Coffee Break! Little Known Health Benefits of the Ever-Popular Coffee Bean!

Our Healthy Foodie World Tour Adventure Continues in South America!

Our first part of the tour starts in Colombia which is known for the legendary city of El Dorado, its sought-after emeralds, world-class coffee, tropical climate and the country’s capital city of Bogota in the Andean plateau.

South America has many countries with rich cultures spanning through Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands.

Starting in the northern part of the beautiful country we will travel through South America and explore many of this countries healthy foods and the benefits we can obtain from them!

National Federation of Coffee Growers or FNC, which has worked since the late 1950’s to bring Colombia’s coffee sector to the forefront of international attention.

However Colombia is not number one in global coffee production! This honor goes to Brazil, and Colombia has been set back to third place by Vietnam’s recent market entry and rapidly expanding production of Robusta coffees.

The National Federation of Coffee Growers, an industry association, which represents the nation’s coffee producers, has been responsible for creating a name for Colombian coffee with their well-known spokesman, the fictional, charismatic Juan Valdez.

The FNC guarantees purchase of green coffee, but farmers are under no obligation to sell to them.

With all that competition aside, roasted or brewed coffee beans supply us with one of the most consumed beverages in the world.

Besides providing antioxidants and a jolt of morning energy, coffee offers a host of benefits, according to research studies!

So what are the many health benefits of the coffee bean?

For many of us the first thing that comes to mind with the coffee bean is the caffeine and the many side effects of this type of drug.

Health care professionals reported side effects include more than 4 cups of coffee linked to early death, Caffeine consumption may raise blood pressure, and Increased risk of heart attacks among young adults.

Also Health care professionals further state, Caffeine is linked to gout attacks, Breast Tissue Cysts In Women, Caffeine could cause incontinence and Caffeine may cause insomnia.

However did you know the Ever-Popular Coffee Bean has positive health benefits?

Besides providing antioxidants and a jolt of morning energy, coffee offers a host of benefits, according to research studies!

Drinking coffee has been linked to a decreased incidence of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases and may also reduce the risk of cirrhosis, colon cancer and gallstones, according to the American Dietetic Association.

Coffee could reduce the risk for diabetes, according to researchers. These researchers investigated the effects of coffee intake on inflammatory markers related to diabetes in regular coffee drinkers.

Participants in this study eliminated coffee consumption for one month, and then resumed coffee drinking the following month.

The study found that coffee consumption reduced levels of interleukin and isoprostane, both biomarkers of inflammation.

Furthermore, the study revealed that subjects improved their HDL, or good cholesterol, while decreasing LDL, or bad cholesterol.

In a study published in the May 2000 issue of the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” researchers examined the impact of coffee drinking on Parkinson’s disease.

During a 30-year follow-up, scientists found that higher coffee intake was associated with a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

According to the February 2005 issue of the “Journal of the National Cancer Institute,” coffee intake has beneficial effects on hepatocellular carcinoma, or liver cancer.

Scientists found that daily coffee drinkers had a decreased risk of liver cancer and that risk was reduced with the amount of coffee consumed.

For example, participants drinking five cups of coffee a day had a lower risk of liver cancer than subjects ingesting three or four cups.

Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of prostate cancer than non-coffee drinkers, according to the Science Daily website. Scientists also stated that caffeine is not the main reason for the risk reduction.

Although scientists are still unsure which components are responsible, they suggest that antioxidants and minerals found in coffee might have played a role.

So there you have it! The Coffee Bean is more of a health food than health care professionals lead us to believe.

More exploring in Columbia will be done next week!

Thank you for reading!

Neil Saint Angeland

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