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The benefits of a good coffee

If you love coffee, here is some of the latest good news.

  • A study of 90,000 Japanese by the National Cancer Center in Tokyo found that people who drank one to four cups of coffee daily had half the liver cancer risk of those who never drank coffee.
  • A study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that regular coffee drinkers had a significantly lower risk of developing type 2 (or late-onset) diabetes.
  • A half-dozen recent international studies showed a positive relationship between drinking caffeinated beverages — including coffee — and lower rates of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Other research links coffee consumption with reduced risk of cirrhosis of the liver, colon cancer and asthma.
  • A cup or two of a quality coffee can improve endurance in activities such as running, cycling and swimming, according to other research. Coffee has a strong ergogenic effect, meaning it helps people work harder and longer, explains Lawrence Spriet, an exercise physiologist at the University of Guelph who has researched the effects of caffeine on athletic performance for more than a decade. “Even small amounts of caffeine can be quite powerful,” he says.

Caffeine is the key

Although there are about 2,000 substances in a cup of coffee, its main active ingredient is caffeine, a naturally occurring alkaloid.  An eight-ounce cup of brewed coffee has about 135 milligrams of caffeine compared with 36 to 46 milligrams for the same amount of cola and 43 milligrams for the same amount of average-blend tea (instant coffee contains 76 to 106 milligrams of caffeine).

Caffeine acts as a stimulant, promoting the release of adrenaline in the body and suppressing a natural relaxant in the brain called adenosine. The result? L ess fatigueelev ated mood, increased alertness and more en ergy.

Not surprisingly, people who need to drive long distances, focus on a project, work a night shift or fight off jet lag drink caffeinated drinks to stay alert. The stimulating effects of caffeine may also result in enhanced athletic performance.

So what’s the bottom line? If you love coffee and want to drink several cups a day use good quality coffee, so don’t take chances and go for Caffe’ Trieste quality blends.

“A cup of coffee a day keeps the doctor away”