Coffee vs Sodas

Is Coffee Healthier Than Soda?

Many people depend on caffeine to jump start their day, but the source of the caffeine and the amount of caffeine is important to your health.

Caffeine is considered safe if you stay within the recommended limits.  Too much caffeine can rob your body of calcium and cause a significant increase in your blood pressure.  Your daily intake should no more than 400mg.  The amount of caffeine in beverages varies greatly. For example, the amount of caffeine in coffee is greater from one variety to another and soft drinks vary from one manufacturer to another.

An eight ounce cup of brewed robusta coffee typically has 95-150 mg of caffeine.  Some soft drinks can have up to 55 mg of caffeine.  The leading source of caffeine for US adults is coffee consumption. The leading source for children is soft drinks.  That means 80 to 90 percent of adults and children consume caffeine habitually.  Studies show that staying within recommended caffeine limits can promote a person’s ability to pay attention.  30 mg or less of caffeine can alter mood and affect a person’s behavior, while 100 mg daily can cause physical dependence along with withdrawal symptoms upon abstinence.  Of course all of this depends on the person’s physical condition, weight and sensitivity to caffeine.  If a person consumes more than his tolerance, his thinking abilities and concentration worsen and the health risks increase.  Too much caffeine includes sweating, anxiety, tenseness and inability to concentrate.

Now here is the other side of the story. Coffee gives you that little extra kick and has been proven to improve your health in other ways. Soft drinks on the other hand have that little kick but can cause health problems in children and adults.  One soft drink contains approximately 18 packets of sugar. Over consumption of sugar is a major cause of obesity and diseases such as diabities  Just drinking one 12 ounce can per day can add an extra 16 pounds to your weight annually. Not only is the sugar bad for you but you need to consider the other ingredients as well.  Sugar substitutes, flavoring, preservatives and artificial colors.  None of which have any health benefits.

If you are looking for a caffeine fix that is healthier for you, try a good cup of organic coffee without all the fixings.


Coffee And Alzheimer’s

Coffee and Alzheimer’s

Can coffee help with Alzheimers

What if you could reverse Alzheimer’s by drinking coffee.

The University of South Florida did studies that are published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.  It showed that caffeine significantly decreased abnormal levels of the protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease in the brains and the blood of mice exhibiting symptoms of the disease.  Earlier studies showed that caffeine in early adulthood prevented the onset of memory problems in mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s symptoms in old age.

The new findings provide evidence that caffeine could be a viable treatment for established Alzheimer’s disease and not simply a protective strategy.  The best part is that caffeine is a safe drug for most people.  It enters the brain easily and appears to directly affect the disease process.

A Portuguese study reported that people with Alzheimer’s had consumed less caffeine over the last 20 years that people without the disease.  Several clinical studies have reported moderate caffeine consumption may protect against memory decline during normal aging.

The Alzheimer’s Research Center’s study included 55 mice genetically altered to develop memory problems mimicking Alzheimer’s disease as they aged.  After behavioral tests  confirmed the mice were exhibiting signs of memory impairment at age 18 to 19 months (about 70 years of age in humans).  The researchers gave half the mice caffeine in their drinking water and the other half got plain water.  The mice that received the caffeine (equivalent to 5 cups of regular coffee a day) performed much better on   tests  measuring their memory and thinking skills.  Their memories were identical to normal aged mice without dementia.    The mice that drank plain water for the two month study continued to do poorly on the tests.

In addition the brains of the caffeinated mice showed nearly a 50 percent reduction in levels of beta amyloid (the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease).  The caffeine appeared to restore memory by reducing the enzymes needed to produce beta amyloid.  The study also suggested that caffeine suppresses inflammatory changes in the brain that lead to an overabundance of beta amyloid.  The studies are continuing on coffee and the prevention of Alzheimer’s.  Go grab that cup of coffee and drink to your brain health.