Never worried about the effects of regular coffee and caffeine on your body? If you have a family history of diabetes, Alzheimer’s or cancer, you may want to reconsider.
Based on research carried out at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, there are many health and wellness effects on the body as a result of regular consumption of caffeine free coffee.
Beneficial Coffee Compounds
Coffee beans consist of compounds that add to their flavor, coloration, and odor, several of which were analyzed to determine whether they, in fact, possess health and wellness advantages.
Caffeic acid belongs to the phenol type of chemical compounds within coffee beans. Phenols are proven to have anti-carcinogenic and also anti-oxidant effects.
Also found in coffee beans is Chlorogenic acid, this acidic compound had been shown to lessen the amount of glucose produced in the liver. Gluclose is responsible for the hyperglycemic peak after you eat high carbohydrate foods.
The hyperglycemic peak can be noticed most often after you’ve eaten lunch and are tired and sluggish. Your body is converting the sugars into fat instead of burning off the calories.
According to the study, decaffeinated Coffee helps to stop mental decline associated with aging and some related diseases. Coffee facilitates the metabolic release of sugar into energy that can be readily utilized by the body’s cells.
People with Type 2 Diabetes or Alzheimer’s often undergo mental decline due to a reduction of sugar metabolizing in the brain and nervous system.
Cafestrol – The Good (and Bad) Effects on Your Health
Cafestrol is another component found in the beans and has widely varying health benefits and the decaffeination process does not remove it. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects that work in favor of the brain’s ability to perform and increases the amount of bile acids (a good thing) produced by the liver.
Cafestrol is most abundant in french press coffee and other non-paper filter brewing methods (i.e. metal screen) as the paper filters block a good majority of it from passing through to the brew.
However, those suffering from high levels of “bad” cholesterol may want to check with their physician. Other studies performed by the Baylor College of Medicine found that Cafestol increased cholesterol by attaching to a receptor inside the intestines.
This receptor is responsible for regulation of cholesterol.
For those suffering from high levels of cholesterol, the Chemex Coffeebrewer may be a good choice as it features some of the thickest paper filters on the market and very little Cafestol makes its way through.
The Health Benefits
Effects on Alzheimer’s and Age
Decaffeinated coffee retains the beneficial polyphenols found in regular green and roasted coffee beans. These compounds improve the brain’s memory functions and cognitive abilities.
Although some of the anti-oxidants are removed during the decaffeination process, anti-oxidants levels in decaf coffee remain fairly high and can help to limit the effects of cancer and aging. Pier reviewed studies have proven that habitual decaffeinated coffee drinkers have a significant reduction of colon and breast cancers.
Protects Cells and Prevents Diabetes
Once again, the beneficial chlorogenic acid is left in place through the process(s) that remove the caffeine. The acid assists in regulating blood sugar levels and helps to prevent an insulin rush after the intake of carbohydrates and high sugar foods.
Also, the formidable levels of anti-oxidants remove free radicals that oxygenate cells within the body and stop cell structure damage which may lead to diabetes.
Why Not Regular Coffee?
Caffeine has been shown to have a positive correlation with some heart problems such as palpitations, strokes, and heart attacks. Of course many other factors have an effect on this as well such as age, genetics, other dietary habits and tobacco use.
However, removing another small variable may make a difference between having a heart issue and not having one.
Decaffeniated coffee may not have the bright eye effect of regular coffee, but if you have a family history of heart issues, Alzheimer’s disease, or diabetes, you may want to consider switching.
So pour yourself a nice decaf cup of joe from that carafe, sip, and enjoy.
Mount Sinai Medical Center. “Decaffeinated coffee may help improve memory function and reduce risk of diabetes.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 1 February 2012. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120201092316.htm>.
Baylor College of Medicine. “How Coffee Raises Cholesterol.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 June 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070614162223.htm>.
About Lynne Jaques
Lynne is a stay-at-home mother of two boys. As a former US military officer and the spouse of an active duty US military member, Lynne enjoys traveling the world (although not the moving part!) and finding new cuisine and methods of preparing food. She also has the habit of using parenthesis way too much!