A recent scientific study found that yerba mate tea induces death in human colon cancer cells. Scientists discovered that in vitro cancer cells died when exposed to the bioactive compounds present in one cup of the beverage long valued for its medicinal properties by South American traditional healers. (more…)
Recent research suggests that drinking caffeinated coffee daily may protect against developing Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, depression and more, according to reports from Science Daily. Animal studies at the University of Florida discovered an ingredient in coffee that interacts with caffeine and increases blood levels of granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF), a growth factor that that prevents the production of beta amyloid plaques, which are thought to be the causative factor in Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers reported that daily consumption of caffeniated coffee by middle-aged and elderly individuals markedly lessens the risk of developing the disease. (more…)
Caffeine acts through multiple mechanisms by acting on receptors and channels in the cell membrane as well as acting on calcium and cyclic AMP pathways. The principal mode of action is as an agonist at adenosine receptors in the brain as its structure is similar to adenosine. This results increased activity of dopamine. Caffeine also increases release of acetylcholine in the prefrontal nucleus resulting in increased wakefulness and locomotor activity. Caffeine also increases levels of epinephrine and adrenaline as well as levels of serotonin, resulting n positive changes in mood. (more…)
Glycogen, the muscle’s primary fuel source during exercise, is replenished more rapidly when athletes ingest both carbohydrate and caffeine following exhaustive exercise, new research shows. Athletes who ingested caffeine with carbohydrate had 66% more glycogen in their muscles four hours after finishing intense, glycogen-depleting exercise, compared to when they consumed carbohydrate alone, according to the study. (more…)
Coffee drinkers may have another reason to pour that extra cup. When aged mice bred to develop symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease were given caffeine – the equivalent of five cups of coffee a day – their memory impairment was reversed, report University of South Florida researchers at the Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. (more…)
Theobromine, also known as xantheose, is a colorless alkaloid of the cacao plant that is bitter in taste. Theobromine is related to caffeine, but the difference lies in the number of methyl groups. It has three methyl groups, unlike caffeine that has just two methyl groups. The additional methyl group of the theobromine increases its half-life and reduces its clearance from the body so its effects last longer.
Theobromine has similar effects to caffeine, but it does not stimulate the central nervous system and so does not produce the jitters often associated with diet pills. Instead, theobromine promotes muscular relaxation. It induces revivifying or that feel-good effect you get from eating chocolate, thereby proving to be an effective mood stabilizer. And we all know how our moods can shift from one minute to the next when we limit how much we eat. Unlike caffeine, theobromine does not produce the jitters, anxiety, dizziness, or headaches.
So, theobromine puts you into a good mood, but it gets better. It is not a stimulant but it will make you feel energized, providing that much-needed stimulus to work out. Theobromine will improve your circulation and blood flow and can even help with symptoms of PMS. Additionally, theobromine is effective in increasing a sense of alertness, so you don’t feel that crash that you get from fad diets and other dietary supplements.
Coffee lovers across the world have been disheartened by all the bad things that coffee is supposed to do. Caffeine, the major culprit in coffee, is said to cause addiction, dehydration, panic attacks and emotional fatigue. Pregnant and lactating mothers are often advised not to drink coffee at all. However all is not lost! Several studies have found that drinking coffee actually helps in fighting heart diseases, headaches, asthma and Parkinson`s disease. New studies have confirmed that coffee can also help reduce diabetes.
Unknown to many people there are particular substances that when taken into the body actually rob the body of crucial nutrients. These popular substances strip the body of nutrients which set the stage for sickness, disease, and finally death.
Now let’s look at some of what can be called nutrient thieves….
Antacids rob the body of B complex, vitamins A and C, calcium and phosphorus.
Antibiotics rob the body of B complex, vitamin K and friendly bacteria.