Coffee Studies Showcase the Health Benefits of the Drink
That's right - coffee is good for you, but remember coffee is not caffeine, and caffeine is part of coffee. Oh so confusing, but this really amazing article points out the health benefits of coffee from reducing risk for Type 2 diabetes, cirrhosis, high blood pressure, and other medical issues. One thing to note - the article recommends drinking filtered coffee, and not coffee made in a french press method. Why? Filtered coffee, which most Americans drink, is much better because the paper filters catch a substance called cafestol, which boosts "bad" cholesterol (LDL).
...Twenty studies worldwide show that coffee, both regular and decaf, lowers the risk for Type 2 diabetes, in some studies by as much as 50 percent. Researchers say that is probably because chlorogenic acid, one of the many ingredients in coffee, slows uptake of glucose (sugar) from the intestines. (Excess sugar in the blood is a hallmark of diabetes.) Chlorogenic acid may also stimulate GLP-1, a chemical that boosts insulin, the hormone that escorts sugar from the blood into cells. Yet another ingredient, trigonelline, a precursor to vitamin B-3, may also help slow glucose absorption.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 18, 2009 7:51 AM