Coffee Trend That May Be Risky For Health

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coffeeCoffee is associated with many health benefits, but too much caffeinated coffee may lead to insomnia, nervousness, heart palpitations, and the jitters.

French press coffee may be all the rage right now, but it comes with health risks, reports the May 2016 Harvard Health Letter.

Making pressed coffee involves mixing boiling water and coarsely ground coffee beans in a small pitcher, letting it steep for a few minutes, and then pressing a mesh plunger from the top of the pitcher to the bottom to strain the liquid and trap the coffee grounds.

Devotees say this type of coffee is more flavorful than coffee that’s filtered in an automatic drip coffeemaker. But is it healthier? “We don’t know; it’s never been studied that carefully, and it likely depends on the beans and the roasting process,” says Dr. Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. What we do know is that too much unfiltered coffee may raise “bad” LDL cholesterol, because it contains certain harmful compounds that would otherwise be trapped by a filter.

Even filtered coffee comes with risks. Drinking too much caffeinated coffee may lead to insomnia, nervousness, heart palpitations, and the jitters. If any of those lead to getting less sleep every night, the risk of developing chronic conditions goes up.

Fortunately for coffee lovers, the savory brew is also associated with many health benefits when intake is limited to five cups or fewer per day, such as lower blood pressure, a slower rate of weight gain with age, and reduced risks for developing type 2 diabetes or dying from cardiovascular disease or neurological diseases.

Read the full-length article: “Coffee: Love it or leave it?”

Also in the May 2016 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

* Hearing loss: Early warning signs that are easy to miss

* In search of comfortable shoes, despite foot problems

* The latest thinking on heartburn medications

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10 Ways To Reap Health Benefits From Coffee

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By Dylan Chumleigh

coffeeCoffee is consumed in huge proportions around the world. But seldom does anyone realize how beneficial it could be for health. In fact many consider coffee to be unhealthy due to myths and misconceptions surrounding it. But many scientific studies conducted recently have brought forward better facts about coffee, enumerating its health benefits. Here’s how your cup of ‘Joe’ helps you get stronger and better.

1. Coffee Reduces Risk Of Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is becoming increasingly common among aged population. But scientists have found that long-term coffee intake is associated with reduced risks of getting Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A study in 2012 showed that coffee was the best source of caffeine that brought improvement in cognitive function.

2. Lowers The Risk of Diabetes
When body doesn’t produce sufficient insulin it causes Type 2 diabetes. Coffee extracts help body by preventing insulin-producing cells from being destroyed. The coffee extracts, mainly caffeine, caffeic acid, and chlorogenic acid are the primary compounds that help in reversing this degeneration of insulin-producing cells. Besides, studies show that the chlorogenic acid content in coffee can reduce Type 2 Diabetes by up to 67 percent.

3. Keeps Heart Healthy
It is important to keep cardiovascular system healthy and working optimally. Drinking 2 cups of coffee a day could ensure that for you. Type 2 Diabetes generally leads to increased risk of heart strokes and heart diseases. As mentioned above, coffee helps in lowering the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, which in turn reduces the likelihood of heart strokes and heart diseases. But it is also important to understand that coffee should be taken in moderation, anything beyond would bring adverse effects. Evidence suggests a stronger effect of coffee for women.

cupcoffee4. Protects Against Liver Diseases
In United States cirrhosis and liver diseases claims approximately 35,000 lives each year. But recent studies show that coffee can to great extent protect liver from this deterioration. Coffee curbs and lowers the activity level of liver enzyme responsible for destroying liver cells. The extensive study under Kaiser Permanente Medical Care found that people who drank 4 cups coffee daily were less susceptible to developing this condition in comparison to non-drinkers.

5. Brings Marked Improvement In Weight Loss
Coffee has been found successful in helping lose weight due its metabolism boosting power. Your body’s fat burning capabilities are enhanced greatly with higher metabolism. To get maximum weight loss benefits from coffee you need to abstain from having excessive sugar and milk which add extra carbohydrates, fat and calories in your cup.

6. Respite From Pain
This remarkable drink doesn’t just energize, but relieves you from any pain. Studies have found out that caffeine content in coffee works on the denosine neuromodulatory system, a system in the brain and spinal cord to reduce pain.

7. Preventive Against Parkinson’s Disease
The neurodegenerative disorder, Parkinson’s disease is just next to Alzheimer’s. But studies suggested a remarkable improvement in cognitive decline with consumption of caffeinated coffee.

8. Protects Against Cancer
The chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, phytoestrogens and caffeine content in coffee are key compounds that help in reducing cancer risks.

9. Source To Vital Antioxidants
Morning wakeup drink for many, coffee is also number one source of antioxidants. In fact a study concluded that Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Both types of coffee, the caffeinated and decaf give similar amount of coffee.

10. Reduces Post-Workout Muscle Soreness
A challenging workout may leave you in a lot of pain with muscle soreness. Coffee can however attenuate any post-workout muscle soreness, a study revels. The science behind it has been speculated to be associated with caffeine blocking the activity of adenosine. This chemical is released in response to injury which can activate the pain receptor of the body. Caffeine delays this causing less soreness and pain.

– Dylan Chumleigh is a guest writer for more than 5 blogs related to coffee, health, house- ware, shopping, skin care etc. He spent his most of the time by exploring new place and writing.

Guest Post – Cal Orey, Coffee…..Nature’s Surprising Superfood

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Did You Know?… Hot coffee may keep away a Superbug? Research shows that drinking a steaming hot cup of joe may lessen developing MRSA bacteria in your nose. That’s right; your nose knows that there may be antimicrobial properties in coffee that may be linked to lowering the risk of carrying MRSA bacteria in your nasal passages.

Wake Up To The Amazing Perks Of Coffee

It’s the ever-popular beverage we can’t live without—yet few consume it without some guilt. But the wonderful truth is that coffee has abundant health benefits. Coffee boasts more antioxidants than cocoa and tea, and even more than renowned antioxidant-rich fruits like oranges and blueberries. In fact, there are hundreds of healing compounds in coffee.

Recent studies have shown that coffee consumption can significantly decrease or reduce the risk of many conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, dental caries, diabetes, gallstone disease, and liver disease. Here are eight common health ailments and DIY at-home coffee cures. Savor the different roasts, blends, flavored coffees and drinks that can be your best friend. But caution, consult your health care practitioner before putting to work any coffee cure.

1. DEPRESSION (Lose the gloom and doom): You may be one of the 10 percent of Americans experiencing a melancholy misery. No one is immune. The 21st century comes with a mixed bag of stressors, including from love problems or lack of love to money matters or no job.

What Coffee Rx to Use: Try a 12-ounce cup of medium roast (City) and dark roast (Italian or French) two times each day. Better yet, make that organic java. Add milk and dark chocolate.

Why You’ll Be Perked Up! There is light at the end of the dark tunnel for gloom and doom times. Drinking a couple of cup of coffee can boost mood. Also, adding milk, a mineral that can calm nerves and muscles, plus dark chocolate, which contains tryptophan, can help lessen anxiety and stress (which often are linked to depression).

2. FATIGUE (Get a pick-me-up) If you’re dragging your feet complaints may be more than less. After all, we need energy to work and play and enjoy life. If fatigue is due to lack of shut-eye or burning the candle at both ends, or trying to adapt to seasonal changes, coffee may come to your rescue.

The Coffee Rx to Use: Order a 16-ounce café mocha (with dark chocolate flavoring and dark chocolate shavings) at a coffee shop or make your own at home. (See recipe Seize the Day Café au Lait.)

Why You’ll Be Perked Up!: It’s a fact: Caffeine boosts your mental and physical energy. Dark chocolate contains theobromine, like caffeine has as stimulating effect on the central nervous system. Anadamide aka the “bliss chemical” occurs naturally in the brain and when released to our brain receptors can boost good feelings. Millions of people every day get a jump-start in the morning by drinking a cup of coffee (or two) to enjoy that jolt so they can get a move on.

3. FLU (Shake the aches and pains) Getting and staying bright-eyed and energized is good, and life without aches and pains due to a quick onset of the dreaded flu is great. During the fall and winter the flu can hit you suddenly and it’s not fun to be out of commission, especially when life is calling for you to participate. But if the flu visits you there may be a way to say goodbye faster.

cupcoffeeThe Coffee Rx to Use: Try one 12-ounce cup of medium roast (for its antioxidants) and hold flavorings, cream, and sugar. Add lemon or orange slices and honey. Repeat in moderation as needed. Also, drink plenty of water, herbal tea, and fresh juices.

Why You’ll Be Perked Up!: Coffee is a super pick-me-up which will give you the energy that’ll help you to feel better. It contains the component quinic acid—and this is what gives coffee that sour acidic taste. It’s a natural compound found in apples, peaches, and pears. It’s also one of the primary ingredients in the Tamiflu formula—the stuff that people take when the flu hits home. Tamiflu is a pricey prescription medicine that is known for shortening flu symptoms. And remember, coffee also contains anti-inflammatory properties—key to fighting pain, which could be a godsend if you’re fighting the flu. A bonus: Citrus is immune-boosting and honey is antibacterial to help prevent a respiratory infection.

4. HANGOVER (Say goodbye to the “ugh”) Avoiding getting the flu is probably easier than falling victim to a killer hangover. Paying the price of a headache after overindulgence of booze can and does happen from celebrating or escaping woes. Then, your body has to deal with feeling terrible.

What Coffee Rx to Use: Try one 12-ounce cup of medium roast coffee with one tablespoon of honey and an aspirin.

Why You’ll Be Perked Up!: Coffee contains caffeine so if you team it with an aspirin it can work faster to help cure a headache. A cup of coffee paired with an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory painkiller may do the trick, blocking the headache compound culprit—acetate. Also, honey is rich in fructose and enzymes—which can boost metabolism of alcohol so you can shake that headache.

5. HEADACHE (Stop the pain cold): Hangovers are self-induced by overindulgence in alcohol, whereas, headaches are triggered by a mixed bag of reasons. Ironically, caffeine—found in coffee—is a one common trigger to headaches—but it can also help to make the pain go away.

What Coffee Rx to Use: A cappuccino or café mocha, can be helpful, too, due to its magnesium, which can help alleviate headaches. Also, keep your coffee intake steady and timely.

Why You’ll Be Perked Up!: The link between coffee and headaches is a tricky one. New York Headache Center’s Dr. Alexander Mauskop, M.D., says that when drank infrequently in small amounts, regular coffee (not decaf) can be helpful in treating tension headaches. “This is because caffeine has some pain-killing properties, gets to the brain quickly and helps in the absorption of other medications,” he explains. But note, if you’re predisposed to having headaches, the limit is one cup a day, adds Dr. Mauskop.

6. JET LAG (Perk up to a smooth post flight): Jet lag happens when we disrupt our normal “circadian” rhythms that help us wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night. Drinking coffee helps counter the effects caused by jet lag and helps us to function normally by improving our ability to communicate and to boost our short-term memory. So, when we have to take a jet plane can java juice help us get through the imbalance of your body and mind?

Coffee Rx to Use: Drink small amounts (2-ounce or 4-ounce) of medium roast brew on a regular basis during the day both at your new destination and also when you return home.

Why You’ll Be Perked Up!: Caffeine, a primary ingredient in coffee, can help you to fight the jet lag blues, thanks to the hypothalamus gland, the main control center of the body clock in the brain, by shifting into a patter that fits in with the time zone of our destination.

7. WATER RETENTION (Blast the bloat): Bloating can hit when you’re upset, are PMS-ing and retaining water, during the “pause” thanks to shifting hormones, and even when you’re eating the wrong foods. Not only is bloat frustrating when your stomach is too puffy to wear your skinny jeans or favorite dress, but it’s also often uncomfortable.

What Coffee Rx to Use: Try an 8-ounce cup or two of black medium roast with a slice or two of lemon. Drink a glass of water for a double effect. Also, pair a cup of coffee with a piece of fresh water-dense fruit.

Why You’ll Be Perked Up! Drinking bloat-busting lemony coffee, a natural diuretic because of its caffeine, citrus, and water content, will help alleviate pesky water retention that causes bloating. Plus, the potassium in fruit can help counteract unwanted sodium and bloat, too.

8. UNIVERSAL EMERGENCY AID (Savor the buzz): Wanting to rid of water weight before a holiday event may seem like an ER time, but a real emergency can rock your boat. Blackouts, earthquakes, and severe storms can make it seem like your world has ended as you once knew it. Before or after, a cup of coffee may seem like godsend to help you feel normal and hang in there.

What Coffee Rx to Use: Opt for a 12-ounce cup of instant coffee (flavored is a good choice).

Why You’ll Be Perked Up! Coffee is comforting and energizing. These perks will help you keep awake and able to keep on top of the latest news, and help you stay calm but prepared. Plus, if you don’t have electricity, instant coffee (water heated on a gas stove) will provide you with that much wanted java jolt.

(Reprint permission excerpts from The Healing Powers of Coffee: A Complete Guide to Nature’s Surprising Superfood, by Cal Orey, published by Kensington, July 31, 2012.)

cal– Cal Orey, M.A., is an accomplished author and journalist specializing in topics such as health, science, pets, and relationships. Her hugely successful Healing Powers book series include The Healing Powers of Honey, The Healing Powers of Chocolate, The Healing Powers of Vinegar, and The Healing Powers of Olive Oil (all published by Kensington). She lives in Northern California. Her website is

Guest Post – Suzanne Gindi, Is It Safe to Drink Slimming Coffee Products?

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bananaDue to unhealthy eating habits, many people are dealing with weight problems and because of that they are trying to find effective ways on how to lose weight. Maybe you are one of those people and you have tried several weight loss programs but failed to achieve your goals. You might have tried going to the gym and do some workout but it causes you muscle pains that makes you unable to move the following day. You might have tried some diet programs but became unsuccessful because you can’t control your appetite. If you feel that you are running out of options, you don’t have to worry because you still have one option left. You can still lose weight by drinking slimming coffee products.

cupcoffeeAll of slimming coffee brands claim that you will get the perfect body figure that you dream of by drinking their coffee. All you need to do is to buy their coffee, prepare it and drink and there you go you are on your way of losing weight. It may sound very easy but it is not. If you are not careful, your slimming coffee can cause harm rather than good. If this is the case, then you might be wondering whether using slimming coffee products is safe or not.

Drinking slimming coffee products could be beneficial or could be harmful to you depending on the brand that you use. A slimming coffee product is considered safe and effective if it passed a series of laboratory test and examination. If this is the kind of coffee product you are drinking, then you can feel confident that it will bring positive effects to you as long as you follow the detailed instructions provided with the coffee pack. However, even if the slimming coffee is already tested in the laboratory, you still need to figure out how your body reacts when you drink the coffee. Each person reacts differently on a certain coffee product and if you feel that your body is reacting negatively, it is advisable for you to stop drinking it.

medicalSometimes you need to consult the doctor to confirm if it is advisable for you to drink a particular brand of slimming coffee. Some coffee brands contain a chemical substance known as sibutramine. This chemical is known as an effective treatment for obesity but should only be taken under the guidance of a doctor. If you consume this chemical without supervision, you could suffer from side effects such as chest pains, high blood pressure, and getting thirsty all the time. Furthermore it could lead to serious health risk such as stroke and heart attack. For this reason, you should always analyze the chemicals and ingredients used in a slimming coffee product before buying one.

So, going back to the issue whether drinking slimming coffee product is safe or not, the answer is – it depends on you. If you have chosen the right slimming coffee brand, check its chemical ingredients, and consult your doctor before using it then you can have the peace of mind that it is safe to drink.

– Guest author Suzanne Gindi is the owner of – a company that provides quality beauty and slimming products.