Coffee - The medical elixir of life

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Photo © 2006 Jenny Kennedy-Olsen.

Coffee ranks top amongst the non-alcoholic beverage consumed by the working class of people. Wirhtlin Worldwide, a market research company has reported that, North Americans consume 1.8 cups of coffee per day. While comparing this to water consumption statistics reveal that 20% North Americans do not water at all while 42% consume 2 glasses approximately. It is by far the one of the world's most admired and loved beverages. There was a massive speculation widespread by the medical community that coffee drinkers might suffer from the harming attribute it possesses.

The healthcare community has done its fair share of examining the effects of consuming coffee, and a consequent array of health cautions and encouragements have been issued about its regular consumption. Recent health reports have shown that normal consumption of coffee decreases the risk of Parkinson's, diabetes, and even lowers the risk of having colon cancer as low as 25% and a an 80% drop in the risk of having liver cirrhosis. The antioxidants in coffee are found responsible in controlling the growth of these cells. In the year 2000 a study was conducted by the Hawaii researchers that surveyed around 8000 men found that coffee drinkers were five times less likely to be infected by Parkinson's disease.

In addition to this the medical benefits of coffee include reducing the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis, risk of developing gallstones, risk of type 2 diabetes, headache/migraine severity, the risk of liver damage in people at high risk for liver disease , while improving the cognitive function and endurance performance in long-duration physical activities. The researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in California reported a 22 % daily reduction of liver cirrhosis risk from alcohol with each cup of coffee. Several studies have further proved that drinking coffee reduces the liver enzyme GGT to a greater extent, especially among heavy alcohol consumers. Though GGT is an indicator of cirrhosis risk, the liver enzyme ALT is a more specific indicator of liver injury.

Type 2 diabetes, an insulin resistance, has been in headlines in various health journals as a leading cause of fatty liver disease. Harvard researchers carried out a research for 18 years analyzing 1, 26,000 people found that people who do involve in the favourite morning drink, consuming one to three cups of coffee can reduce diabetes risk by 10%.While the consumers having six cups or more each day slashed men's diabetes risk by 54% and women's by 30%.Coffe along with antioxidants consists quinines that when injected to lab rats increased sensitivity. Coffee also has huge amounts of chlorogenic acid and tocopherols and magnesium.

According to a Harvard researcher regular coffee drinkers have about 1/3rd less asthma symptoms than those of non-coffee drinker's. People suffering from asthma reap the health benefits of drinking caffeinated coffee. Drinking caffeinated coffee during the situation of an emergency onset of asthma allows the patient to breathe easily. The Edinburgh Medical Journal, in Scotland, has evidences stating asthma and coffee are good for each other. The effectiveness is due to the similarities between caffeine and a tried-and-true asthma medication known as theophylline. The risk of asthma symptoms dropped by 28% when patients consumed three or more cups of coffee per day. Coffee contains natural antioxidants called 'flavonoids', are widely known as disease protectors. The benefits of moderate caffeine consumption that are recognized are; caffeine works on alertness, sensorial activity, mood, and memory.

As long as you have decided to proceed moderately with consciousness and you do not harbor another risk factor to prohibit coffee consumption, feel good about lifting your favorite cup of morning drink in support of your health.

Adam Akelis is a professional copywriter who has a sound knowledge on coffee all time favorite drink. To know more on coffee, best gourmet coffee and gourmet coffee its benefits visit www.bluehillcoffee.com and to contact Adam Akelis adamakelis@gmail.com.

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