From the Coffee Shop

Drink a Lot of Coffee? Might Be in Your Genes

Ever notice how some people have many cups of coffee each day, while some people are happy with just one cup?  The same observation might be made about cola drinkers. It’s the caffeine –and your genetic makeup – that’s driving whether you are “satisfied” with just one cup or many cups.  That’s the apparent conclusion from researchers, and reported in the April issue of PLoS Genetics. The study was conducted by researchers from the National Cancer Institute, Harvard Schoold of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and looked at five studies of over 47,000 Americans...

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Athletes Get an Extra Edge From Caffeine

Athletes who drink a lot of coffee can improve their performance by as much as six percent. Results from a new study from researchers at Coventry University in central England were due to be reported this week at the annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology in Prague. Lead researcher Dr. Rob James indicated “A small increase in performance via caffeine could mean the difference between a gold medal in the Olympics and an also-ran.” The World Anti-Doping Agency is the keeper of what athletes can and can’t injest, and caffeine has been off the banned list since 2004.  Seems like...

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A Cup a Day to Keep Dementia Away!

Daily Caffeine Protects Your Brain Coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body, research suggests. According to the Journal of Neuroinflamation in an article published April 3,2008, results from studies show why caffeine can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.    Without being too technical, what the study indicated was that high levels of cholesterol and disruptions of the “blood brain barrier” (BBB) have been implicated as underlying reasons for Alzheimer’s disease.  The BBB is a filter which protects the central nervous system from potentially harmful chemicals carried around in...

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