Coffee-drinkers have less arterial disease

CoffeeLessArterialDiseaseAmericans love their coffee.

They drink more coffee than they do soft drinks—61 percent to 41 percent. For years we were told by some religions and some health ‘experts’ that it was bad for our health.

But maybe coffee lovers should not feel guilty. Turns out it has more health benefits than we thought.

Researchers have recently discovered that coffee beans contain a natural blend of polyphenol antioxidants, bioflavonoids, vitamins and minerals that all work together to offer many health–promoting benefits.

There are over 1,000 natural chemicals in coffee, and researchers are only beginning to understand how they work.

According to Dr. Mercola (who drinks coffee only occasionally), a study following 25,000 people who drank three to five cups of coffee a day, were LESS likely to have calcium deposits (leading to hardening of the arteries) in their arteries than those who drank NO… or MORE coffee daily.

Coffee appears to have protective effects on the heart, and may trigger as much as a 30 percent increased blood flow in the small vessels, taking the strain off the heart.

For the first time ever, coffee is ‘pardoned’ by the USDA’s 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Previous studies have related a higher rate of Parkinson’s disease and dementia among non-coffee-drinkers.

Researchers have found that coffee promotes the production of neurotransmitting serotonin and dopamine, and activates damaged brain stem cells to convert into new neurons.

It has also been found that 4-6 cups of daily coffee may help victims of multiple scleros, due to its neuroprotective properties.

Amazingly, recent research suggests that coffee drinkers are less susceptible to melanoma (the most dangerous skin cancer), because coffee has been found to suppress UVB-induced skin carcinogenesis, DNA damage and inflammation in epidermal cells.

However—and this is a big however—, of the 61 percent of Americans who drink coffee, many of them load it with commercial fake sweeteners and creamers. The tests, published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, found that junk additives and weak coffee negate most of the health benefits of the coffee bean.

Black and organic is the best. Dark roasts such as French, espresso and Italian roasts are much higher in neuroprotective agents. Researchers have found that dark roasts produce blood levels of the antioxidants vitamin E and glutathione more effectively than light roasts.

If sweeteners are required, use honey, pure maple syrup or Stevia. Add real milk, coconut milk or cream if desired, NOT processed creamers, loaded with chemical additives.

Surprisingly, the biggest coffee producers—Brazil, Vietnam, Columbia. Indonesia, Ethiopia, India, Honduras, Mexico, Uganda and Guatemala are not the biggest coffee consumers. Even U.S. coffee consumers are only 16th on the list of coffee lovers.

The world’s biggest coffee drinkers are some of the coldest countries, and obviously they all have to import.

The biggest coffee drinkers on the globe are (in order): Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Poland, Norway, Slovenia, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland and New Zealand (at 15th, just ahead of U.S.).

Interestingly, those cold countries also lead the world in health and well-being. They don’t use much processed food. Coffee is certainly not a cure-all, but clearly it’s not a demon, either.

Sources: Theepochtimes.com, Worldatlas.com

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