Posts Tagged ‘Coffee Health’

Coffee May Help with Liver Disease

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Evidence is showing that coffee may prevent and mitigate liver disease, even among people who may not realize they have the disease. Several studies spanning the past 15-20 years have shown that coffee helps prevent liver inflammation, which is often tied to Hepatitis C, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. It’s unclear whether caffeine or other ingredients of coffee are responsible for the benefits, but one study in Japan showed that green tea failed to have the same effects.

Obesity is a leading cause of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which many Americans have but don’t realize, up to 10-15% of the population. Usually liver diseases don’t show symptoms until the liver actually fails, though.  While coffee alone can’t treat liver disease, consuming a moderate daily amount of unsweetened coffee is a reasonable therapy option. Read more here!

Coffee Helping Research for Parkinson’s Disease

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

For new medications for the treatment of Parkinson’s to Dementia, scientists are looking to coffee! Caffeine, the world’s most widely used drug, can do more than just wake people up. Various studies have linked caffeine to improvements in memory and protection against the destruction of brain cells. One study found that people who drank more than two cups of coffee per day had a 40% lower risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease.

Some drug companies have been designing drugs to replicate these benefits, but the challenge is to go beyond to achieve a more powerful effect without side effects like jitters or headaches.  At least five large studies have shown that consuming more caffeine can help reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. In one rat study, chronic consumption of caffeine prevented the loss of nerve cells.

Parkinson’s is a disease that progressively impairs body movement, coordination, and speech, and drug developers are focusing on the way caffeine targets an area called the basal ganglia, which plays a key role in movement.  The goal is to improve movement in Parkinson’s patients who are already taking medication to control tremors and stiffness. While the approach has been difficult to get right, it is promising!

Read more here.

Essential Nutrients in Coffee

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Coffee is more than just a caffeinated beverage! Many of the nutrients in coffee beans do actually make it into the final drink. A 16 oz. mug of coffee contains:

  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
  • Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
  • Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.

HealthWise Coffee also has higher than average mineral contents of Calcium, Potassium, Iron, and Zinc due to our TechnoRoasting process.  HealthWise also has dozens of trace minerals in its coffees.  These micro-nutrients are essential for promoting normal growth and development.  Some examples include Boron, which promotes normal growth, and maintains proper levels of steroid hormones; Molybdenum, which promotes normal growth and reproductive capability; Selenium, which can protect against Mercury poisoning, and mitigate against muscle pain, weakness and heart disease.

5 Ways to Make Your Coffee Healthier

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Coffee is naturally a healthy beverage, and is the leading provider of antioxidants in the US diet. Here are some tips to get the most benefit out of your coffee:

1. Don’t Load Your Coffee with Sugar

Sugar, in addition to adding unnecessary calories to your drink, is also bad for teeth and has been linked to diseases like Diabetes. If you must have some sugar in your coffee, Stevia is a better option.

2. Avoid Low-Fat and Artificial Creamers

Commercial low-fat and artificial creamers (and sweeteners) tend to be highly processed and may contain unnatural, harmful ingredients. Some of these include high fructose corn syrup and trans fats.  If you want to add a creamer, try a full-fat cream, and preferably organic. Studies have shown that high-fat dairy products are actually associated with a reduced risk of obesity.

3. Add Some Cocoa

Cocoa is loaded with antioxidants and is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower risk of heart disease. Try adding a little cocoa to your cup for added sweetness.

4. Add Some Cinnamon

Cinnamon mixes very well with the flavor of coffee, and has been shown to lower blood glucose levels, cholesterol, and triglycerides in diabetics. Try it out!

5. No Caffeine Late in the Day

Drinking coffee late in the day can interfere with our sleep, since it’s a stimulant and gives us a jolt of energy. Poor sleep can cause several problems, so if you can, choose Swiss Water Decaf. Depending on your sensitivity, 2-3 pm is a good guideline for caffeine cutoff

What is Swiss Water Decaf?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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Caffeine is a naturally-occurring substance that occurs in more than sixty plant species worldwide. Many food and beverage products made from these plants contain varying amounts of caffeine.  Coffee is, not surprisingly, is one of them.  One typical cup of coffee contains 120-180 mg of caffeine, while a decaf cup of coffee contains between 2 and 6 mg.  So, even though decaf coffee is much lower in caffeine, it does still contain small amounts.

In the US, coffee must have 97% of caffeine removed to be considered decaf. However, in Canada and the rest of the international community, that number is higher at 99.9% caffeine-free as the recognized standard.

There are several reasons why people may choose to drink decaffeinated coffee, but did you know there are varying processes for how the caffeine is removed? Many processes actually use chemical solvents like ethyl acetate or methylene chloride to strip caffeine molecules from the coffee bean. Fortunately, there is an option that is 100% chemical-free and Certified Organic: the SWISS WATER® Process. This process removes 99.9% of caffeine, without compromising bean quality or taste.  All beans undergo regular audits to verify the caffeine has actually been removed to this level.

The SWISS WATER® Process is also eco-friendly, and uses pristine water from the mountains in British Colombia, Canada, to gently remove caffeine from coffee beans.  The way to tell if your decaf coffee has been decaffeinated using this process is to look for the SWISS WATER® seal on its packaging.

So, in a nutshell, the SWISS WATER® process is a chemical-free, highly effective, and eco-friendly process for decaffeinating coffee.  HealthWise Decaf Coffee is decaffeinated using this process and is the only low-acid coffee decaffeinated without the use of chemicals!

Coffee Consumption and Dehydration

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

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Despite what you may think, a new study shows that moderate coffee consumption does not cause people to become dehydrated. This research was conducted to the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee.

The study involved having 50 men drink four mugs of black coffee or four mugs of water each day for three days. After a 10 day “wash out” period, the men swapped beverages and tried the other.  University of Birmingham School of Sport and Exercise Sciences researchers analyzed the hydration status of the participants after both the water and coffee drinking periods by looking at their total body water and body mass. There were no significant differences between either group, and there were also no differences in urine volume or concentration.

Researchers conducted the study to evaluate the persistent myth that coffee causes dehydration because caffeine can act as a diuretic, and that past research had been inconclusive. The Mayo Clinic has pointed out in the past that normal consumption of caffeinated drinks can actually contribute to daily fluid requirements!

Causes of Acidity and Ways to Prevent it in the Workplace

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Sitting for long hours in the office can create acidity in the body, which no one likes! Acid reflux, or acidity, is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus and can cause heartburn or other symptoms.

Top Causes of Acidity:

- Eating large meals or lying down after meals

- Being overweight or obese

- Snacking close to bedtime

- Eating certain foods or combinations of food- citrus, tomatoes, garlic, onions, spicy foods

- Smoking

- Taking certain medications

Tips for Preventing Acidity in the Workplace:

- Stand up or take a short walk every 30 minutes

- Watch your posture- don’t slouch, sit in a chair with back support, and keep your knees level with your hips by keeping heels on the floor

- Walk to colleagues rather than emailing them

- Walk to the farthest restroom possible, if multiple restrooms are an option

Acidic Diet May Raise Diabetes Risk

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

acid food

Researchers at the Gustave Roussy Institute in France have found that a diet high in acidic foods- like meat, fish, and sodas may put some women at a greater risk for developing Type II Diabetes. French women with higher scores on a measure of dietary acidity had a whopping 70% greater risk of developing Diabetes compared to those whose diets were more alkaline!

Their acidoc diets involved higher intake of fat and animal protein, and a lower intake of carbohydrates. The diet was also linked to a higher intake of phosphorus, calcium, and sodium, as well as lower magnesium. Specific foods constituting an acidic diet included more meat, fish, cheese, bread, and soft drinks, while more alkaline diets involved more dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and coffee.

Highly acidic diets have also been linked to problems with teeth, bones, and the digestive tract.  Because of these risks and other factors, it’s very important to maintain a good pH balance within the body.  Coffee is typically an acidic beverage as well, which is one reason HealthWise is a great option for people who enjoy coffee but want to reduce the acidic foods they’re ingesting.

10 Surprising Facts about Caffeine

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

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In moderate doses, caffeine has been known to boost concentration, memory, and mental health. Of course, coffee has also been known to reduce the risks of many diseases as well. Here are 10 facts about one of the most well-known components of coffee:

1.       Most decafs are not caffeine-free, and many of them contain between 8.6-13.9 mg of caffeine per cup. However, Swiss-Water Decaffeinated options are in fact, caffeine-free, and HealthWise offers this type of decaf.

2.       Caffeine starts working almost immediately.  It takes 30-60 minutes for caffeine to reach its peak level in the blood, but increased alertness can begin in as few as 10 minutes. Some people are more sensitive to the effects than others, especially those who don’t regularly consume it. To avoid wakefulness at night, plan to avoid caffeine for 8 hours before bedtime.

3.       Caffeine affects everyone differently, and this can vary by gender, race, and lifestyle habits.

4.       Some energy drinks contain less caffeine than coffee. Some have fewer than 100 mg of caffeine (compared to up to 200 mg in a cup of coffee), but they do have tons of sugar and unnatural ingredients, so coffee is a healthier choice anyway.

5.       Dark roasts have less caffeine than lighter ones. The roasting process for darker roasts burns off more caffeine, although because of the bolder flavors one might think they are more caffeinated.

6.       Caffeine is found in more than 60 plants. Tea leaves, kola nuts (which flavor colas), and cocoa beans all contain caffeine. It’s also found in leaves, seeds, and fruits of many plants, and can be manually added to products.

7.       Not all coffees have the same caffeine content.  Many brands vary, from 8 mg per fluid ounce to a whopping 54.2 mg per ounce. Of course, this also depends on how it’s brewed.

8.       The average American consumes 200 mg of caffeine per day. (About two five-ounce cups of coffee, or four sodas.) Moderate consumption is considered 200-300 mg/day according to the Mayo Clinic.

9.       According to a BBC article, Finland has the highest caffeine consumption, with the average adult consuming about 400 mg per day.

10.   Caffeine is found in much more than just coffee! Teas, chocolate, and many medications also contain it.

Conflicting Study on Coffee and Health

Friday, August 16th, 2013

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With all of the studies out there showing health benefits from coffee consumption, a new study published yesterday found that heavy coffee consumption may be associated with a higher death risk in men and women under 55. The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, men under 55 who drank more than 28 cups of coffee per week were 56% more likely to have died from any cause. The study spanned data collected from 1971 to 2002.

However, it does seem safe to drink 1-3 cups of coffee per day without any health endangerment. One cup of coffee in this study was defined as 6-8 ounces, so that is about 1.5 gallons of coffee per week as the cutoff for what is considered healthy.

The reasons behind the higher death risk are not clear, especially since experts have found many health benefits associated with coffee.  For example, a 2012 National Cancer Institute study found that older adults who drank coffee had an overall lower death risk than those who did not, and that the more coffee that was consumed, the more the person’s death risk declined!

The main takeaway here seems to be to continue to keep drinking coffee in moderation- keep it to under 1.5 gallons per week.