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Coffee Drinks are the third most popular beverage in the world behind water and Tea.
The drink is brewed from the roasted seeds of a small evergreen bush of the ‘Coffea’ genus. It’s grown in over seventy different countries but the two most commonly grown are the ‘Coffee Arabica’ and the ‘Coffee Canephora’ or robusta form. [...because it is resistant to the coffee leaf rust disease!]
Ripe beans are picked, sorted, dried, roasted and then ground. Various roasting techniques produce different flavors. The leading world producer is Brazil followed by Vietnam, Indonesia and Colombia. (data for 2009)
Evidently the Ethiopians were the first to use a drink from the coffee bean, then through Egypt and Yemen and the rest of the Arab world where it traveled to India and Italy and the rest of Europe.
The first European coffee house was in Italy in 1645, but it was the Dutch who were the largest importers of the time and Oxfords’ Queens Lane Coffee House (U.K.)is evidently, still in operation today: first opened 1654!
The American Civil War saw the growth of Coffee drinking in North America after Tea imports were stopped by the British during this time: I believe the first coffee house in the U.S. was opened in Boston in 1676.
No, coffee shops are not a new phenomena!
The question a to whether drinking Coffee is good for you is a rather difficult one to answer. We are not medical practitioners and would not give advice on this subject but a C.N. Pong has written on the subject and suggests there could be as many as twenty main areas of health that coffee drinking affects.
You make up your own mind on this one but we offer this short article as a starting point.
20 Coffee Health Benefits – Some Advantages of Drinking Coffee
Coffee is many peoples favorite drink, but did you realize that coffee has plenty of health benefits as well: many proven by scientific studies?
Below, we have listed down 20 possible health benefits of coffee:
1 – Cut the Risk of Heart Disease by 25% for Women
A study by Esther Lopez-Garcia of Universidad Autonoma de Madrid reported that women who drink two to three cups of coffee per day had a 25 percent lower risk of death from heart disease and a smaller decreased risk was also seen for men
2 – Cut the Risk of Diabetes by 60%
Coffee contains antioxidants, including a group of compounds called quinines which in a study to lab rats, its increased sensitivity improves the body response to insulin.
3 – Cut the Risk of Dementia by 65%
A research suggested that coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body.
4 – Cut the Risk of Colon Cancer by 50%
A 12-year study on Japanese women found that drinking 3 or more cups of coffee per day may actually halve the risk of developing colon cancer.
5 – Lowered Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer
In a 20-year study of 50,000 men, it shows that 6 cups of coffee per day has the lowered risk of advanced prostate cancer.
6 – Lowered Risk of Alzheimer Disease by 65%
A study of 1,400 middle-aged Finns shows that 5 cups of coffee per day can lower the risk of Alzheimer disease by 65%.
7 – Cut the Risk of Cirrhosis by 80%
A study showed out of 125,000 coffee drinkers that one cup of coffee per day cut the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver by twenty percent. Four cups per day reduced the risk by eighty percent.
8 – Cut the Risk of Gallstones by Almost 50%
Men who drink at least 2 cups of coffee per day may reduce their risk of developing gallstones by 40 percent, and women showed a twenty-five percent lower risk of gallstone development. Those who drank more than four cups had a 45% lower risk.
9 – Cut the Risk of Stroke by 43% for Women
A study of 83,000 nurses who have never smoked shows that 4 cups of coffee per day can reduce the risk of stroke by 43%.
10 – Cut the Risk of Parkinson Disease by 80%
At least six studies indicate that people who drink coffee on a regular basis are up to 80% less likely to develop Parkinson disease.
11 – Lowered the Risk of Committing Suicide by 60% for Women
A 10-year study of 86,000 women shows that 2 cups of coffee per day can reduced the likelihood to commit suicide by 60%.
12 – High Level of Antioxidants
Antioxidants help your body repair damage to cells caused by free radicals.
13 – Keep You Awake and Alert
Coffee can boost concentration and therefore makes you more alert and awake.
14 – Protect You from Cold
Caffeine acts as decongestant as it opens narrowed bronchial tubes.
15 – Asthma Relief
Manage asthma and even control attacks when medication is unavailable.
16 – Headache Relief
Caffeine is often use as a medicine to treat headaches, especially migraine and cluster headaches, although this relief may be caused because the headache was from caffeine withdrawal in the first place.
17 – Pain Relief
Two cups of brewed coffee may reduce post-exercise muscle pain by up to forty-eight percent. In fact, a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine, have shown that adding about 65 milligrams of caffeine to aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen increases pain relief by around 40 percent.
18 – Boost Mood
Moderate intake of caffeine boosts energy and cuts depression, thanks to dopamine.
19 – Boost Athleticism
Caffeine in coffee is a powerful aid in enhancing athletic endurance and performance. So powerful, caffeine in coffee or other forms was deemed a “controlled” substance by the Olympic Games Committee.
20 – Prevent Dental Cavities
A compound called Trigonelline, which gives coffee its aroma and bitter taste, have both antibacterial and anti-adhesive properties to help prevent dental cavities from forming.
Coffee may have its health benefits but like many other substances, it may react differently for different people and therefore if you are not a regular coffee drinker and if you experience stomach pain, for example, after consuming a cup of coffee, it is better you stick to tea instead. Some also react to Caffeine so, as in most things, moderation is the key!
Alternatively, some health professionals assert that regular caffeine use causes significant health problems including stomach problems, gall bladder disease, and even some forms of cancer.
The research however, isn’t conclusive enough to say that caffeine is dangerous for cardiac patients or pregnant women. All in all, more research needs to be done into the negative effects of coffee. We do know that Caffeine causes heartburn, jitters and an overactive brain that has trouble concentrating. Drinking coffee can also cause dehydration and teeth staining!
Remember, moderation is the key and, of course, you should always check with your medical professional first.
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