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Economy Pushes College Students in Wales to Choose Coffee Over Beer

Traditionally college students the world over survive on two main drinks, coffee and beer. Coffee gets them through the day and those all night study sessions. Beer is for fun. But in Wales the economy is pushing students closer to the coffee and farther away from beer.

College students are traditionally strapped for cash. They will generally use extra cash to party with. Its easy to go to a bar close to most campuses and see them hopping. But the student union bar at Aberystwyth University in Wales has had to close its doors because students are choosing to spend their money on coffee instead of beer. Some say this is because this generation of Brits has grown up in a “coffee culture”. Others say its because of the economy.

“More students are drinking coffee during the day while studying – and fewer are going out late into the night.” Student president Ben Meakin said. “This is partly because of the rise in tuition fees and students having to face further financial hardship.” “So the university has chosen to improve the main union building to make it a more appealing living room on campus during the day time.” Meakin added.

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!

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.

Coffee Lowers Risk of Gout in Older Women

Coffee is good for a lot of health conditions, that is a fact.  Now Reuter’s Health is reporting that Boston Researchers have found that it is also helpful in reducing the risk of gout in older women. 

“The risk of gout was 22 percent lower with coffee intake of 1-3 cups a day and 57% lower with a coffee intake of more than 4 cups a day” compared to those with no coffee consumption, the authors wrote in the August 25 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Coffee, consumed over a course of years, can reduce the risk of gout in post-menapausal women by up to 50%.  Gout occurs in about 1 in 20 post-menapausal women.  It is a painful condition caused from the buildup of uric acid in the blood which crystallizes and deposits itself in the body, usually the feet.

“The pain is described as one of the most severe pains a human being experiences, like a breaking bone. You can’t walk and even the weight of a bed sheet is not bearable,” lead author, Dr. Hyon Choi of Boston University’s School of Medicine, told Reuters Health.  He had previously done studies on the effects of coffee on gout in men.  Those studies showed that coffee was beneficial  in the reduction of gout in men.

Study Says Coffee NOT Linked To Colon Cancer

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the findings of a study on coffee and colon cancer online on May 7, 2010.  The result was good news.  Coffee is NOT linked to colon cancer so go ahead and drink up.

“Cutting down or removing sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet was viewed as a major target for preventing major cancers,” noted Dr. Barry Popkin of the University of North Carolina, who was not involved in the study.

Harvard researchers  used data from several previous studies and followed some 700,000 people for up to 20 years after they had reported their dietary habits.  Fewer than one in a hundred developed colon cancer, and neither coffee nor soft drinks influenced that rate appreciably.

“Drinking coffee, even more than six cups a day, was not associated with risk of colon cancer,” said Dr. Xuehong Zhang of the Harvard School of Public Health, who worked on the study. The findings, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, square with earlier research for coffee.

For the heaviest tea drinkers, who drank at least four cups a day, the risk of developing colon cancer rose by 28 percent, on average. However, that link could be due to chance, or factors that the researchers didn’t measure –whether or not people put sugar and milk in their tea, or had pastries with it, for example.

 

“The relationship between tea and colon cancer is unclear for the time being,” said Zhang.

Heartburn and Coffee Issues?

Coffee is loved nationwide.  However, some people have problems enjoying it because of it gives them heartburn.  I too have had this problem.   was able to find a stomach friendly coffee at www.honeybean.comthat helped me.  Its called Cophee and is a reduced acid coffee.  A lot of people suffer from this, enough that a study has been done.

European scientists have discovered a chemical in coffee that actually inhibits acid production in the stomach.  They found this while doing research on the stomach-irritating chemicals in coffee.

“The major import of our work is that it provides scientific evidence that you can produce a more stomach-friendly coffee by varying the processing technology,” said study author Veronika Somoza, professor and chair of the Research Platform of Molecular Food Science at the University of Vienna, Austria.

The results of this study were presented yesterday at the American Chemical’s Society annual meeting in San Francisco. 

The scientists looked at coffee’s effect on human stomach cells using a variety of preparations, including dark-roast, regular roast, decaffeinated and stomach-friendly. Instead of one single element, they identified a mixture of compounds — caffeine, catechols and N-alkanoly-5-hydroxytriptamides — as the chemicals in coffee that promote the production of stomach acid.

But a fourth chemical, N-methylpyridinium, which is more common in dark roasts, such as espresso and French roast blends, was found to inhibit acid.

N-methylpyridinium is a product of the roasting process itself, resulting in dark roasts that are less likely than lighter ones to cause stomach irritation, according to the research.

In furthering this research, the scientist plan on experimenting on human coffee drinkers to see if these findings translatete into real life coffee drnkers. 

Dr. Joseph Vinson, a professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania who has studied the antioxidant properties of coffee, said the study suggests the possibility of a less troublesome brew.

“Cell studies can be legitimate. They can lead to human studies that will say the same thing,” said Vinson. “She [Somoza] has figured out a research approach that is one way to do it, and it’s a question of whether it is relevant to the human realm.”

Vinson predicted it will be.

“There’s more than enough data [in the study] to make it interesting,” said Vinson. “There can be this special coffee that doesn’t bother you.”

WooHoo!!! Coffee Break!!!

We all do it.  We all look forward to it.  We premeditate it and we love it!  Its our coffee break! So, this begs the question of “when is the perfect time for this daily ritual.  Yes, there has been a study and coffeesage.com has the answer!

Professor Charles Spence of the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University conducted a research study which concluded that 11am is indeed the best time for a coffee break!  The study also concluded that lights, music, aroma and good company will give you a boost as well!

The witty professor even  has a coffee formula for the perfect coffee which was published in the “Challenging Tastes” report.  Are you ready for it?

M = 0.5 x F + (0.5 x E + 0.3 x P + 0.15 x C + 0.05 x T.

You combine great flavour (F) with the perfect environment (E), the container it comes in (P), who you drink coffee with (C) and the time of day you enjoy your coffee break (T) to create the most enjoyable coffee moment (M).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1256579/Formula-reveals-11am-ideal-time-perfect-coffee-break.html

Coffee Not Linked to Tinnitus

For decades people have believed that there is a negative link between tinnitus, which is ringing in the ear, and coffee  consumption.  Namely, many people believed that drinking coffee could cause increased ringing in the ear. In fact, if you suffer from tinnitus and stop drinking coffee, your problem might just get worse according to the Researchers at Bristol University’s Center for Hearing and Balance.

Dr. Lindsay St. Clare, the head researcher,told
ScienceDaily that the studies dismissed the correlation between coffee and tinnitus. “With almost 85 per cent of adults in the world consuming caffeine daily, we wanted to challenge the claim that caffeine makes tinnitus worse. Many professionals support caffeine withdrawal as a tinnitus therapy, even though there is a lack of any relevant evidence, and, in fact, acute symptoms of caffeine withdrawal might even make tinnitus worse.” St. Clare said.

So, go head and have a latte!

Coffee and Alcohol: A Sobering Study?

A new study published in Behavioral Neuroscience by Temple University suggests that the caffeine in coffee does not sober you up when you are intoxicated.  However, it will make you think that it has achieved a sobering affect.  

The Temple University study was conducted on mice using a maze with negative stimuli such as bright lights and loud sounds.  Those given only alcohol seemed to be more laid back, but failed miserably at completing the maze.  The mice given only caffeine tended to preform better on the maze, but were found to be more uptight.  The mice given an cocktail of alcohol and caffiene amounting to the human equivalent of 8 cups of coffee were both relaxed and alert, but also incompetent when it came to avoiding the negative stimuli of the test.

“The myth about coffee’s sobering powers is particularly important to debunk because the co-use of caffeine and alcohol could actually lead to poor decisions with disastrous outcomes,” says Thomas Gould, who conducted the research.  He further went on to state that those who consume both “may feel awake and competent enough to handle potentially harmful situations, such as driving while intoxicated or placing themselves in dangerous social situations.”

Coffee Helps You Become and Stay Fit

You have heard it for years. Personal trainers practice it diligently and so do bodybuilders. It helps your workout making you more effective. What is this miracle substance? Coffee. Plain and simple, coffee has remained a sort of “supplement” of choice among fitness buffs to become fit and maintain fitness.

Coffee is very effective when consumed just before a workout according to research by Dr. Robert Motl of the University of Illinois. It helps to block muscle fatigue symptoms, alowing you to do more and push yourself that extra mile.   Its important to remember to also consume enough water during your workout and the rest of your day to counter the fact that coffee is a diuretic.

Go ahead, drink up, workout hard and become fitter with less pain.