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Coffee…a Health Drink!?!

coffee_beansBy Robert A. Eslinger, D.O., H.M.D. |

Yes, you read that right. An exciting new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that coffee drinking may add years to your life span!

Recent evidence is beginning to paint a vastly different picture of the benefits of regular coffee consumption. Contrary to what many health “experts” have been saying, these studies are proving the ability of coffee to reduce blood vessel disease, slash cancer risk, preserve mental function, and mitigate diabetes and obesity.

It turns out that coffee is rich in over 1,000 different natural compounds called polyphenols. These chemicals have proven their ability to turn on genes that promote youthful cellular functions.

One coffee compound in particular, chlorogenic acid, provides a multitude of these benefits including inhibiting after meal glucose surges that can contribute to obesity and diabetes.

In a recent study at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of more than 52,000 members of AARP, it was discovered that the more coffee subjects drank, the less likely they were to die-from all causes.

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants with all the health benefits that implies. But they also have other, more complex actions including the surprising ability to modulate gene expression, regulating how much, and how often, a particular gene is “switched on”. That means these polyphenols regulate many of a cell’s most fundamental processes, including signals that tell cells when to die, when to replicate and when to release or respond to other chemical signals.

The net effect of this impact on cellular signaling includes improvements in tissue repair, immunity and the body’s ability to maintain itself in a steady state called homeostasis. Impaired cellular signaling has been implicated in causing cancer, type 2 diabetes, and the risks for heart disease and stroke.

Coffee benefits your brain. In one study of 676 individuals with an average age of 75 years, coffee consumption was associated with significantly less cognitive decline over a 10 year time period. The least decline was observed with consumption of 3 cups of coffee per day, which was associated with a remarkable 4.3 times smaller level of decline in cognitive function compared with non-consumers of coffee.

A recent large epidemiological study showed that women with the highest coffee intake are about 30% less likely to develop endometrial cancer than those who consume none.

After years of suspecting coffee of having negative impacts on health, scientists have now concluded that it has remarkable health benefits. Most strikingly, a recent study demonstrated sharp reductions in the risks of dying from any cause, in direct proportion to the amount of coffee consumed. This study comes on the heels of numerous others that demonstrate reduced risk of dying from specific diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders.

Now coffee lovers can enjoy their “Mornin Jo” guilt free!

References:

  • Freedman ND, Park Y, Abnet CC, Hollenbeck AR, Sinha R, Association of coffee drinking with total and cause specific mortality, N Engl J Med, 2012 May17;366(20):1891-904.
  • Kempf K, Herder C, Erlund I, et al. Effects of coffee consumption on subclinical inflammation and other risk factors for type 2 diabetes: a clinical trial, Am J Clin Nutr, 2010 Apr; 91(4): 950-7.

For further information contact Reno Integrative Medical Center, 6110 Plumas St., Ste.B, Reno, NV 89519, 775-829-1009, www.renointegrativemedicalcenter.com