June 3rd, 2010

Coffee World News

May 26th, 2010

Coffee World News

May 24th, 2010

Coffee World News

May 19th, 2010

Peppermint Tea – Good For What Ails You…

January 6th, 2010

Take a look at a recent video I made about the medicinal qualities of Peppermint.  Although the video is a bit lighthearted in nature, I was very surprised with some of the information that turned up during my research, especially when it came to the effects of Peppermint on abdominal health.  My girlfriend and I were both interested in finding out whether the claims would pan out.  We started having a glass of Peppermint Tea, courtesy of the Timothy’s Peppermint Tea K-Cup, after each meal.

Needless to say, we have been amazed at the results.  Soothing on the stomach and absolutely perfect as an aid to digestion.  If you have suffered from any kind of stomach issue, I urge you to give Peppermint Tea a try, especially if you are considering medication for your problem.  We have a great deal on Timothy’s Peppermint Tea K-Cups at Coffee.org for those of you that own a Keurig Brewer.

The Health Benefits of Coffee

January 5th, 2010

from Coffee.org

Coffee has undergone a renaissance of thought in the last few decades, with many published studies documenting the overwhelming health benefits of drinking 3 – 4 cups per day. While it has always been used to increase alertness and stimulate productivity, new information has emerged that asserts the whole body benefits of drinking coffee. Take a look at some of the newest information on Coffee and Health.

Alzheimer’s Disease
Interest in the idea that the consumption of coffee or caffeine might protect against the development of Alzheimer’s disease is growing. Various studies have shown that coffee drinkers at midlife had a lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life compared with those drinking little to no coffee, with lowest risk being found in people who drank 3 - 5 cups of coffee per day.

The beneficial effects of caffeine on asthma have been appreciated for well over 100 years. In Scotland, caffeine has been used to treat asthma since at least 1860. Marcel Proust, a famous asthmatic, wrote in ‘A l’Ombre de Jeunes Filles en Fleur’ that he used caffeine as a child which “was prescribed to help me breathe”. He was born in 1871. In a study of 72,000 Italian Coffee drinkers, the risk of asthma fell by 28% when three or more cups of coffee were consumed every day. A second study on 20,000 Americans found that risk of asthma fell significantly by 30% and risk of wheeze fell by 13% when regular coffee drinkers were compared with non-coffee drinkers.

It has been shown that coffee possesses greater antioxidant activity than other beverages, due in part to intrinsic compounds such as chlorogenic acid and in part to compounds formed during roasting. Coffee has been confirmed to have significantly greater antioxidant activity than cola, alcohol, many fruit juices, lemon ice tea or black tea. The roasting of coffee beans has been shown to dramatically increase their total antioxidant activity. Coffee beans are one of the richest dietary sources of chlorogenic acid, a strong antioxidant.

Although researchers are unsure which components of the beverage are responsible, Scientists in a prospective investigation found that men who drank the most coffee had a 60 percent lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer than men who drank none. Researchers from Lund University and Malmö University in Sweden have found that, depending on which variant of a certain gene a woman has, a coffee consumption rate of at least 2-3 cups per day can either reduce the total risk or delay the onset of breast cancer. A study in 2005 of more than 90,000 Japanese found that those who drank coffee daily had half the liver cancer risk of those who never drank coffee. A report in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also found that women who reported drinking one to three daily cups of coffee were 28 percent less likely to die of other non-cancerous inflammatory diseases.

A Dutch study of 17,111 adults identified 306 new cases of type 2 diabetes and showed that those participants who drank at least 7 cups of coffee per day were half as likely to develop the disease. A comprehensive review published by the Archives of Internal Medicine involving 18 studies and over 500,000 people found that drinking four cups of coffee, decaf or tea daily can reduce the chances of getting Type 2 diabetes by about 25 percent to 35 percent. The analysis found that for each cup of coffee people drank, their likelihood of getting diabetes dropped by 7 percent.

Although excessive amounts of caffeine can sometimes cause a headache, coffee actually constricts the blood vessels, so drinking a cup or two if you feel a headache coming on can go a long way towards preventing it. Doctors at the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, have found that ibuprofen is more active against tension headaches when combined with caffeine.

Heart Disease
In a cross-sectional study of over 10,000 subjects in the Scottish Heart Health Study, it was found that non coffee drinkers had a significantly higher risk of coronary heart disease than those who enjoyed 2-3 cups a day. Another study tracking 129,000 men and women over two decades found that people who consumed 3-4 cups of coffee every day were less likely to die of heart disease than those who did not. Researchers from the University of Minnesota studied the data of more than 27,000 women found that those who consumed one to three cups of coffee daily were 24 percent less likely to die of heart disease, compared with those who didn’t drink coffee. The researchers also found that women who drank four to five cups per day were 34% less likely to die of heart disease, while men who had more than five cups a day were 44% less likely to die from heart disease.

Parkinson’s disease
The available evidence consistently demonstrates that coffee consumption lowers the risk of Parkinson’s disease. A review of total scientific literature on the subject demonstrated that coffee drinkers had a 31% less chance of developing Parkinson’s disease than non-coffee drinkers. A Hawaiian study conducted over a 30 year period and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that of 8,000 Japanese/American men, those who drank 3-4 cups of coffee per day were 5 times less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. A large study consisting of 29,000 Finnish subjects found a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease among habitual coffee drinkers. A further study consisting of 6700 subjects, also conducted in Finland, reported similar findings and concluded that “The results support the hypothesis that coffee consumption reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease…”

Liver Cirrhosis
Two studies from the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in California demonstrated that drinking coffee could protect against cirrhosis of the liver. In a study of 59 cases of liver cirrhosis, it was shown that subjects who drank 4-6 cups of coffee a day had an 80% less chance of developing liver cirrhosis than non-coffee drinkers. In another study, it was reported that coffee drinkers had a 23% less chance of dying from liver cirrhosis than non-coffee drinkers. A third study of 51,306 Norwegian adults diagnosed 53 case of liver cirrhosis caused by alcohol consumption and showed improvement in mortality for those who drank coffee. Yet another larger Italian study of 274 cases reported an 83% lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis in subjects who drank 4-6 cups of coffee per day.

Gallstone Disease
It has been shown that coffee consumption protects against gallstone disease in men and women. Two published studies from Italy and Greece have shown a protective effect of coffee against the development of gallstones. A publication from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study on 46,008 men found that men who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day were 45% less likely to develop gallstones and gallbladder disease. Similarly, a publication from the Nurses Health Study on 80,898 women found that women who drank 4 or more cups of caffeinated coffee per day were 28% less likely to have their gallbladder removed.