Jumping Java Joe
Coffee is a valuable beverage. In the last century it was often given a long bad rap sheet. The majority of those negative claims have been neutralized over the years by positive beneficial evidence.
Coffee makes up over 1,000 different ingredients. We are going to focus on caffeine and cafestol.
Caffeine, the stimulant in coffee, that helps us to jump into our day, be it work or play. The chemical increases your will to do a task, in addition to decreasing your reaction time. It increases performance that requires strength and/or power. It decreases recovery time and soreness for muscles that have been worked too hard. It allows you to spot grammar errors more easily. It keeps the interior of the blood vessels supple and tone. It will also cause a synergistic (1+1=3) effect with any analgesic (acetaminophen, naproxen, ibuprofen, etc.). Purchase just the anti-inflammatory product and take it with coffee or a caffeine pill. This will sometimes save you substantially at the pharmacy.
Cafestol is the fatty substance that is held back by the paper filter in the drip coffee method. Paper actually absorbs a majority of the cafestol. Cafestol can raise cholesterol levels by 8% in men and 10% in women. In fact, it is one of the strongest dietary agents know to elevate cholesterol. When the java is percolated, brewed by French Style (french press) or shot down Italian style (espresso), cafestol ends up saturating the coffee. Add that to the creams and sugar flavor concoctions that are whipped up by our local coffee houses shooting up both bad cholesterol (LDL) and total cholesterol. Resistance to the less healthy consumption methods is sometimes futile. The taste is so darn delicious. Another new flavor comes out, and you just want to see what it tastes like, again. 🙂 I say, at least cut back and brew your own.
Classified As Milkshake, Dessert Or An Entrée?
A study in ’12, from the New England Journal of Medicine, showed a protective effect from death by 10-15% over the 13 year study with 2-3 cups of coffee per day. A total of four other studies showed a similar effect.
Additional Beneficial Effects of Coffee
Improves Body Composition (less fat in all the wrong places and more muscle in the right places)
Increases Burning Of Fat (turns up the thermostat regulating body functions)
Lowers Risk Of Heart Attack And Heart Disease (has to do with caffeine keeping blood vessels “young” by increasing nitric acid production)
The Big “C” Is Reduced, Sometimes Substantially (prostate, lung, breast, endometrial, pancreatic, basal cell carcinoma, colon and stomach)
Associated With Lower Risks Of: Parkinson Disease, Adult Onset Diabetes (Type Two), Metabolic Syndrome, women’s depression and maybe Alzheimer’s Disease
Oh, one more thing:
Those that drink coffee regularly get fewer headaches. But, if you stop coffee “cold turkey”, be ready for some internal head banging going on for up to three days. So, do yourself and your friends a favor. Decrease consumption slowly if you want drop off the coffee world.