Health Benefits of Decaf Coffee

Possible Health Benefits of Drinking Decaf Coffee
Weve noticed a definite shift towards decaf coffee in the last year or two as consumers are increasingly looking for healthier versions of their favourite foods and drinks. Of course its nothing new, decaffeinated coffee has been around for decades, but now youll see it right at the top of the drinks list at pretty much any coffee shop you care to visit.

So are there real health benefits to drinking decaf? There are many studies published that say there are definite and measurable benefits, so we took at a look at one of the more prominent pieces of research. Studies conducted by Dr. Giulio Maria Pasinetti, professor of neurology and psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City concentrated on how decaf coffee could potentially be used to treat or even prevent mental decline.

Coffee beans contain a number of different substances that contribute to its taste and aroma, some of which his team tested to determine if there were any identifiable positive health benefits. Caffeic acid, a phenol based chemical, has in particular been found to contain elements that have both anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. Coffee also contains a substance called chlorogenic acid, which has already been proven to help minimise glucose production in the liver, which in turn prevents hyperglycemic peak after ingesting food and drinks with high sugar content.

So if coffee contains all of these positive elements, why is decaf the preferred healthy option? Its simply because the caffeine present in coffee still poses a small potential risk of triggering heart diseases. Once removed, the full health benefits of coffee become more viable. Dr Pasinettis study also revealed that decaffeinated coffee can enhance the metabolism of sugar and help convert it to energy. This is particularly interesting because type 2 diabetes can lead to mental decline due to reduced sugar metabolism in the brain. Therefore, there is a strong and well published link between decaf coffee and the prevention of mental decline caused by diabetes and Alzheimers disease.

To be clear, the health benefits go beyond the absence of caffeine in decaf. The actual decaffeination process itself leaves behind a substance called cafestrol, which has been shown to enhance the bodys production of bile acid, as well as having anti inflammatory properties that are particularly beneficial to the brain. The process of decaffeination, however, does not reduce the level of antioxidants present in coffee.

So there are very few reasons to avoid decaf unless you particularly need it to kick start your day or keep you awake on a long drive. If youre drinking coffee purely for the taste, then its definitely worth considering. Gone are the days when decaf had a nasty aftertaste or was viewed as somehow inferior to standard coffee. Sure, its a little more expensive, but this is simply due to the cost of processing it.
In summary, Dr Pasinettis studies confirmed the findings from many other similar pieces of work, namely:

Decaf coffee can reduce the risk of developing diabetes
The anti-oxidant properties of decaf coffee can protect the cells from damage that can lead to diabetes. The decaf process doesnt remove the chlorogenic acid content which is responsible for regulating blood glucose levels.
Cancer prevention
Decaffeinate coffee still contains high levels of the anti-oxidants that can prevent conditions associated with both the aging process and a number of cancers. A number of studies agree that regular drinkers of decaf display a reduced risk of developing colon cancer. For women, there is also a corresponding reduction in the risk of breast cancer.
Decreased risk of heart problems.
As mentioned, caffeine has been linked to number of heart conditions including irregular palpitations, heart attacks and strokes. The removal of the caffeine (without reducing the levels of antioxidants) can help reduce the risk of developing a wide variety of heart conditions.
Prevention of mental decline due to age and Alzheimer’s.

The polyphenols found in coffee beans are still present after the decaffeination process, these being the substances responsible for increasing cognitive abilities with the brain, thus further improving memory.

As weve said, weve used one study as an example, and there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the benefits are real. This information is intended to be read in association with other studies and is not the results of any work carried out by us.
Have a look at the decaffeinated coffees now available and ask yourself if there is any good reason not to switch. If you can contribute any more to this, please feel free to email us.

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Boost Your Health And Fight Disease With Taxifolin

Taxifolin (also known as dihydroquercetin) is a flavonoid (health boosting chemical compounds that can be found in plants) that can fight cancer, treat diabetes and much more. In this article I will be providing a full breakdown of taxifolin, its main health benefits, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) and the best food sources.

1) DISCOVERY:

Taxifolin and the other flavonoids were discovered by the Hungarian biochemist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi in 1938. When he first made this discovery, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi believed he had discovered a new vitamin and gave the flavonoids the name vitamin P. However, further research revealed that humans could survive without flavonoids so they are not technically vitamins.

2) HEALTH BENEFITS:

Taxifolin has numerous health benefits in the human body. Like many flavonoids, it is a powerful antioxidant (a substance that can protect the body’s cells from the damaging free radicals which are released during oxygen related reactions). It is also an antihistamine (a substance that fights the negative effects of histamine and reduces allergic symptoms) and anti-inflammatory (a substance that prevents unnecessary inflammation within the body).

Another key benefit of taxifolin is its ability to fight disease. This powerful flavonoid can prevent cancer (a disease where the cells in your body start to grow in a rapid, out of control way), type 2 diabetes (a disease where your blood glucose levels become extremely high) and heart disease. Additionally, it can help treat mental disorders by improving memory and reducing the negative symptoms associated with brain diseases.

Taxifolin is also a very important nutrient for your blood. This flavonoid improves circulation, prevents atherosclerosis (a condition where hard plaques form in the artery walls and restrict the flow of blood), reduces blood levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (a type of cholesterol that causes blockages in the artery walls and ultimately increases your heart disease risk) and reduces high blood pressure.

3) RDA:

Taxifolin is not classed as an essential nutrient so no official RDA has been established. However, the available research suggests that consuming between 50 milligrams (mg) and 1,000mg of this flavonoid each day will allow you to enjoy all the health benefits listed above.

4) FOOD SOURCES:

Milk thistle and red onions are both believed to be very good food sources of taxifolin. However, the exact amounts of taxifolin that these foods contain is not known. Taxifolin can also be sourced from concentrated supplements, acai palm and Siberian larch trees.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Universal Health Care

What will universal health care cost us and what will be get from it?

The costs of the new health insurance and health care system will include increased taxes. In some ways, it won’t matter who pays those taxes. If they are paid by corporations, they will raise the price tags of the goods and services they sell, so the individuals will be hurt as well. If they are paid by the consumer, then the consumer will have less to pay for goods and services, so the corporations will be hurt as well.

When we look at the cost of any socialized medicine proposal, we should also look at the price of the existing health care system to make comparisons. In today’s medical system, those of us who can pay for national health care subsidize those who can’t or won’t. The exact amount is uncertain, but your health insurance premiums are higher because your provider has to raise the rates for those who do pay to make up for those who don’t pay.

The costs of our existing health insurance and health care system include the cost of lower productivity when a worker is unable to work because of a medical condition he or she can’t afford to treat. The costs of our present system include the costs associated with more children growing up without a father of mother.

One of the benefits or the present day system is our familiarity with it. It’s like an old car that has a broken driver’s door and a big gash in the passenger seat. We’ve gotten used to getting in the car from the passenger side and having a blanket over the gash in the seat. Another car will have problems as well. The car may be better or worse. That part is unknown. What is known is that the car will be unfamiliar and buying a car is a big commitment.

Once we make major changes to our health care system we will be unlikely to go back to the old medical system. Even if the new system is decidedly worse, we will be stuck with it. We may have higher price tags or worse care. We may be able to tweak the new system and fix it or we may determine that the infrastructure is so poor that it too requires an overhaul.

National health care has the potential of boosting our economy. Many people who are currently shackled to their employers because of the fear of losing their health insurance, may be able to move on to better jobs or start companies and hire others.

Under the present day medical system many people are unable to pay for preventative care. They often wind up in the hospital and get expensive surgeries that they can’t afford to pay for. These surgeries may extend their lives, but may or may not allow them to work again. An individual who gets medical care when the problem is a small one may be able to work and pay taxes much longer than the individual who only gets care when the situation is critical.

We should strive to create a system that keeps our workers working longer and our parents parenting longer.

Although we may have a health care system that is broken, there is no guarantee that a new health insurance and health care system will be any better. However, far too many people are hurt by the present day health insurance and health care system for us to just throw up our hands and do nothing. If we can ignore the rhetoric and focus on the facts a better medical system can be created that will not only benefit the uninsured, but will make us all stronger.