I have adored coffee even before I have actually try and taste it. Yet its smell was delicious. I started to drink coffee regularly in student years; it helped us stay up long, when we were studying for exams.
And, so the commitment to scented black coffee remained.
In eighties, experts for food have made an assertion, that drinking coffee could be harmful to our body, and that they wouldn’t recommend it for every day drinking. In hundred of studies, they attempt to uncover the risk of drinking coffee, and sought to ascribe various bad effect, from high blood pressure to cancer.
A couple of years ago, in an article in the American journal »Eat well«, were published reviews of results from these studies and came to a surprising discovery: the consumption of coffee is, even if you drink large doses of high-octane beverage, showed a relatively safe for most adults.
But there was even greater surprise
A cup of coffee, or two, perhaps even three can be even beneficial for your health.
Reports indicate one good thing after another, from drinking coffee with the “side” benefit to health, which it brings.
After one cup of coffee per day, you could reduce chances of developing bile stones.
Next good side effects say that drinking coffee reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
The first report was from societies, from California University in Irvine, which have studied the health and habits of more than 13 thousand people from home for old-age pensioners. Study took more than twenty-one years.
Alan Leviton, epidemiologists from Harvard Medical University, which has nearly twenty-five years of examining the studies and research on drinking coffee, and himself have daily two cups per day, says that for years there is evidence of the beneficial effects of coffee.
On the other hand, in all coffee studies they have always proceed from fact, that the coffee would probably be harmful, so they have been more focused for the search of negative consequences for health.
Since enhances secretion of urine, caffeine accelerate the excretion of fluids from the body.
Therefore, decaffeinated drinks do not actually quench one’s thirst but have opposite effect.
As a result of this, we could gain body dehydration. Moreover it is clear that young people who quench thirst with energy drinks actually are harming your body.
Often they have been wrong
Older studies showed a link between drinking coffee and cancer, until researchers’ further find out, that the real culprit is actually a cigarette with coffee and not drinking coffee.
Afterwards researches start to collect evidence, that drinking coffee may even be useful, but will be in quite some time, when people will accept good results.
Against bile stone?
One of the first good news about drinking coffee had showed when the laboratory researchers found that caffeine may shrink bile stones, calcified stone, which sometimes lead to the attack which is accompanied by severe pain.
Epidemiologists were interested, if regular coffee drinkers could reduce the risk of biliary disease and bile stones.
They have reviewed data on health and nutrition, which they have collected in three decades in more than 46 thousand men and more than 80 thousand women. It appeared that with regular coffee drinkers stones have been less common than with those who have avoided coffee.
These studies do not prove a cause and effect. As coffee drinkers could be doing something else than drinking coffee and this thing could attribute to the risk reduction.
Nevertheless, due to the size of the group, which was more than 125 thousand people, this research has a quite big point. And the effect depends on the coffee dose; the more they drink, the more they reduce chances of develop bile stones.
For those who drank one cup of coffee per day, the risk was lower for 13 percent of those who drank two, was less by 21 percent in people who drink four or more cups of coffee per day, the risk was lower by 33 percent.
Lower risk for Parkinson’s?
Other good news was filtering. . Based on data from studies carried out in the same population, researchers found out, that a man coffee drinkers had less opportunity for developing Parkinson’s disease, condition which disrupts the brain control movement and balance.
Even for women there have been some benefits.
In the following analysis, the epidemiologists have found out, that coffee drinkers reduce risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Men, who drink six cups of coffee a day, have halved the risk of disease compared with those who drank coffee only occasionally.
Women have decreased their risk by about 30 percent. It could be, that these results are only coincidence, but more and more studies are confirming the benefits from drinking coffee.
Also quite interesting is; when researchers at the Department of War Veterans in Honolulu reviewed data of more than eight thousand men, followed by more than three decades, have been found that coffee drinkers lowered the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
The study published in the British medical journal The Lancet, which included 17,111 men and women, in 2002, Dutch researchers have reported that those who drinks seven cups of coffee a day, halve the risk of developing diabetes compared with those who drink two cup or less.
Swedish study published in 2004, which have fallowed 1361 women for 18 years, showed the following: the more coffee a woman drinks, the smaller are her potential for developing diabetes.
Where can we find caffeine?
Coca cola 130 mg, Can of energy drinks (250 ml) 90 mg, Espresso (45 ml) 100 mg, Turkish coffee (85 ml) from 40 to 70 mg, Cup of decaffeinated coffee, 3 to 4 mg, Iced tea (300 m) 50 mg, Indian tea (200 ml) from 50 to 70 mg.
Caffeine is the most popular ingredient, but the coffee is chemically very complex, and a cup of coffee contains hundreds of substances, some of them we are just starting to know. Caffeine in coffee is the reason that some people are avoiding it completely, or they enjoy de -coffined version.
Ironically, however, as caffeine is the main “culprit” for useful effect that we could gain by drinking coffee.
In study of bile stones, for example, they found out that drinking »real« coffee has reduced our chances to get bile stones, but contrary, with de-coffined version didn’t have any effect.
Even the studies of Parkinson’s disease were identified, that drinking coffee offers protection (in both studies have found that we could reduce risk also with consumption of caffeine from other sources, such as tea or cola).
A rich source of antioxidants
Coffee has been shown as a rich source of antioxidants, substances that are found in fruits and vegetables, which slow the damage to cells caused by reactive oxygen atoms.
Antioxidants consist of about ten percent of unroasted coffee beans, and only one percentages of caffeine. Other, newly discovered substances, will probably help to explain reduced rik of diabetes for coffee drinkers.
Scientists are looking closely substances, called kvinidi, which are unique to coffee and are generated during the process of roasting.
As shown, kvinidi improve the liver ability, to metabolise glucose, which can maintain the level of blood sugar at one stage, and this protects us from diabetes.
German researchers from the University of Munster have recently reported, that they have discover an antioxidants called metilpiridin, which can be found almost exclusively in roasted coffee beans, which can help to fight against cancer. Researches on antioxidants have only started, and this is only beginning, but early findings are encouraging.
English experts from the University of Glasgow have done the study last year, where they found out, that coffee contains antioxidants in such level that could be found in black tea and that special blend of antioxidants in coffee may soon pass into the bloodstream.
In a study carried out by Norwegian, the home of keen coffee lovers, have found out, that coffee contains more antioxidants than anything else on our menu.
Another thing I was interested in: What gives the caffeine in coffee, its effect? And does caffeine keep us awake, or make us even more active?
For answers to these questions look up in my next post, which I will post shortly.