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New studies reveal caffeinated coffee protects against Alzheimer's, diabetes, depression and prostate cancer
(NaturalNews) Recent research suggests that drinking caffeinated coffee daily may protect against developing Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, depression and more, according to reports from Science Daily. Animal studies at the University of Florida discovered an ingredient in coffee that interacts with caffeine and increases blood levels of granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF), a growth factor that that prevents the production of beta amyloid plaques, which are thought to be the causative factor in Alzheimer's disease. Researchers reported that daily consumption of caffeniated coffee by middle-aged and elderly individuals markedly lessens the risk of developing the disease.
Alzheimer's and coffee
Treatment with caffeinated coffee increases memory capacity in Alzheimer's mice. The animals were treated with drip coffee and at the time of this article, scientists are unsure of the effects of instant coffee on the brain. Similar positive results were not evident in those mice treated with decaffeainated coffee or caffeine in other forms. Although testing was completed on mice, researchers have soon-to-be-released clinical evidence indicating coffee's ability to protect humans against the ravages of Alzheimer's disease.
Additional benefits from coffee
Coffee is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, which provide the body with additional ingredients to increase cognitive function to protect the brain; as well as protect against other diseases of aging, such as Type II diabetes, depression, stroke, and Parkinson's. Studies also suggest coffee may help fight against breast, skin and prostate cancer.
The YOU Docs Back Coffee in Cancer War
Coffee as a cancer fighter is in the news again, but this time it’s not so much the medical aspect of coffee’s anti-cancer heroism, but the doctors that are praising it that is newsworthy. The YOU Docs, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen of TV fame posted a Christmas Eve article on several cancers and the recommended dose of coffee to fight them. It’s a convenient and concise list that coffee lovers might like to save.
The docs have good news for both men and women. For women, lately we’ve heard a lot about endometrial cancer. At least four cups a day seem to provide a 25% decreased risk of developing this kind of cancer. For men, from one to six cups daily of regular or even decaf provide a benefit against the most dangerous kind of prostate cancer.
An interesting point is that for this prostate cancer, both decaf and regular provide the same benefit. When it comes to breast cancer, on the other hand, only regular coffee provides the benefit. In this case, at least five cups a day lower the risk of developing certain breast cancers after menopause by 50%.
Having such well-respected doctors standing behind coffee as a cancer fighter gives the evidence that much more credibility. Dr. Oz, a vice-chair of surgery and professor of cardiac surgery at Columbia University, also directs the Cardiovascular Institute and is a founder and director of the Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Columbia. Dr. Roizen, Chair of the Division of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic, practices both internal medicine and anesthesiology at this well-known clinic.
It’s always good news to hear the benefits to be gained in drinking our favorite beverage, and though there are no guarantees, it helps to find support for coffee’s goodness from well-respected medical practitioners. Brew on in good health.
Study: Workers Spend $1,000 Yearly on Coffee
American's weakness for coffee is proven once again in a new survey conducted by Accounting Principals .
In a telephone survey of 1,000 Americans who were currently employed, ages 18 or older, the participators were asked how much money they spend on "work-related" expenses.
Despite recent tough economic times, results showed that 50 percent of the American workforce regularly spent money on coffee. This totaled, on average, $1,000 a year on coffee alone.
Broken down ever further, it was found that more men splurge on coffee than women (54 percent versus 45 percent). And the younger crowd, ages 18-34, spent almost twice as much on coffee than their older co-workers ($24.74 versus $14.15 weekly).
Why do workers seem to dismiss their budget (if they have one) when it comes to treating themselves to their favorite cup of joe?
Jodi Chavez, senior Vice President of Accounting Principals, told The New York Times , "They budget in new furniture or their commute, but not a coffee here or there. So over the course of a week or month people don't realize what this expense is."
It's not only going out for a daily coffee that is a guilty pleasure. Buying a lunch every day is also an expense that the workers don't take into account.
Sixty-six percent of Americans buy their lunch every day for an average expense of $37 a week. That adds up to almost $2,000 a year on lunch.
Men spend more than women in this category, again ($46.60 versus $26.50 weekly). And, again, the 18-34 year olds spend more than the over-45 crowd ($44.78 versus $31.80).
Those coffees and lunches here or there do add up. So much so, that the amount of money spent on lunch per year exceeds the average worker's commuting expenses.
The survey revealed that the average commuting expense totals an average of $1,500 a year, $500 less than what it costs for lunch per year. Yet, workers still preferred to have their employers reimburse their commuting costs instead of lunch.