Coffee, the drink that helps get you going and gets you through work. The earliest records of coffee drinking date back to 15th century Arabia. It was used to stay awake during religious rituals. Now, centuries later, people are still drinking it to stay awake during meetings! But is there more to coffee than just being a stimulant? Certainly past cultures thought so, when they would drink coffee to treat upset stomachs and other ailments. There is a lot of information about how much coffee is too much, if it’s good for you, or if its best to stop drinking all together. It can be hard to make heads or tails of it all. Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of coffee:
Coffee can make you smarter (really!) -Many controlled trials in humans show that coffee improves brain function. Including memory, mood, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive function. All thanks to caffeine. The caffeine in coffee inhibits a neurotransmitter called adenosine, which leads to increased firing of neurons.
Diabetes -According to a meta-analysis of several studies, every additional cup of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee consumed in a day was associated with a 9% and 6% lower risk of type 2 diabetes, respectively.
Heart health -People used to think that coffee put you at risk for cardiovascular issues. However, the times they are a changing, new studies have shown that coffee drinking actually protects the heart from heart failure. Specifically people who drank about 4 cups a day.
Cancer -The link between coffee and lower risk of cancer isn’t as strong as some of its other benefits, but there is some evidence to suggest cancer may help prevent liver cancer.
Physical performance – Remember we mentioned caffeine earlier? Well in adition to cognitive benefits, caffeine helps fat cells break down body fat, releasing them into the blood as free fatty acids and making them available as fuel. The more fuel you have to burn the better your workout will go. Making a cup of coffee an hour or so before your work-out seem like a no-brainer!
Nutrients -Coffee contains several important nutrients, including Riboflavin, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin. Each one of those nutrients plays an important role in your daily health.
Alzheimer’s -Researchers discovered participants who drank 3 – 5 cups of coffee per day had a 65% decreased chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia later on in life.
To make sure you’re getting the most out of your coffee skip the instant and grab the real stuff. Both regular and decaf have their benefits. But remember, consuming caffeine after lunch time could interfere with your sleep patterns. So time your cup of Joe just right!
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Dr. Jenny is a strongly sensitive and seasoned naturopathic doctor and clinical research associate with an extensive background in nutritional and hormonal biochemistry. Active in community promotion of naturopathic principles and remedies and owner of AgeVital Pharmacy, Research and Wellness, located in downtown Sarasota, FL, she has been recognized for her outstanding ability in prescribing health supplements and other functional, preventative remedies by her peers, community, and media (as seen on ABC7 – ‘The Suncoast View’, NBC – ‘DayTime’, TBN -‘A Rood Awakening,’ show on CBS and the CW: Medical Cannabis: The Healing Power Of Knowledge, and a regular on iHeart Radio).
Dr. Jenny is a provider of highly individualized and dedicated patient care. With a comprehensive knowledge of allopathic pharmacy, she has developed individual naturopathic treatment plans for her patients to alleviate chronic and acute illnesses. A champion of the observation, “You’re not what you eat but what you absorb,” Dr. Jenny focuses on achieving overall homeostasis in the body, using a variety of techniques to facilitate the proper absorption of nutrition, the removal of harmful toxins, and the strengthening of a reliable and effective immune system. As an owner of pharmacies, she is a proponent of “test, don’t guess” and has bridged the gap between allopathic and naturopathic approaches, utilizing the very best science provided by both disciplines to achieve the maximum quality and quantity of life for her patients. She has an excellent understanding of HIPAA Universal Precautions and patient protection policies, and is a firm believer in the benefits of effective and professional healthcare.
In a day and age when there seem to be numerous divisions in healthcare, Dr Jenny is inviting everyone to find a common ground: the best interests of the patient. Both quantity and quality of life are important. Gone are the days when physicians threw every available pill or procedure at the patient in order to stretch out a few more seconds of life, regardless of the suffering involved. Today, the goal is real healing, not just “Band-Aids for booboos.” The old goal was to treat disease, but the new goal is to heal from it. Scientific breakthroughs are occurring in leaps and bounds. It is Dr. Jenny’s passion to keep abreast of the very best that discovery has to offer and to work in tandem with those who share her vision in order to produce real healing for the patient.
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