Researchers now believe coffee is good for health especially in decreasing stroke risk in women
Hypertension and heart problems, coffee was so readily available to blame for whatever condition seemed to develop. Now a new study discovers that women who drink coffee lowers the risk for stroke by 22 to 25 percent over a decade.
Women who drink coffee of one or more cups a day have been demonstrated to have a decreased risk for stroke in comparison to those who drank one cup or less each day. This recent study has been published in the American Heart Association's journal stroke.
Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public health, just could be the authority on this one, after all he did make the association between coffee drinking and lower risk for diabetes. Now, Dr. Hu states maybe we should forgo that green tea and drink coffee.
Just over the last couple of years it has been established that coffee drinkers have been determined to have reduced risks of gallstones, liver disease, colon cancer and Parkinson's disease. Even long distance athletes have shown an increased endurance by drinking a cup of coffee prior to race time.
Swedish researchers who have conducted this study, over a period of ten years had evaluated more than 35,000 women who had reported their coffee intake on a 1997 dietary intake survey. Researchers had discovered that women who had consumed between one and five cups of coffee each day had shown a 25% decrease for stroke risk.
Researchers have stated there appears to be possible health benefits of coffee consumption. Researchers believe these benefits come from coffee's ability to decrease subclinical inflammation, oxidative stress and insulin sensitivity.
There still is not enough information as to the exact amount of coffee a person should drink. Drinking caffeinated coffee during pregnancy still remains uncertain if it is safe. The latest available research had indicated that consuming just 200 milligrams of caffeine (two cups brewed coffee) each day doubles the risk of miscarriage. The general agreement of the matter is that pregnant women should consume less than two cups a day. It is also a good idea for nursing mom's to limit their daily coffee to one or two cups due to the fact that excessive caffeine could pass into the breast milk and cause behavior changes in the infant.
Dr. Hu does believe coffee is healthy and an individual choice. Healthy meaning you avoid that whipped cream and froth.
The exact science as to how coffee provides health benefits is mainly still unknown. Some believe it is the antioxidants and other disease fighting chemicals that are in the coffee bean. Also, it has not been established if decaffeinated coffee will provide the same benefits. There have been some studies that show it does however, the evidence was limited.
Dr. Joan Salge Blake, registered dietician at Boston University states finding the answer to decaffeinated coffee is important because some people cannot tolerate caffeine. They can get the jitters or spend restless hours at night trying to sleep and that includes even if they just have the coffee in the morning.
A study conducted by University of Scranton in 2005 had revealed that coffee was the number one source for antioxidants. Antioxidants guard against toxic free radicals that come from breathing oxygen and consuming sugar which start chronic diseases. Antioxidants aide in preventing cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
The study had listed black tea as the second source for antioxidants.
Coffee has also been shown to have a positive effect on mental performance. Just by drinking one cup of coffee the caffeine is quickly absorbed by the digestive system and starts working in the body just twenty minutes later and the effects can last for several hours.
Coffee also adds to our daily fluid intake and keeps us hydrated which is vital for health and well being.
So enjoy that morning cup or two of coffee to start your day, become alert and reap the health benefits.
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