it looks like the more coffee people drink, the lower their occurrence of cirrhosis and other liver diseases. One investigation of nine studies found that every 2-cup increase in daily coffee intake condensed liver cancer risk by 43 percent. Again, it’s those antioxidants—chlorogenic and caffeic acids—and caffeine that might prevent liver irritation and inhibit cancer cells.

4. It boosts your brain power: Drinking between 1 and 5 cups a day (admittedly a big range) may help reduce risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as Parkinson’s disease, studies advise. Those antioxidants may ward off brain cell damage and help the neurotransmitters involved in cognitive function to work better.

5. It helps your headaches: And not just the withdrawal headaches caused by skipping your daily dose of caffeine! Studies show that 200 milligrams of caffeine—about the quantity in 16 ounces of brewed coffee—provides relief from headaches, including migraines. Accurately how caffeine relieves headaches isn’t clear. But scientists do know that caffeine boosts the action of brain cells, causing surrounding blood vessels to constrict. One theory is that this restriction helps to relieve the pressure that causes the pain, says Robert Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., connect professor of neurology and director of the Headache Clinic at the University of Vermont Medical School.

Now, that’s not to say that coffee doesn’t have any pitfalls—it does. Some people are super-sensitive to caffeine and get jittery or anxious after drinking coffee; usual coffee drinkers usually expand a tolerance to caffeine that eliminates this problem (but they then need the caffeine to be alert and ward off withdrawal headaches). Coffee can also disturb sleep, mainly as people age. Cutting some of the caffeine and drinking it previous in the day can curb this effect. Lastly, unfiltered coffee (like that made with a French press) can raise LDL cholesterol, so use a filter for heart health.

But if you like coffee and you can accept it well, enjoy it...lacking the guilt.

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