Thursday, May 24, 2012

Let's do the Java Jive!

I sure do know a lot of worriers. This bothers me, but it is understandable. After all, there is a lot to be worried about these days. So, I thought it would be a kind thing to do, rather than lecturing you on how bad worrying is for you, to actually ease your mind about one thing that might be on your mind.

Photo by Petr Kratochvil

Coffee. Do you ever worry about your coffee drinking habit? Well, you can stop. Unless you're drinking an exorbitant amount of coffee each day, you just might be reaping some health benefits from your daily cup or two of java. How cool is that? Coffee contains phytochemicals with antioxidant properties. This is especially helpful for anyone predisposed to diabetes because the antioxidants in coffee can build up insulin sensitivity. This can cut the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by as much as 30 percent! I wish I had known that back in my tea-drinking pre-diabetes days!

Other suspected benefits include:
  • boosting your brain power (I know I certainly can use that!)
  • cutting your risk of 
    • Parkinson's disease
    • gallstones
    • cirrhosis
    • colon cancer
Of course, if you are pregnant, this is not your free-ride to morning caffeine highs! Stay away!! For the health of that precious unborn child, switch to a decaffeinated morning brew!

And that's it for this week's Truths and Tidbits. I think I'll go grab a cup of coffee to wake up my brain.

Do you have any myths you would like to debunk? Feel free to comment!


  1. I was so glad when they decided coffee wasn't evil :) I love my cup or two or three in the morning.


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