Health

Coffee, Your Liver’s New Best Friend

Coffee consumption has been linked to many health benefits in recent years and the good news keeps coming. Researchers, lead by Paul Yen, M.D, at the Duke University School of Medicine, have come out with just one more reason to consume caffeinated coffee and tea!! Apparently it my help those suffering from Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).

The research showed that drinking four or more cups of the caffeinated beverages a day may be “preventing and protecting against the progression of NAFLD in humans”, Paul Yen, M.D said. Fatty Liver Disease is prominent in people with diabetes and obesity. It is also seen in alcoholics. It is currently treated through diet and exercise. However, there is now hope for “caffeine-like drugs that do not have the usual side effects related to caffeine, but retain its therapeutic effects on the liver”, Paul Yen, M.D. said.

The School of Medicine has been studying caffeine’s effect on liver disease through the use of mice and cell cultures.

The new study results will be discussed in the September issue of “Hepatology”.

Pure Green Coffee Bean Extract: How much should you have for weight loss?

We have heard so many times the good that can come from drinking coffee. It seems that getting pure green coffee bean extract can be great for you too, especially to help you loose weight.

Dr. Oz has discussed the benefits of pure green coffee bean extract and has given a recommended dosage to receive the maximum benefit from taking it for weight loss.

With a team helping him, including Dr. Caroline Apovian and registered dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick,the Dr. Oz Green Coffee Bean Extract Project was intended to allow Dr. Oz to informally test the effects of the extract on 100 women between the ages of 35 and 49. 50 women were given a placebo three times a day before each meal, while the other 50 were given a 400 mg dose of green coffee bean extract three times a day before each meal. The findings showed that the women who took Green Coffee Bean extract tablets three times a day lost 2 pounds per week on average as compared to one pound of fat lost per week by the women who only took a placebo three times a day.

Dr. Oz has recommends getting supplements that contain at least 45% chlorogenic acid extract (sometimes listed as GCA) or Svetol. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take the supplements.

Coffee Consumption Linked to Glaucoma

Coffee is good for a whole lot of things, but I guess too much of a good thing can possibly lead to something not so good. A recent study at Harvard has linked having three or more cups of coffee per day to a slight increased risk of developing exfoliation glaucoma.

The study examined 78,977 women in a Nurses’ Health Study and 41,202 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. All of the participants were over 40 years old and none of them suffered from glaucoma. All of them had received eye exams from 1980 through 2008 according to Science Daily. All participants participated in health questionnaires.

Exfoliation glaucoma is caused by tiny white flakes that build up on the lens of the eye, according to the Medical Daily. The buildup causes pressure inside the eye. Its generally linked to 10% of people over 50 years old. Exfoliation glaucoma can lead to everything from vision loss to blindness.

“If the findings are confirmed,” study author Jae Hee Kang, ScD, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said, according to Yahoo! Health, “those at risk of exfoliation glaucoma—particularly those with a family history, would be recommended to limit their intake of coffee to less than three cups per day.”

CancerCare and Caribou Coffee Team Up Through Amy’s Blend To Provide Support for Those Affected by Breast Cancer

Caribou Coffee and CancerCare have come together to support those whose lives have been affected by Breast Cancer. Caribou Coffee will be debuting Amy’s Blend, an annual tradition, on National Coffee Day (September 29th) and then fully lunching its annual debut in October. This blend has been part of the brand for 17 years. It is roasted in honor of Caribou’s original Roastmaster, Amy Erickson, who sadly lost her battle to breast cancer in 1995.

For this year’s Amy’s Blend launch, CancerCare, a national nonprofit organization committed to providing free support services for anyone affected by cancer diagnosis, has partnered with Caribou Coffee to support breast cancer sufferers, survivors and family who are heartbroken, but hopeful in finding a cure for this horrible disease.

“Giving back to the community is at the core of our company, and we were moved by CancerCare’s approach to providing support services, including financial assistance, on a very local and individual level,” said Mike Tattersfield, president and CEO of Caribou Coffee. “We are very excited to work with an organization that will help those impacted by breast cancer in Caribou’s communities to provide support for co-payments, home care, transportation to and from treatment, and other miscellaneous costs and needs, all while paying tribute to our dear friend, Amy Erickson.”

Caribou Coffee will begin offering Amy’s Blend on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, National Coffee Day, and will sell the Amy’s Blend Collection, which includes coffee, tea and merchandise, through Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. You will be able to purchase them both in store and online. In addition to honoring Amy through this collection, Caribou has a Facebook page honoring Amy and providing information to CancerCare resources. They encourage everyone to “like” the page on September 29th, National Coffee Day. Why “like” it on that specific day? For every new “Like” on Caribou’s Facebook page on September 29th, the company will donate an additional $1 to CancerCare.

“Caribou Coffee’s generous commitment will help support CancerCare’s free nationwide services for people affected by breast cancer, which include counseling, support groups, education, and financial assistance,” said Helen H. Miller, LCSW, the CEO of CancerCare. “The partnership between Caribou and CancerCare is a natural fit, as both organizations care passionately about what they deliver.”

This is a blend and cause we can all get behind. May you rest in peace Amy.

Here are some sites you might want to visit:
www.cariboucoffee.com/amy
www.facebook.com/cariboucoffee

For full terms and conditions of the Amy’s Blend donations to CancerCare, please visit: www.cariboucoffee.com/liketodonate.

Green Coffee Bean Extract & Weight Loss

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for the next weight loss fad. I was tickled pink when I found a possible solution that involved coffee, well green coffee bean extract, but that’s close enough, right?

Green coffee bean extract was initially researched by several universities because of its perceived health benefits of supporting optimal fat metabolism and blood sugar regulation. They discovered that the seed inside of red coffee cherry berries is what actually does it. It has Chlorogenic acid, which is the magic ingredient. Because of the small successful study results concluded from dieting with pure green coffee bean extract, it was published in the prestigious the “Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity Journal” as an effective body fat burner and fat metabolism booster. The study followed the participants or 12 weeks and they lost about 1lb per week.

Dr. Oz was so impressed with the study that he featured it on his show. He was quick to say that you also need to maintain healthy diet and exercise.

Coffee May Protect People From Bowel and RectalCancer

Researchers at the US National Cancer Research Institute in Rockville, Maryland conducted a study on 490,000 people which concluded that drinking four or more cups of coffee a day may cut the chances of developing bowel cancer by 15%.

The study monitored the group over a span of 10 years. They began in the mid 1990′s by questioning the group about their exercise and dietary habits. For the group that reported drinking four or more cups of coffee each day, the risk of being diagnosed with bowel or rectal cancer over the decade was 15 percent lower than non-drinkers of coffee.

The research was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Kids, Coffee and ADHD, A Cure in A Cup?

Christie Haskell, blogger for Cafe Mom’s “The Stir” gives her seven year old son coffee first thing in the morning and follows it up with an extra dose later in the day. She revealed her “treatment” for her son’s ADHD on ABC News.

Mrs. Haskell claims that coffee keeps her son focused in the classroom and helps keep his behavioral issues in check. In short, she is using caffeine to treat his ADHD. She claims it works like a charm.

“He doesn’t overreact if we ask him to pick up Legos, rather than screaming and throwing himself on the floor,” Haskell told ABC. “And if we ask him to sit down and do homework, he can actually do it.”

Common symptoms of ADHD include inattentiveness, impulsivity and hyperactivity. A recent study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly one in 10 American children are diagnosed with ADHD. Traditionally this disorder is treated with Ritalin and behavior therapy. However as many as two-thirds of kids diagnosed with ADHD have used some form of alternative treatment, according to the NY Times.

Coffee May Lower the Risk of Stroke in Women

According to a new study in the Journal Stroke, women who drink at least one cup of coffee a day reduce their risk of stroke by as much as 25%.

Susanna Larsson of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm conducted the study.  She followed more than 34,000 Swedish women aged 49 to 83 who were free of heart disease for 10 years. After the post-decade follow-up, there were 1,680  women who had had strokes.  The study found that the women who drank at least one cup of coffee each day had a 22 to 25 percent lowered risk of stroke as compared to the women who drank less. The study also suggested that coffee can help prevent cognitive decline and can boost vision and heart health. It is also related to a reduced risk of liver cancer.

I feel healthier already!!!  Drink to your health!

5 Health Reasons To Drink Your Coffee

We love our coffee!  That goes without saying, it tastes great, perks us up and makes everyone else bearable on a Monday morning.  But the immediate benefits of coffee are not the only reasons to love it. 

Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., Associate Nutrition Editor at EatingWell Magazine has given us five health reasons that we should not stop drinking coffee.  Here they are:

1. It protects your heart:Moderate coffee drinkers (1 to 3 cups/day) have lower rates of stroke than noncoffee drinkers, an effect linked to coffee’s antioxidants. Coffee has more antioxidants per serving than blueberries, making it the biggest source of antioxidants in American diets. All those antioxidants may help suppress the damaging effect of inflammation on arteries. Immediately after drinking it, coffee raises your blood pressure and heart rate, but over the long term, it actually may lower blood pressure as coffee’s antioxidants activate nitric acid, widening blood vessels.

2. It diverts diabetes: Those antioxidants (chlorogenic acid and quinides, specifically) play another role: boosting your cells’ sensitivity to insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar. In fact, people who drink 4 or more cups of coffee each day may have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to some studies. Other studies have shown that caffeine can blunt the insulin-sensitivity boost, so if you do drink several cups a day, try mixing in decaf occasionally.

3. Your liver loves it: OK, so the research here is limited, but it looks like the more coffee people drink, the lower their incidence of cirrhosis and other liver diseases. One analysis of nine studies found that every 2-cup increase in daily coffee intake reduced liver cancer risk by 43 percent. Again, it’s those antioxidants—chlorogenic and caffeic acids—and caffeine that might prevent liver inflammation and inhibit cancer cells.

4. It boosts your brain power: Drinking between 1 and 5 cups a day (admittedly a big range) may help reduce risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as Parkinson’s disease, studies suggest. Those antioxidants may ward off brain cell damage and help the neurotransmitters involved in cognitive function to work better.

5. It helps your headaches: And not just the withdrawal headaches caused by skipping your daily dose of caffeine! Studies show that 200 milligrams of caffeine—about the amount in 16 ounces of brewed coffee—provides relief from headaches, including migraines. Exactly how caffeine relieves headaches isn’t clear. But scientists do know that caffeine boosts the activity of brain cells, causing surrounding blood vessels to constrict. One theory is that this constriction helps to relieve the pressure that causes the pain, says Robert Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology and director of the Headache Clinic at the University of Vermont Medical School.

So go ahead, drink up and live long!

Study Shows Coffee Reduces Diabetes Risk in Women

Coffee produces a protein which appears to regulate sex hormones in women, in turn, reducing their risk of developing diabetes, according to a study released by UCLA.  The protein has been shown to protect against diabetes.

The study found women who drank four cups of coffee a day were less than half as likely to develop diabetes than those who did not drink any coffee.   Decafinated coffee did not appear to produce the same effect on the risk on diabetes.

Studies Show Coffee Use Can Help Reduce Disease Risk

The Harvard School of Public Health has released an observational study showing that moderate coffee consumption can help reduce the risk of developing certain diseases including diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, liver cancer and cirrhosis. 

The study was based on researchers drawing conclusion based on differences between the number of disease cases in coffee drinkers versus non-drinkers.

The Harvard University School of Health has an 
infographic which includes Health Benefits, Health Risks, Caffeine Comparisons, and a Facts & Statistics a page addressing each disease the study indicated was affected by coffee consumption.