Health Care and Java

Your Best Health Care: Health Care and Java

Health Care and Java

How do you
feel about coffee–that java that makes you jump, that black elixir of silky
goodness, the cuppa joe for the morning wakeup call? Well, believe it or not,
adding coffee to your daily diet can help with your health. If you already
drink it, you’ll be glad to know that in addition to providing a boost to get
you going, and the taste that may make you happy, coffee has some remarkable
powers to help your body and brain.
According
to this website,
http://coffeeandhealth.org/ , a new
study examined the relationships between coffee (total, caffeinated or
decaffeinated) and tea consumption and risk of melanoma in the European
Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). EPIC is a
multi-centre prospective study that enrolled over 500,000 participants aged
25-70 years from ten European countries in 1992-2000.
Consumption
of caffeinated coffee was inversely (i.e. favorably) associated with melanoma
risk among versus non-consumers, but not among women. There were no
statistically significant associations between consumption of decaffeinated
coffee or tea and the risk of melanoma among both men and women. The authors
suggest further investigations are warranted to confirm their findings and
clarify the possible role of caffeine and other coffee compounds in reducing
the risk of melanoma.
According
to the Harvard School of Public Health, more than half of American adults drink
coffee every day. Recent scientific studies suggest moderate consumption may
help reduce some disease risks. These studies are observational, meaning that
researchers draw conclusions based on differences between the number of disease
cases in coffee drinkers versus non-drinkers. More information is located at
this site: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/multimedia-article/benefits/
.
Not only
is this information good news, but this article by blogger Jenn Miller shows
that there are many health care pluses for coffee consumption:  https://www.jenreviews.com/coffee/
.
You may
wonder when you see various reports over the past few years about the efficacy
of drinking coffee and its health affects on you. The verdict is thumbs up,
according to CNN, with study after study extolling the merits of three to five
cups of black coffee a day in reducing risk for everything from melanoma to
heart disease, multiple sclerosis, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver
disease, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s, computer-related back pain and more.
To stay
completely healthy with your coffee consumption, you’ll want to avoid packing
it with calorie laden creams, sugars and flavors, per the CNN article. And be
aware that a cup of coffee in these studies is only 8 ounces; the standard
“grande” cup at the coffee shop is double that at 16 ounces.  And how you brew it has health consequences.
Unlike filter coffee makers, the French press, Turkish coffee or the boiled
coffee popular in Scandinavian countries fail to catch a compound called
cafestol in the oily part of coffee that can increase your bad cholesterol or
LDL.
Finally,
people with sleep issues or uncontrolled diabetes should check with a doctor
before adding caffeine to their diets, as should pregnant women, as there is
some concern about caffeine’s effect on fetal growth and miscarriage. And some
of the latest research seems to say that our genes may be responsible for how
we react to coffee, explaining why some of us need several cups to get a boost
while others get the jitters on only one. For much more detailed information on
this subject, visit this website: http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/14/health/coffee-health/
.
Caffeine, the most widely consumed psychoactive
substance in the world, is the best known ingredient of coffee, according to
Warrior Coffee. Its beneficial effects on the human body have been researched quite
well, but coffee as a whole is a complex beverage with a thousand different
substances. Some studies argue that decaf and caffeinated coffee may have the
same health effects and suggest that it’s not the caffeine that is responsible
for most of coffee’s health benefits. This company has put together a list
of  Pro’s and Con’s about coffee drinking
and is well worth reading to give you both sides of the story:
https://www.warriorcoffee.com/news/2/12-health-benefits-and-6-disadvantages-of-coffee-smashing-it
.
For those on the healthy side of coffee consumption, this
website, https://www.healthambition.com/negative-effects-of-coffee/
, has some negative aspects listed about this liquid:
In small, occasional cups there is
possibly a case to be made for some benefits to coffee. If it’s fresh,
high-quality and ideally organic (regular coffee is one of the most
pesticide-intensive crops in the world) then a raft of studies have shown that
it can improve alertness and long term it may reduce the risk of developing
Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, kidney stones and liver cirrhosis for heavy
drinkers.
Conversely,
in the longer term it has been associated with an increased risk of high
cholesterol, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Good-quality ground coffee is a
source of antioxidants like chlorogenic acid that may help with weight loss and
Green Coffee Bean Extract, particularly high in this antioxidant, are the
latest popular supplement for body fat reduction. While there is evidence one
way and another about drinking coffee, a case can be made for either side of
the java wars.
Is coffee associated with the risk of death from all
causes? According to a report in the New York Times, there have been two
meta-analyses published within the last year or so. The first reviewed 20
studies, including almost a million people, and the second included 17 studies
containing more than a million people. Both found that drinking coffee was
associated with a significantly reduced chance of death. There’s possibly no
other product that has this much positive epidemiologic evidence going for it.
For more details on this product, read this article: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/12/upshot/more-consensus-on-coffees-benefits-than-you-might-think.html?_r=0
.
But, you
need to be careful about how you drink your coffee. According to the Atlantic
Monthly magazine a few years ago,
there were no major differences in risk reduction between
regular and decaf coffee suggests there’s something in it, aside from its
caffeine content, that could be contributing to these observed benefits. It
also demonstrates that caffeine was in no way mitigating coffee’s therapeutic
effects.
Of course, what you choose to add to coffee can just as
easily negate the benefits — various sugar-sweetened beverages were all
significantly associated with an increased risk of diabetes. A learned taste
for cream and sugar (made all the more enticing when they’re designed to smell
like seasonal celebrations) is likely one of the reasons why we associate
coffee more with decadence than prudence. More details are available at this
site: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/11/the-case-for-drinking-as-much-coffee-as-you-like/265693/
So, should you drink that little black cup of java that
so eagerly calls your name every day, or give it up for what may be considered
healthier beverages like water, fruit juices, or other non-caffeinated types of
liquid? That is a personal choice, and one that needs to be evaluated by you
and your family doctor if you have mitigating health circumstances.

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