Thursday, February 12, 2009

Coffee vending machines deliver health in a cup

It is a very normal human trait to want to feel healthy, pain free and, in general, to just feel good. And so, to achieve this, we have a variety of good lifestyle habits, various diets and exercise programs.

Ever thought your humble cup of coffee has anything to do with this? Read on.

Type 2 diabetes
Many people know that our "quick food" and "comfort food" lifestyle, now so prevalent, is prompting health care workers to warn of an impending diabetes epidemic. Coffee, surprisingly, actually lowers the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Researchers say a special antioxidant in coffee helps the way our bodies process sugar. It has nothing to do with caffeine, so if you drink yours decaffeinated, you get the same protection.

Liver disease.
Scientists say coffee protects our livers. Coffee drinkers show much less liver damage, even if they are at higher risk due to chirrosis, hepatitis, or alcohol abuse, according to research. Other studies have found that coffee reduces the risk of liver cancer as well

Breast cancer.
Scientists say coffee may help protect against certain types of breast cancer in some women. Research is under way to uncover more details.

Parkinsons's disease
Research shows coffee may help protect against Parkinson's disease. Other studies show that coffee helps protect the brain in other ways too, such as preventing cognitive decline in older men and may also help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Muscle pain from exercise.
Several experiments have found that caffeine levels equal to about 2 cups of coffee can reduce muscle pain during and after exercise.

And you thought the coffee vending machine was dropping out "just a cup of coffee".

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