What do you really know about coffee?

Saturday, April 6, 2013


Fresh brewed coffee

 
I used to worry about drinking coffee, thinking that it was somehow harmful, but after quite a bit of research I have discovered that it is much like many other healthy, yes healthy beverages, in that in moderation it is in many aspects healthy for us. In my research I read that regular coffee drinking can decrease the risk of Parkinson's by half and because my father and his sister both had Parkinson's I felt compelled to read on.



coffee

 
Coffee was thought to have been discovered in the third century.
 
Historians have provided us with a legend told of a goat herdman named Kaldi who while rounding up his goats noticed them playing wildly with one another in an area peppered with red berries. Kaldi, an Abssinian travelling in the area now known as Kaffa, tried a handful himself and enjoyed the feeling that came over him. He was renewed and more enthusiastic about his journey. He gathered some more and took them home to his wife Sharon, who shared them with some monks in the monastery.

 
 
It it the No. 1 hot beverage in America.
 
The coffee plant was first known to grow in Ethiopia and still grows wild there. It was soon grown as a crop in Arabia and the first known coffee shop was built in Instanbul, Turkey. After the Boston Tea Party in America, coffee became the no. 1 hot beverage. No one knows how many coffee shops dot our planet now, but no one should dispute their popularity.
 
The smell of fresh ground/brewed coffee is an undeniably compelling aroma, so much so that coffee pots are designed to brew coffee before coffee drinkers arise and have fresh brewed coffee ready to pour. Personally, one of the first things I do in the morning is get my coffee pot started. How about you?
 
So besides taste, why drink coffee?
 
  • In a pinch, coffee can substitute for asthma medication. Drinking coffee has been known to aid in relieving an asthma attack. It contains two natural anti-asthmatic compounds, theobromine and theophylline which help to stop bronchospasms and relieve contriction from bronchial passages.
  • Coffee is not a diuretic as reported so is beneficial in giving an athlete and quick energy spurt. Any fluid drank can cause urination and coffee tested against water had the same effect. ~ Internation Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism by Lawrence Armstron, a professor of exercise and environmental physiology at the University of Connecticut.
  • Studies indicate that drinking coffee may improve the odds of non-diabetics not becoming inflicted with type 2 diabetes, but, according to James Lane a professor of medical psychology at Duke University, those with type 2 diabetes are asked to try and give up caffeine. In which case they may be more interested in drinking decaffeinated coffee.
  • Expectant mothers are asked to restrict their coffee consumption to one or two cups daily.
  • A leading scientist, Alberto Schero a professor of nutrition at Harvard advises that there has been a consistent link to a lower risk of getting Parkinson's. In fact the 30 year study found those who drank coffee cut their risk in half.
  • Caffeine has been shown to work well with aspirin and or tylenol as a pain reducer enhancer aiding in the relief of headaches.
Please follow your physician's advice.
 
This article is not meant to replace your physician's advice. If you have been advised to restrict your coffee drinking or caffeine, you should follow his or her advice. Decaf coffee is generally made from Robusta beans and the caffeinated brew from Arabica beans. Whichever you like, you are sure to find one to suit your taste by clicking on the link found beneath the photo, or in my header.
 
Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless.
 
 
 
 
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