05 September 2008

3 cups of coffee a day curbs memory loss
According to a French study published in the August 2007 issue of the journal Neurology, women aged 65 and older who drink at least three cups of coffee or tea a day are less likely to suffer memory loss, the psychostimulant appeared to have a positive effect on the brain.
The study also found the positive effects of coffee appeared to heighten with age. Women over 80 who drank three or more cups of coffee daily were found to be 70 per cent less likely to experience memory loss over those who didn't drink coffee.
Ritchie and her team observed the caffeine intake and cognitive skills of 7,000 participants over the course of four years.

4+ cups of coffee daily cuts risk of gout in men over 40
About one in 30 Canadians suffer from gout, a painful arthritic condition triggered by an excess of uric acid in the joints. People diagnosed with gout often struggle with swollen toes, ankles, feet, hands and wrists.
But new research suggests people who have not yet suffered from gout may cut the risk of developing it by consuming large amounts of coffee. Men who drink six or more cups of coffee a day are 59 per cent less likely to develop gout over those who never drink coffee.
The risk was reduced by 40 percent in men who drank between four and five cups of coffee daily. A strong antioxidant (phenol chlorogenic acid) may in part be responsible. The study's authors also noted that it was too early for men to immediately bump up their coffee intake. The 12-year study included 45,869 men with no history of gout.

A cup of coffee, a morning run helps keep skin cancer at bay
A morning cup of coffee followed by a workout is already part of their morning schedule. This routine may help fight skin cancer. Researchers at New Jersey's Rutgers University said their study found that caffeine and exercise combined appear to kill precancerous cells that have been damaged by the sun's UVB rays. Exercise and caffeine can decrease tissue fat, thereby reducing the risk of cancer.

Coffee intake lowering the diabetes risk
Women who incorporate at least six cups of coffee into their daily diets are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Women who drank more than six cups of coffee a day were 22 per cent less likely than those who didn't drink any coffee to be diagnosed with diabetes.
Among people who drank six or more cups of decaffeinated coffee daily, the risk was lowered by 33 per cent. Researchers said minerals and nutrients in the coffee bean may aid with the processing of carbohydrates. The beans' antioxidants may also help protect cells in the pancreas, where insulin is produced.

Antioxidants lower risk of cardiovascular disease in women over 55
Potent antioxidants in coffee can help curb inflammation and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in women. They found that including coffee in a diet appeared to help inhibit inflammation, thereby lowering risks of cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, including arthritis. The authors said a daily intake of between one and three coffees confirmed that the beverage offered a protective advantage.

Coffee overdose can lead to vomiting, diarrhea
These recent studies suggest those hooked on the bean needn't shun caffeine. However, before guzzling a pot, you may want to consider the many possible side-effects that Health Canada warns could result from a coffee overdose.
In people with sensitivities to caffeine, overdosing can lead to :
• Insomnia
• Muscle tremors
• Nausea
• Irritability
• Higher risk of bone fractures
• Mood swings
• Sleep disturbances

In more serious cases, overdosing symptoms include :
• Nausea
• Irregular heartbeat
• Diarrhea
• Vomiting
• Light flashes
• Breathing difficulties
• Convulsions

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