Friday, July 25, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Coffee: The good in the grounds

0130 coffee in cupW

According to numerous studies, coffee has generous health benefits as well as buzz. CanStock photo

By
From page A6 | January 30, 2014 |

By Chuck Norris

Q: Chuck, I heard that there’s a new large study that links the increase of coffee drinking with premature deaths. Seems to me that sipping java is given a bad health rap and is much better for us than most know. Which side of the coffee bean do you stand on? — “Cool for Coffee” in Charleston, S.C.

A: I enjoy a cup of coffee as much as anyone — but not just for the taste. I, too, believe the nutritional value is being overlooked in many circles, but a word of caution for moderation is also in order.

You’re right; a brand-new study published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings looked at 43,727 people ages 20 to 87 from 1971 to 2002. It concluded that men younger than 55 who drink more than four cups of coffee a day are 56 percent likelier to die from any cause. And women younger than 55 who drink more than four cups a day are twice as likely to die as other women in that age group.

But does that study on excess discount the health benefits of a cup or two of coffee each day?

In its August edition, UC Berkeley’s Wellness Letter ran an excellent article titled “Coffee: Grounds for Optimism.” Let me highlight some of its main points.

Coffee used to be regarded as a health hazard, but in recent years, it has joined the ranks of red wine and dark chocolate for its nutritional contributions.

Though the health professionals at UC Berkeley encourage moderation, they concur that coffee does indeed have health benefits. They also noted that “early research linking coffee or caffeine to health problems has almost always been refuted by better studies.”

Caffeine is nearly synonymous with coffee, and we all know that in excess, it can cause insomnia, jitters and indigestion issues. But remember that caffeine has a purpose in the plant. It serves as a natural pesticide to ward off its predators. And recent studies have shown its beneficial nature for many of us, too, when it’s consumed in moderation.

As a mild psychoactive substance, it “improves reaction time, mental acuity, alertness, and mood; wards off drowsiness; and helps people wake up and feel better in the morning,” according to the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. Moreover, it enhances aspects of sport performance and contributes to pain relievers’ effects.

The newsletter calls coffee “the No. 1 source of antioxidants in the U.S.,” largely because of its colossal consumption.

Nevertheless, its antioxidants are real and many. Among them are polyphenols, which can contribute to the “prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and osteoporosis and suggests a role in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes mellitus,” according to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Other reports linking coffee to health-benefits include:

* Two other recent studies in that journal linked long-term coffee drinking to a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes.

* A 2012 NIH-AARP diet and health study revealed that those who drank at least four cups of coffee daily were 15 percent less likely to develop colon cancer than those who didn’t.

* Though the overall risk for prostate cancer isn’t affected, a 2011 study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and a 2012 study in Nutrition Journal found a reduced risk of aggressive prostate cancer in those who consumed coffee.

* Two large studies in 2011 linked coffee to a decreased risk of endometrial cancer.

* According to a 2011 analysis in Nurses’ Health Study, drinking two to three cups of coffee daily reduces the risk of depression by 15 percent.

* Two studies in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011 and 2012 revealed that older women who drank coffee were less likely to experience cognitive decline.

* And according to a review paper in Experimental Neurobiology, drinking coffee helps protect against Parkinson’s disease.

* Though coffee may increase the risk of heart attack for people with multiple cardiovascular problems during the hour or two after drinking coffee, a 2011 Swedish study in the American Journal of Epidemiology discovered that moderate coffee drinking was “associated with a modest reduction in stroke risk.”

* According to a large study in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2012, people who drank at least two cups of coffee every day (regular or decaf) were 10 to 15 percent less likely to die from diabetes, a stroke, heart disease, respiratory disease, an infection or an accident.

* And recently came news from researchers at the Duke University School of Medicine who found that the caffeine from coffee and tea reduced fat in the livers of people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Despite coffee’s health benefits, however, UC Berkeley’s experts are reluctant to encourage people who never have drunk coffee to drink it, largely because the risk factors remain for certain people.

We shouldn’t forget that caffeine is a stimulant and, as such, should be avoided by people with certain heart or blood conditions or other health concerns. Your health practitioner should be consulted before you make dietary changes, even changes to your beverage consumption.

Maybe a good word and reminder from Ralph Waldo Emerson is in order: “Moderation in all things, especially moderation.”

— Creators.com

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Tech Trekkers boldly go into STEM fields

    By Amy Jiang | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Decoding breast milk secrets reveals clues to lasting health

    By Pat Bailey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    California climate change policies to hit our pocketbooks

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A1

     
    Davis braces for six days of scorching heat

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Appeals court upholds high-speed rail route

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

    Carwash raises funds for funeral expenses

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    Unitarians will host summer camp

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Artists, photographers invited to support Yolo Basin Foundation

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Sudwerk’s sales grow, floating on a sea of dry hop lager

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Wetlands visitors will see migrating shorebirds

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    ‘Bak2Sac’ free train ride program launched

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Explorit: Wonderful wetlands right at home

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    Recycle old paint cans for free

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Where your gas money goes

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A12

    Americans, internationals make connections

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

     
    Can you give them a home?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16 | Gallery

    STEAC needs donations of personal care items

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16, 1 Comment

     
    .

    Forum

    Trio disagrees on best option

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Commenting system to change

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10, 32 Comments

     
    Support these local restaurants

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Let’s get the bench repaired

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

    Predicting climate changes

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

     
    Clinton’s book is worth a read

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10, 3 Comments

    Thanks for emergency help

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Sports

    Hudson solid, Hamels better in Giants’ loss

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Petrovic, Putnam share Canadian Open lead

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Moss powers A’s past Astros

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Enriquez brilliant, but Post 77 season ends with Area 1 loss

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    The un-Armstrong? Tour ‘boss’ Nibali wins Stage 18

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    Clyde Elmore: Art in the Wild

    By Evan Arnold-Gordon | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    ‘A Most Wanted Man’: Superb espionage drama

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Musicians perform at Sunday service

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A17 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    Accord’s latest model is most fuel efficient

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
     
    .

    Obituaries

    Mary Lita Bowen

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    James Thomas Feather

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Richard ‘Dick’ Robenalt

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, July 25, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: A13

     
    .

    Real Estate Review

    Featured Listing

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER1

    Professional Services Directory

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER2

    Remax

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER3

    Sherman Home

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Tracy Harris

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Vaughan Brookshaw

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Lyon Real Estate

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Julie Leonard

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER5

    Ciana Wallace

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

    Melrina A Maggiora

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

    Joe Kaplan

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

    Jo Vallejo

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

    Karen Waggoner

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Jamie Madison

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Malek Baroody

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER10

    Carol Coder

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER11

    Diane Lardelli

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER11

    Jason Sull

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER11

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER13

    Julie Partain

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

    Lisa Haass

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

    Leslie Blevins

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

    Yolo FCU

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

    David Campos

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

    Heather Barnes

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

    Willowbank Park

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

    Kim Eichorn

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

    Dana Hawkins & Caitlin McCalla

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER18

    Dana Hawkins & Caitlin McCalla

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER18

    Susan von Geldern

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER19

    Open House Map

    By jboydston | From Page: RER19

    Chris Snow

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER19

    Travis Credit Union

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER20

    Patricia Echevarria

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER21

    Lynne Wegner

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER21

    Kim Merrel Lamb

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER21

    Martha Bernauer

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER21

    Open House Map

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER23

    F1rst Street Real Estate

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER24