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Coo Coo for Coffee?

You’re not alone. Over 108 million Americans enjoy their java, not only in the morning, but increasingly, all day long. Coffee’s popularity is growing, and with good reason.

This once maligned, but beloved beverage is a major player in the fight against type II diabetes. Harvard researchers analyzed data on 126,000 people for 18 years, concluding at least 6 cups of regular coffee daily decreased men’s risk for type II diabetes by 54% and women’s by 30%. These studies found components in coffee improve insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism.

That’s not all, it gets better. In the last 20 years, over 19,000 studies have been conducted strictly to determine coffee’s impact on health. Various studies have found the consumption of coffee aids in the prevention of Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression, colon cancer, liver disease, kidney stones, gallstones, asthma attacks, headaches, cavities, gout, and even eye spasms. Wait, it gets even better. Research repeatedly indicates the more you drink, the greater the benefits.

While the caffeine in coffee has its benefits, the vast amounts of antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid, tocopherols, lignans, and minerals, like magnesium and potassium, also enhance its profile. In addition, each little bean contains fiber translating to 1.8 grams per cup. A compound called trigonelline (in coffee) has antibacterial and anti-adhesive properties to prevent cavity formation. The list goes on.

On the other hand, coffee is not for everyone. A small handful of the population is unable to effectively metabolize caffeine, leading to nervousness, trembling, rapid heartbeat and even increased cholesterol. As a result, heart patients and pregnant women should limit or avoid caffeinated coffee. However, the majority of the population can rejoice and continue to enjoy the jolt from their java.

Decaffeinated coffee and teas will be featured in upcoming issues.

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Written by Brooks Juneau

April 25, 2008 at 3:36 pm

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