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Reduce Risk Of Dementia By Drinking Coffee

Monday, December 01, 2014

Not only is coffee one of the tastiest beverages around – it is also one of the healthiest, as new scientific research continues to prove.


Good news, then, for the millions of us worldwide that spend eight hours every working day attached to our trusty mug!


Indeed, this November, a brand new study has revealed that drinking coffee regularly in a moderate, long-term manner can help significantly cut your chances of getting dementia.


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The Findings


According to scientists, drinking between three to five cups of coffee per day can help you protect against developing dementia by as much as 20%!


The study, which was published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, postulates that drinking coffee can play a significant role in preserving memory and other cognitive functions – which is especially important during the phase of Alzheimer's disease before symptoms of dementia occur.


So, what exactly is it about coffee that helps protect you against the onset of dementia?

Well, this recent study, which was presented at the Alzheimer's Europe Annual Congress in Glasgow, indicated that compounds in coffee called polyphenols (which are found in great abundance in our favourite caffeinated beverage) are responsible for this protective effect.

What’s more, caffeine helps protect against the formation of amyloid plaques and neurofibrulary tangles in the brain, which are two further hallmarks of Alzheimer's Disease.


Furthermore, the combination of caffeine and polyphenols can help reduce inflammation and decrease the deterioration of brain cells, especially in the cortex and hippocampus, which, for those of us that haven’t got a PhD in Bio Chemistry, are the areas of the brain which are involved in memory.


The vice chairman of Alzheimer Europe, Dr Iva Holmerova, supported these recent findings, stating that:


“The findings presented in this report are very encouraging. Coffee is a very popular beverage enjoyed by millions of people around the world and I'm pleased to know that moderate, lifelong consumption can have a beneficial effect on the development of Alzheimer's disease.”


The Importance of Diet and Lifestyle


Although cognitive decline is a sure sign of getting older – and is par for the course for all of us at some point – these findings from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee coincide with a recent line of thought that your lifestyle and diet could be related to cognition.


What’s more, according to nutrition and health experts, the traditional Mediterranean diet, which comprises fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, red wine and olive oil, is also connected with a reduced risk developing Alzheimer's disease.


So, the main takeaway here – which will hardly come as a shock – is to drink coffee as part of a healthy lifestyle!


Wwhat do you think about these new findings?


Do you drink coffee as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle?


Get in touch with us here at Cafe2U HQ with your questions/comments/opinions!


Unusual Ways To Drink Coffee

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

How did you drink your coffee today?


From a favourite trusty mug that’s seen better days?


A Styrofoam cup at a sporting event, rally or trade show?


A novelty mug that was gifted to you by an eccentric relative (that’s me today – ‘I Spend 8 Hours A Day Here’!)?


Or maybe from a cardboard container at one of your high street coffee outlets?


For most of us sane people it’s probably one of the options above - unless you’re operating caffeine-free today, in which case you have our deepest sympathies!


However, in recent years, there has been a growing trend – especially in some of the trendier outlets around the world - to drink coffee out of more unusual containers.


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So, without further ado, here are just some of the ways you can enjoy a delicious brew in a slightly more unconventional manner.


Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cones


We have to admit, this option sounds particularly delicious!


This trend of drinking coffee from completely edible chocolate dipped waffle cones reportedly started in Los Angeles at a Cafe2U at an establishment called ‘Alfred Coffee & Kitchen’.


Now that sure is a mother-watering way to get your morning cappuccino!


The only downside is that you’re charged an extra $5 for the privilege of having your coffee in this manner, but this is an allowable expense in our mind!


Bell Peppers


Apparently there is a trend in New York right now to drink your coffee from… bell peppers!


The bizarre – but apparently delicious – combination of a hollowed-out yellow bell pepper and a frothy cappuccino is the brainchild of Chelsea coffee house Crave.It.


And journalist Justin Rocket Silverman has given this drink a big thumbs up:


Don’t knock this bell jar until you try it: the bitter kick of the coffee is perfectly balanced by the cool sweetness of the pepper.


It’s also a great option if you struggle to always fit in your five-a-day!


The ‘Cookie Cup’


A mad Italian designer recently came up with a new way to drink Espressos – from a cup made out of cookies!


The designer, Enrique Luis Sardi, was commissioned to execute this eccentric cup for Italian coffee company Lavazza.


The Cookie Cup is made from pastry which has an interior coated in icing sugar which works as an insulator to make the cup waterproof – and, at the same time, a sweetener for the coffee!


What do you think?


What do you think about these more unusual ways to drink coffee?


Would you like to try any of them?


Know of any other unconventional coffee containers?


We’d love to hear from you here at Cafe2U HQ – send us your comments!



Prevent Damaging Effects Of Obesity With A Cup Of Coffee

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We’ve written a great deal here on the Cafe2U Blog about the abundant health benefits of drinking coffee, such as how a daily cup can boost liver health and help keep serious illnesses such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cardiovascular disease at bay.


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And now, just when you thought your delicious morning cup of coffee couldn’t get any better, scientists have discovered yet another potential health perk directly associated with drinking our favourite caffeinated beverage.


Indeed, recent research has suggested that there is an ingredient in coffee which may help protect against obesity and its damaging effects on health and wellness.


This new study, which was carried out by scientists at the University of Georgia and published in the Pharmaceutical Research journal, has pinpointed a chemical compound in coffee which might be able to protect the body against a range of obesity related health issues.


So what is this magic ingredient?


It is actually a very powerful antioxidant which goes by the name of chlorogenic acid (CGA), and is found in great abundance in coffee.


For the duration of the study, the scientists fed mice using a very high fat diet, while, at the same time, injecting them with a solution containing chlorogenic acid bi-weekly.


Results from the study revealed that the mice did not gain weight during the trial, and, in addition, the mice showed other promising signs in the fight against obesity.


Yongjie Ma, who was the lead study author during the trial, concluded that the


CGA significantly blocked the development of high fat diet-induced obesity, and in the meantime, CGA treatment curbed obesity-related metabolic syndrome, such as fatty liver and insulin resistance.


CGA is also prevalent in a number of other ‘superfoods’ and fruit and vegetables, such as pears, apples, blueberries and tomatoes.


What are the health risks of obesity?


Over the last two decades, obesity has become one of the most prevalent health concerns in the UK and United States.


On top of weight gain, obesity leads to a build-up of fatty deposits in the liver as well as increased insulin resistance.


These symptoms in turn can cause liver disease and diabetes.


Don’t rely on CGA alone!


Despite the promising results of this recent research, scientists are reminded everyone that the CGA is not a ‘magic bullet’ cure-all.


Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly are still easily the best ways to protect against  the risks associated with obesity.


Indeed, Ma went on to state that:


We're not suggesting that people start drinking a lot of coffee to protect themselves from an unhealthy lifestyle, but we do think that we might be able to create a useful therapeutic using CGA that will help those at risk for obesity-related disease as they make positive lifestyle changes.


What do you think about these recent findings?


Do you know of any other health benefits associated with drinking coffee?


Get in touch with us here at Cafe2U HQ – we’d love to hear your comments!