Long-term coffee drinking did not appear to increase a person’s risk of early death and seemed to indicate a reduction in risk of dying from heart disease from a recently published study.
The study was lead by Esther Lopez-Garcia of Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain. It follow 84,214 U.S. women from 1980 to 2004, and 41,736 U.S. men from 1986 to 2004. The women were nurses, and the men were doctors, dentists and other health professionals.
The study found that coffee drinkers – up to six cups a day – experienced a small decline in death rates from heart disease. In particular the study found that women who drank 2-3 cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 25% lower risk of death from heart disease than women who don’t drink coffee. The researchers saw a smaller decreased risk for men but it wasn’t statistically significant. Drinking decaffeinated coffee was associated with a small reduction in overall mortality risk. The study found no association between coffee consumption and cancer deaths.
Some studies have indicated coffee is a great source of antioxidants, substances that may protect against the effects of molecules called free radicals that can damage cells and may play a role in heart diesase, cancer and other ailments. This study was released June 16, 2008.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
Free radicals are unpaired electrons which, in your body, attack healthy cells so they can acquire the healthy cell’s electrons. The healthy cells then become free radicals as well. This multiplication of free radicals can lead to aging, cancer, heart disease, and other degenerative problems. Ingestion of antioxidants, or foods rich in antioxidants, allows them to donate their electrons to damaged cells. This slows down or can prevent degenerative changes in the body. Eating especially intensely colored fruits and vegetables is a great way to get adequate antioxidants into your body. Organic phytonutrient-rich antioxidant supplements is also a good choice. Berries are particularly rich in antioxidants with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries being some of your great choices. So is the Acai berry, and brightly colored vegetables.
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