Coffee Versus Sodas: No Contest When it Comes to Our Health

Two of America’s favorite drinks are world’s apart when it comes to how they affect our health, and it is interesting how one helps reduce the risks of developing certain diseases and ailments, and the other helps promote a host of problems. Thousands of studies have been made of coffee over the past few decades.  Some of...

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Higher Coffee Consumption Could Lead to Lower Bone Density…or Maybe Not

According to a Swedish study released by a group of researchers in March, 2010, coffee consumption could lead to lower bone mineral density, or BMD.   This seems to match up with another study released in 2008 regarding tests on dialysis patients which showed lower BMD from those patients who drank coffee. In the Swedish study, 359 men and 358 women aged 72 years were studied over a two year period.  Among men who consumed four or more cups of coffee per day, there was a 4% decline in bone mineral density compared to those men who drank no coffee.  This study...

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Coffee Consumption Linked to Reduced Risk of Malignant Brain Tumors

The chance of developing brain cancer is fortunately very slight.  According to a recent study, drinking coffee and tea perhaps can make the chance even more slight! A recently released study of over 500,000 European men and women pointed to a lessened risk of developing gliomas among coffee and tea drinkers.  Gliomas are a group of brain tumors that result in 80 percent of malignant cancer of the brain. The study was led by Dominique Michaud from Brown University, Providence Rhode Island and Imperial College of London.  There were 521,488 men and women who responded to a detailed questionnaire about the their diet and lifestyle habits.  The study group was cancer-free in the beginning...

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Work Coffee Into Your Workout!

Coffee can help workouts by delaying muscle fatigue and keeping you focused and energetic. A US News and World Report article from last month indicated a rough estimate of caffeine before exercising should be between 0.5 and 1.4 milligrams per one pound of body weight.  Given the typical 20 milligrams of caffeine in an ounce of coffee and doing the math, for say a 150 pound person, that’s roughly one to two 8 ounce cups.  If you’re new to drinking coffee, you may want to drink less before exercising, and if you drink a lot of coffee, increase the amount. If...

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Coffee Versus Sodas: No Contest When it Comes to Our Health

Two of America’s favorite drinks are world’s apart when it comes to how they affect our health, and it is interesting how one helps reduce the risks of developing certain diseases and ailments, and the other helps promote a host of problems. Thousands of studies have been made of coffee over the past few decades.  Some of these studies have shown that coffee consumption can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, gout, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, certain forms of cancer, among other ailments.  Coffee has zero calories, and has shown to increase levels of HDL, or good cholesterol.  Beyond that, coffee has naturally occurring vitamins and minerals,...

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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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