Latest Perk for Coffee Drinkers: A Boost of Beneficial Enzymes

coffee reduce dementia riskBy Dr. Mercola

A recent study has revealed even more evidence to indicate coffee has more to offer than just a boost of energy. Caffeine offers much more, actually, as it may help protect against the development of dementia.

Researchers at Indiana University discovered that caffeine and 23 other compounds kick-start an enzyme known as nicotinamide mononucleotide adenylyl transferase 2, or NMNAT2, and it’s this compound that scientists say may block the effects of neurodegenerative disorders.

To identify substances with the potential to produce the NMNAT2 enzyme in the brain, the scientists screened over 1,280 compounds, including existing drugs, in order to identify 24 compounds that could potentially increase the enzyme’s production.

The study,1 led by Hui-Chen Lu of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, followed research done by Lu’s team in 2016,2 which found that the NMNAT2 enzyme not only protects neurons in the brain from stress but binds to tau proteins via the “chaperone function.”

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Magic beans: Coffee protects against age-related inflammation

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(Natural News) Could coffee be the secret to feeling young forever? Recent research has found a beneficial aspect to coffee that may help protect against age-related inflammation. The connection between advancing age, inflammation, and coffee consumption may seem like an odd one, but it may help to prevent a number of diseases related to the aging process.

Researchers from Stanford University have found that coffee can counter the affects of a chronic inflammatory process that may develop in some –but not all– people as they get older. This chronic inflammation is associated with being able to trigger a myriad of cardiovascular problems. Fortunately, however, it appears that coffee and the caffeine it contains may be able to provide relief.

The study, which was published in early January by the journal Nature Medicine, found that this age-related chronic inflammation is primary driver of cardiovascular disease and increased mortality rates. The research team found that breakdown products of nucleic acids — which are the building blocks of our genetic material — circulating in the blood can actually be a catalyst for damaging inflammation. These breakdown products are also known as “metabolites.” (more…)

Science Confirms: The More Coffee You Drink, The Longer You Will Live

 credit: http://p-fst1.pixstatic.com/5354f520dbfa3f584800fd08._w.540_s.fit_.jpgAccording to the National Coffee Association (NCA) coffee consumption in the U.S. is increasing. More than three-quarters of Americans are confirmed coffee drinkers with 59% reporting they drink a cup of Joe each and every day, while 71% drink it at least once per week. In fact, it ranks as America’s second most popular beverage after water. Americans consume around 400 millions cups of coffee every day. Most coffee beans are imported.

 

 

But is it a Healthy Habit?

“Overall, the research shows that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful; for most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good.”
Tomas DePaulis, PhD, research scientist at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Coffee Studies.

 

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Can Coffee and Tea Extend Your Life?

In a recent issue of the Journal of Nutrition, an article was published showing a lower risk of mortality for coffee and tea drinkers over an 11-year average follow-up period.1

The study included 2,461 participants (over 40 years of age) and formed part of the Northern Manhattan Study. At baseline, the participants were free of stroke, cancer, and heart disease.

Researchers examined the association with food questionnaires during an 11-year follow-up. The majority of participants were coffee and tea drinkers, and the results were impressive.

A 7% reduction in mortality was seen for each additional cup of coffee ingested per day. Strong protection was seen in those who drank 4 or more cups of regular caffeinated coffee. Additionally, a 9% decreased risk of mortality was seen for each increased cup of tea per day.

The proposed beneficial mechanism is the high antioxidant content of these beverages, although the researchers concluded that more research is needed.

Watch our own Dr. Mike Smith explain in the short video below:

References:

  1. J Nutr. 2013 Aug;143(8):1299-308.

Making Coffee Out of This World by Jeffrey Dach MD

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Natural Medicine in Your Own Kitchen

The very best coffee is made with fresh whole coffee beans, freshly ground and mixed with boiling water in a French Coffee Press.  The most important component is the quality of the coffee beans. And among the very best beans are the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans.  These are “out of this world”, and far better than Starbucks coffee.

 Coffee Beans Should Look Like This:
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First Step to Make Coffee:

The first step is to boil water in the kettle. While waiting for the water to boil, get out your French coffee press, and remove the plunger.  Also get out your electric coffee bean grinder.  For my taste, the best coffee right now is the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Whole Bean. (more…)

Like Your Coffee? Check Out the Protective Effects of Caffeine

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You’ve heard the good and bad about coffee—Dr. Williams gives you the real scoop.
Coffee has been with us a long time. The energizing effect of wild coffee was first used in Ethiopia more than a thousand years ago. The earliest evidence of coffee cultivation was in the 15th century in Yemen. Apparently Sufi monks liked it. The Arabian Peninsula is a very hot desert. Perhaps the Sufis figured out that drinking coffee did more than wake them up—it also granted protection from the sun. Now, scientists are picking up the thread: caffeine has anticancer effects.

Caffeine Protects Against Sun Damage and Cancer

Caffeine in your sunscreen? You’ve likely been putting it on for several years and didn’t know it. Scientists worked out how caffeine protects against certain types of skin cancers, which has already lead to better sunscreens.

Professor of Pharmacy Allan Conney at Rutgers University found that the specific anticancer molecular mechanism involves a gene called ATR (Ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related), which is suppressed by caffeine molecules. Apparently, dampening ATR activity promotes apoptosis, or the death of DNA-damaged cells. These findings may lead to new ways of preventing skin cancer. (more…)

25 Foods: In The New Year, Eat More To Weigh Less

The tendency to eat one or two large meals per day of all the wrong foods is what eventually leads us to tip the scales. You need to consume more meals, and of the right foods to weigh less. If you make one weight loss resolution in 2013 (in addition to exercise), make it to include and frequently consume the following 25 foods above all else.
* Signifies sources should be organic to minimize pesticide load and maxmize nutrient content.
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New studies reveal caffeinated coffee protects against Alzheimer’s, diabetes, depression and prostate cancer

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…)

Memory Impairment In Alzheimer’s Reversed By Caffeine In Mouse Model

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…)