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Coffee May Delay Alzheimer’s

According to the latest studies, researchers claimed that three large cups of coffee a day could help to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease and may even reverse the condition.

Researchers from the University of South Florida studied 55 mice that had been genetically engineered to develop dementia symptoms identical to those of Alzheimer’s as they aged. Before treatment the mice, which were aged 18 to 19 months, about 70 years in human terms, had performed poorly in the memory tests.

Half the mice were given a daily dose of caffeine in their drinking water — equivalent to a human consuming about six espresso shots or 500mg of pure caffeine; while the other half continued to drink ordinary water. By the end of the two-month study, the caffeine-drinking mice were performing far better on tests of memory and thinking than mice given water. Their memories were as sharp as those of healthy older mice without dementia.

How to get 500mg caffeine a day?

  • 2 x 250mg caffeine pills
  • 3 x large espresso-based coffees
  • 6 x cans of Red Bull
  • 14 x cans of Coca-Cola
  • 15 x cups of tea
  • 7kg (16 lb) of chocolate

Seems like 14 cans of Coca-Cola a day isn’t so viable. Maybe 2 large espresso and 2kg of chocolate a day is more viable?

Drinking Coffee Shrinks Women’s Breasts

A cup of coffeeCoffee can shrink the size of women’s boobs, according to a research by Swedish scientists revealed yesterday.

The caffeine-fuelled drink is well-known for keeping people alert and sobering up drunks.

But Swedish scientists have caused a stir by suggesting women who drink more than three cups a day could see their bra size drop.

However, on the contrary, the study showed regular hits of caffeine reduce the risk of women
developing breast cancer.

What’s your say on this? Have your notice this happens to you?

(Via Daily Star Sunday)

Coffee May Protect Women

Good news for female coffee drinkers!

Drinking large amounts of coffee, even up to six cups a day doesn’t increase the risk of an early death, instead it appears to protect women from fatal heart attacks and stroke, new study suggests.

Harvard School of Public Health researchers looked at coffee drinking and the risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or any other cause. They found that people who drank more coffee were less likely to die during 18 years of follow-up in men, and 24 years of follow-up in women.

Women who drank two to five cups of coffee a day were up to 26 per cent less likely to die than abstainers mainly because of a lower risk of death from heart disease. While, women who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee daily were 25 per cent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than “non-consumers.”

Those who drank more four to five daily cups of coffee saw their odds fare even better, to 34 per cent reduced risk.

Researchers found similar patterns for men, but the numbers didn’t reach statistical significance, meaning they may be due to chance.

(Source: Canada.com)

Coffee Is the New Sunscreen

Studies have shown that caffeine has anti-skin cancer properties. Caffeine can help get rid of sun damaged skin cells.

Daily Caffeine Protects Brain

Can coffee neutralize cholesterol?We know the benefits of coffee and according to Dr Jonathan Geiger of University of North Dakota, “Caffeine is a safe and readily available drug and its ability to stabilize the blood brain barrier means it could have an important part to play in therapies against neurological disorders.”

Coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body, research suggests.

A vital barrier between the brain and the main blood supply of rabbits fed a fat-rich diet was protected in those given a caffeine supplement.

UK experts said it was the “best evidence yet” of coffee’s benefits.

The drink has already been linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, and a study by a US team for the Journal of Neuroinflammation may explain why.

The spokesman for the Alzheimer’s Society said, “This is the best evidence yet that caffeine equivalent to one cup of coffee a day can help protect the brain against cholesterol.

“In addition to its effect on the vascular system, elevated cholesterol levels also cause problems with the blood brain barrier.”

One cup of coffee a day is all we need.

Wine Is Worse for Brain Than Beer For Women

Daily Mail reported that scientists have claimed drinking wine damages the brain more than beer or spirits.

They say it particularly affects the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with memory and spatial awareness, and one of the first areas to be affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

It could explain why millions forget what they are doing mid-task, or arrive in a room only to forget why they went there in the first place.

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Breast Implants, Coffee and Mobile Phones Unlikely to Cause Cancer

Good news! Drinking coffee is very unlikely to cause cancer, according to the five-point system created by University of New South Wales Professor Bernard Stewart, devised by an Australian cancer specialist

He also listed using mobile phones or having breast implants is unlikely to cause cancer to debunk popular myths.

The cancer risk assessment reaffirms smoking, alcohol and exposure to sunlight as leading risk factors, but allays concerns about coffee, mobile phones, deodorants, breast implants and water with added fluoride.

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Study Shows Caffeine Consumption Raises Miscarriage Rate

Bad news for coffee addicts, especially for the pregnant women, the latest study shows women who drank two or more cups of coffee daily during pregnancy had double the rate of miscarriages.

Expectant mothers have been confused for years about whether drinking that morning cup of joe could do harm to their unborn child.

Some previous studies have shown that consuming caffeine during pregnancy increases a woman’s risk for miscarriage, while others have found that drinking just a couple cups of coffee a day doesn’t pose much of a threat.

The latest research to examine the risk of caffeine consumption during pregnancy reveals that women who said they drank more than two cups of coffee per day had nearly double the risk of miscarriage compared with women who consumed no caffeine.

“I am not at all surprised by this study,” said Dr. Sherman Silber, director of the Infertility Center at St. Lukes Hospital in St. Louis. “Coffee is toxic stuff.”

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Coffee and Exercise Can Fight Skin Cancer

Good news, coffee junkie! Another reason to drink coffee. Read on.

Drinking a double espresso a day and taking regular exercise may help to prevent skin cancer, researchers say.

Low to moderate amounts of caffeine in combination with exercise can be good for health and prevent damage caused by the Sun’s ultraviolet rays, a study on mice suggests.

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in Britain and is becoming more widespread — the number of cases has doubled in the past 20 years.

The study, at Rutgers University in New Jersey, showed that a combination of exercise and some caffeine — equivalent to one or two cups of coffee a day — protected against the effects of the Sun’s ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation, which can lead to cancer. The caffeine and exercise seemingly conspire to kill off precancerous cells whose DNA has been damaged by UVB-rays, the authors say.

What’s more can I say? Coffee is a drink that has so many benefits, start drinking today!

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Coffee Protects Against Blepharospasm, Study Finds

People who drink coffee are less likely to develop primary late onset blepharospasm, according to results of a multicenter case control study conducted in Italy and published online ahead of print in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

One to two cups per day were needed for the protective effect to be seen, and the effect was proportional to the amount of coffee consumed. Also, the age of onset of the eye spasm was found to be later in patients who drank more coffee: 1.7 years for each additional cup per day.

Previous studies have suggested that smoking protects against development of blepharospasm, but this study did not show a significant protective effect.

The study included 166 patients with primary late onset blepharospasm. Serving as controls were 228 patients with hemifacial spasm and 187 people who were relatives of patients.

“The most obvious candidate for the protective effect is caffeine, but the low frequency of decaffeinated coffee intake in Italy prevented us from examining the effects of caffeine on blepharospasm,” the authors wrote.

Caffeine may block adenosine receptors, they proposed.

“Considering that the caffeine content of a cup of Italian coffee (60 to 120 mg) is similar to the average content of a cup of American coffee (95 to 125 mg), the protective effect on the development of blepharospasm might be exerted at caffeine doses greater than 120 to 240 mg, comparable with the caffeine doses suggested to be protective in Parkinson’s disease,” according to the authors.

Yet another reason to drink coffee.

(Via Opthmalmology Times)