Warning: Your Diabetes Treatment Could Kill You

Dear Reader,

How can something be so simple and yet complicated at the same time?

That’s how I sometimes feel about beating Type II diabetes. On the surface, the solution to overcoming the disease seems so simple and straightforward: Reduce the amount of sugar and carbohydrates in your diet and ramp up your exercise.

Problem solved, right? Whoa, not so fast. (more…)

Coffee cuts risk of lethal prostate cancer: study

More is better when it comes to drinking coffee to ward off the risk of deadly prostate cancer, according to a major US study released Tuesday by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Men who drank six or more cups per day had a 60 percent lower risk of developing the most lethal type of prostate cancer and a 20 percent lower risk of forming any type of prostate cancer compared to men who did not drink coffee, it said. (more…)

Drinking Coffee can Help Reduce the Risk of Diabetes

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.
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Coffee slashes risk of the most lethal type of prostate cancer

Imagine this scenario: drug company researchers make an amazing discovery. It’s a remarkable therapy that’s easy to take, has few serious side effects and reduces the risk of a man developing any kind of prostate cancer. Most importantly, it dramatically lowers the odds a man will ever have the most serious, deadly form of the disease.

Can you fathom the enormous money-making possibilities of such a discovery for Big Pharma? Can anyone even predict how many millions of prescriptions would quickly be written for men who would be willing to pay any price to prevent prostate cancer? (more…)

Coffee compounds protect DNA and reduce body fat

That morning cup o’ joe could do more than give you an energy boost — it could also protect your DNA from oxidative damage…and help you lose body fat.

One study, published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research showed that people who drank four daily cups of the brew lost 1.5 pounds of body fat in four weeks — not bad results for just drinking some coffee.

And in 33 healthy participants, markers of DNA damage were reduced by an impressive 40 percent compared to people who didn’t partake. After a “wash-out” phase, the markers started to go up again.

Now, before you get up to brew a pot, you have to know — it’s not just ANY cup of coffee that will do the trick.

Instead, it’s a special Arabica coffee blend that’s blended to be rich in green (unroasted) and roasted bean compounds rather than the usual all-roast coffee.

That gives this coffee a super antioxidant boost, which accounts for its apparent power to reduce DNA damage.

One of the most abundant polyphenols in coffee is chlorogenic acid, which makes up about 12 percent of the green, unroasted coffee bean. Blends that incorporate these beans and the usual roasted beans harness the power of the green bean as well as the beneficial compounds formed during roasting.

Researchers think the components of the special blend help regulate hunger and satiety, helping people lose weight. They also point to modulation of “glucose absorption and carbohydrate metabolism” as possible sources of benefit.

You can actually buy green coffee beans and create your own power blend. There are plenty of sources online that sell green coffee beans that you can roast yourself — I know a few people who use an air popcorn popper to roast theirs.

Instructions and equipment can also be found at many online sources. And there’s a bonus — you’ll find that buying unroasted beans and making coffee a do-it-yourself project is much cheaper than a trip to Starbucks!

 

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Christine O’Brien writes the e-letter Health eTips for Dr. Wright’s Nutrition and Healing.

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Why Coffee After a Fatty Meal is a Very Bad Idea

Eating a fatty fast food meal is never good for you, but washing that meal down with a coffee is even worse, according to a new University of Guelph study.

Researcher Marie-Soleil Beaudoin has discovered not only that a healthy person’s blood sugar levels spike after eating a high-fat meal, but that the spike doubles after having both a fatty meal and caffeinated coffee – jumping to levels similar to those of people at risk for diabetes. (more…)

Coffee compounds protect DNA and reduce body fat

That morning cup o’ joe could do more than give you an energy boost — it could also protect your DNA from oxidative damage…and help you lose body fat.

One study, published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research showed that people who drank four daily cups of the brew lost 1.5 pounds of body fat in four weeks — not bad results for just drinking some coffee. (more…)

Coffee May Protect Against Stroke

In that some published studies have suggested a link between coffee consumption and reduced incidence of stroke, Susanna C. Larsson, from the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), and colleagues investigated this association utilizing data collected on 34,670 women enrolled in the Swedish Mammography Cohort study.  Coffee consumption was assessed in 1997 using a self-administered questionnaire, and incident stroke cases were ascertained from the Swedish Hospital Discharge Registry. The researchers found that those women who drink coffee daily are at a reduced risk for stroke , with the risk being 22% lower with one to two cups a day and 25% lower with three to four cups a day.  Noting that antioxidant polyphenols and other compounds in coffee may boost endothelial function, cut down on inflammation, and improve insulin sensitivity, the team concludes that: “These findings suggest that low or no coffee consumption is associated with an increased risk of stroke in women.”

Susanna C. Larsson, Jarmo Virtamo, Alicja Wolk.  “Coffee Consumption and Risk of Stroke in Women.” Stroke, Mar 2011.

 

Find health with five of the top antioxidant foods

Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that prevent, reduce, delay, or repair oxidative damage to cells in our body caused by free radicals. The presence of free radicals may result in cancer, stroke, heart problems, early aging, and many other degenerative conditions. Cells will not function properly when free radicals affect them. The radicals occur in our metabolism naturally, but they also are formed by environmental influences like pollution, cigarette smoke from others, radiation, and pesticides. There are certain foods which contain an exceptionally large amount of polyphenols existing in antioxidants. Here are five of the top antioxidant foods:
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