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Latte Love: Is Drinking Coffee Good for You?


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The alarm goes off, you hit snooze. In seemingly no time, the alarm goes off again. This time you must pour yourself out of your warm down comforty enclave of goodness, and face the cold morning reality. Literally the only thing motivating you past this moment is knowing that a rich, flavorful, warm cup of coffee awaits. 

Sound familiar? If so, then you probably partake in a few more cups during the day, and if not, you're most likely a tea drinker...what are you doing here? 

Good news for coffee lovers! According to a new study, coffee isn’t just good for your skin – it can also keep you healthier! We love coffee at Pura Vida Body, organic Arabica coffee is the main ingredient in our organic coconut coffee scrub. A recent article on NPR.com, by Allison Aubrey, about new research supporting the case for coffee as a dose of daily goodness, peaked our interest; coffee plays such a major part in our daily lives and our daily scrub!

We dig into the findings, published by medical journal Circulation, to find out more on the health benefits of coffee (and by extension organic coconut coffee scrub):

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Walter Willett, of the Harvard School of Public Health, and one of the authors of the new study on the health effects of coffee, describes the findings: “In our study, we found people who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 15 percent lower [risk of premature] mortality compared to people who didn't drink coffee.” Willet also noted that even sippers who prefer decaf saw positive benefits.

Previous research, reported on by NPR, on the health benefits of coffee showed positive impacts like a lowered risk of Type 2 diabetes and stroke.

While too much caffeine can cause anxiety and stress, 200 milligrams found in roughly two cups of coffee can assist cognitive function and even improve mood. Sip happily, and responsibly for the best results.

Digging deeper into Willett and his co-authors’ findings, NPR asked Willett a few questions, which we have added below:

So, what do you think might explain this association? In the study, you point to compounds in coffee — such as lignans, quinides and magnesium — that may help reduce insulin resistance and inflammation. Prior studies have pointed to these as well.

We're not sure exactly how coffee is [linked] to all these benefits. The coffee bean itself is loaded with many different nutrients and phytochemicals. And my guess is that they're working together to have some of these benefits.

We [see] similar benefits from caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. That's important, because it suggests that caffeine is not responsible for [the benefit.]

So this may be welcome news to people who drink decaf?

Yes, because too much [caffeinated] coffee can cause insomnia and loss of sleep, and that's not a good thing!

The reduced risk of death was not seen among the coffee drinkers in your study who were smokers or former smokers. 

Definitely. It's extremely important to disentangle the effects of coffee from the effects of cigarette smoking.

So, what's the take-home here? Is is that coffee can be part of a healthy lifestyle?

I think if people like coffee, it's fine to include it [as part of your daily habit]. So, certainly, [people] should not feel guilty about moderate coffee consumption. It definitely can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

I wouldn't suggest that someone who doesn't like coffee go out and drink it.

Are you a coffee drinker? Are these findings likely to influence your own behaviors?

Well, I really like a good cup of coffee. But if I have more than two cups a day, I really don't sleep as well. So, I've been switching more toward decaf or half decaf/half regular.

In this study, you also analyzed how coffee influenced the risk of specific diseases — or categories of diseases. What did you find?

We went beyond total mortality and looked at specific causes of death. And we found that people who drink moderate amounts of coffee have lower risk of [death] from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurologic disease [such as Parkinson's] and suicide.

Your findings come from data from two Nurses' Health studies, which included about 167,000 women. And it also looked at the 40,00 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

As you point out, the participants in these studies are about 95 percent white, largely middle-class and well educated. Can you extrapolate to other populations?

Yes, I'm quite sure these findings would apply to other populations. This is a biological relationship. And we basically have a common biology.

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Enjoy your afternoon latte a little more, or have a cup while letting your organic coconut coffee scrub do it’s thing in the shower. However you choose to take your coffee, it’s pretty great knowing that it improves your overall health.

Pura Vida!


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