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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!



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