Hyon Choi, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, CAN, and colleagues found that men who drank four or more cups of coffee a day reduced their risk of gout, a painful joint disorder caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood. These findings appear in the June issue of Arthritis &Rheumatism.
In their prospective study evaluating the lifestyles of over 45,000 men, Choi and colleagues found that the risk of developing gout was 40 percent lower for men who drank four to five cups a day and approximately 60 percent lower for men who drank six or more cups a day compared to men who never drank coffee. Furthermore, parallel findings between these beverages and serum uric acid levels existed according to Choi and colleagues’ companion study published in the June issue of Arthritis Care & Research.
Tea had no measurable effect, the researchers explained, but decaffeinated coffee did, suggesting that perhaps a strong antioxidant and not caffeine is the beneficial ingredient. Choi cautions that people should not drink coffee to treat their gout, but for those at risk for or battling gout, “there is no need to avoid coffee consumption as some guidelines have suggested.”
The National Institutes of Health and TAP Pharmaceuticals funded research and found that caffeine is addictive but good for you. There are several proven health benefits and it causes no diseases. It makes you feel good by causing the release of dopamine. A typical cup made from our Coffee Roasting Co. pure arabica coffee, contains about 120 mg caffeine. Some comparisons for the same cup size: robusta: 250 mg; supermarket blend: 175 mg; instant coffee: 110 mg; tea: 50 mg; cola: 31 mg; hot chocolate: 20 mg; decaf coffee: 6 mg.
Habitual coffee drinking may lower blood pressure, not raise it as often previously believed. A 2005 study of 155,594 American Women (the ongoing Nurses health Study, as published in the Journal of American Medical Ass. vol. 294, Nov 9, ’05) shows the percentage change in relative risk of hypertension when the daily coffee intake was:
less than 1 cup: 0%
1 cup: plus 6%
2 to 3 cups: 0%
4 to 5 cups: minus 8%
6 and more cups: minus10%
The Associated Press reports that researchers from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania have determined that coffee provides more healthful antioxidants–substances that are thought to fight cancer and heart disease–than any other food or beverage found in the typical American diet. Led by chemistry professor Joe A. Vinson, the team analyzed the antioxidant content of 100 popular foods and beverages,including vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices and oils. Using data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture they then figured out how much of each food is typically consumed.
An average adult consumes this many antioxidants daily from: Coffee (1.6 cups): 1,299 milligrams / Tea: 294 milligrams / Bananas: 76 milligrams / Dry beans: 72 milligrams / Corn: 48 milligrams. This isn’t the first study to praise the health benefits of coffee. Earlier, Japanese researchers reported that people who drink coffee every day or almost every day have half the risk of developing liver cancer, compared with people who never drink it. The protective effect occurred with just one to two cups daily and increased with three to four cups. In addition, Harvard University researchers determined that coffee consumption can decrease by as much as 50% in men and 30% in women the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Go here for more information on the health benefits of coffee http://prestige.igetpaidtodrinkcoffee.com/index.html