Caffeine Tidbits Part 1

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Here are a couple of interesting tidbits about caffeine so if the subject comes up in a conversation, you can feel like you have something to add to the conversation. Okay, maybe the subject does not come up as often with you as it does with me but here’s some great info.
Caffeine is a natural insect repellent/insecticide. Just like caffeine stimulates us humans, it also stimulates an insect’s nervous system. So much so that insects will die if coffee plants or beans are over consumed. What this means to us is that chemical insecticides are not needed to control insect infestations.
The natural question would then be, “why isn’t caffeine used as an insecticide for every crop around the world?” The answer is pretty simple. It is very water soluble and washes away when it rains so it would have to be reapplied after every rain shower or storm.
Doesn’t a lighter roast have more caffeine? [On a side note, I hate this question! Those who just drink coffee solely for the caffeine effect should just go to a gas station and buy the $1.50 per gallon coffee to get their “fix”.] I do understand the confusion. There is marketing misinformation out there and it is our job to set the record straight.
The definitive answer to which has more caffeine a light roast or a dark roast is that caffeine is not roasted out of coffee. In other words, it has the same amount of caffeine in an unroasted green bean as in an over-roasted dark oily bean. However, the bean losses moisture as it is roasted and a dark roasted bean can weight 20% less than a light roasted bean. Therefore if you weigh your coffee before brewing, it will take more of the dark roast coffee beans to reach the desired brewing weight which means a dark roast coffee will have more caffeine than a light roast. Wait! What?
Stay tuned and next week we might talk about more nerdy facts about coffee and caffeine.

Coffee as a Means to Cleanse Your Body.

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Coffee Cleanse

The Ultimate Guide For Coffee as Way to Cleanse Your Body.

Updated March 10, 2017.

Often you will hear about people choosing to take part in a detox program to cleanse their body.

This might be used periodically by the particularly health conscious to maximize their efforts, though is frequently used by people to give their body a fresh start.

You often find people do so prior to a weight loss regime or if they know their body has suffered insults from the likes of smoking, alcohol or drugs, which they are now trying to avoid.

While coffee and other beverages containing caffeine are often recommended to be removed from your diet during a detox, removing coffee could actually be a mistake.

Here’s why.

Coffee Helps Liver Function

Coffee Increase Antioxidants Activity

Coffee Flushes the System

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Is a Coffee Cleanse Right For Me?

There is barely any scientific evidence for the use of the diets that you read about that are meant to rid your body of damaging substances and these can, in fact, be dangerous due to their potential to cause nutritional deficiencies.

However, there is mounting evidence that besides its numerous other benefits…regular coffee consumption can work to cleanse the body.

Avoid coffee and you could be missing out on a range of detox-friendly components that it contains. Even choosing decaffeinated coffee might be unwise, as like in other areas relating to our health, caffeine itself appears to play a role.

So if you’re looking to start anew, whether that’s through the help of the United States’ many rehabilitation facilities for those wishing to give up alcohol or drugs, such as those offered by California or Georgia detox centers, or on your own for another reason, your morning cup of coffee could make all the difference.

If you are interested in using coffee as a way to help cleanse your body, it’s vital that you use absolute top quality coffee.

That’s why we offer specialty grade coffee. It’s 100% organic and on the top beans are considered specialty grade, and they must pass a series of strict criteria to be considered specialty grade coffee.

You can look at our Coffee Options HERE.  

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Coffee Helps Liver Function

The liver is the body’s detoxification system, processing chemicals that are either produced during normal metabolism or ingested; it also helps us to break down drugs, legal or otherwise.

Coffee appears to have a protective role on the liver, helping to preserve its function. Those who drink it have been shown to have lower levels of certain enzymes and inflammation, which would otherwise be signs of liver damage.By protecting against injury to the liver, coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of liver cancer and cirrhosis.

For example, an Italian study from 2007, which reviewed 10 previous pieces of research on the link between coffee drinking and cancer of the liver, concluded that across all studies a beneficial effect was seen. Meanwhile, a review of the available evidence for whether coffee is protective against alcoholic liver disease, which was conducted by researchers in Germany in 2009, did indeed demonstrate that coffee is able to slow the progression of cirrhosis.

Ultimately, preventing diseases of the liver through coffee consumption ensures that the liver can continue to protect us from harmful substances for years to come.

By protecting against injury to the liver, coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of liver cancer and cirrhosis.

For example, an Italian study from 2007, which reviewed 10 previous pieces of research on the link between coffee drinking and cancer of the liver, concluded that across all studies a beneficial effect was seen.

Meanwhile, a review of the available evidence for whether coffee is protective against alcoholic liver disease, which was conducted by researchers in Germany in 2009, did indeed demonstrate that coffee is able to slow the progression of cirrhosis.

Caffeine has been identified as at least in part being helpful for maintaining liver function.

Three research papers have highlighted that one of the breakdown products of caffeine inhibits the production of a substance that stimulates the growth of a type of liver tissue associated with disease.

However, tea, which also contains caffeine – albeit in smaller amounts – has not been shown to offer the same benefit, suggesting that there must also be other mechanisms at work.

A team of Mexican researchers published a paper in 2009 that analyzed previous studies on the link between coffee and liver health, identifying kahweol and cafestol as potentially beneficial substances in the beans, as these have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

Chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid, two antioxidants found in coffee, may provide additional benefits towards the health of the liver, by way of protecting its cells from damage. Further research is needed to determine exactly which components of coffee are beneficial, but certainly, the initial evidence suggests that whether you drink standard or decaffeinated coffee you are likely set to benefit.

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Coffee Increase Antioxidants Activity

The reason why we often do not feel our best when we expose our body to the likes of alcohol, cigarette smoke, drugs or simply the chemicals in the environment that we are subjected to day in day out, is the negative impact that these can have on the cells in our body.

All of these substances can either cause direct damage to them or alternatively cause the release of what are known as free radicals.

These are harmful chemicals that are highly likely to induce damage to any cells that they come in contact with. However, the effect of these can be counteracted by antioxidants. Coffee is rich in polyphenols, one of the groups of antioxidants of antioxidants found within our diet.

Polyphenols, including those found in coffee, have been demonstrated through scientific research as having a beneficial effect with regards to this. A Japanese study from 2011 indicated the antioxidant properties of two polyphenols in coffee, both on cells in culture and a model that allowed them to demonstrate the positive effects in the body.

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Coffee Flushes the system

Caffeine has a mild diuretic effect and additionally has been demonstrated to stimulate the colon, helping to clear waste from the body that contains potentially harmful substances.

There is certainly evidence linking faster movement through the intestine and reduced inflammation, which doesn’t just benefit the health of the intestines, but all parts of the body, as the blood carries inflammatory substances elsewhere.

While there is growing evidence for coffee’s role in detoxifying our body, it’s important to remember that the other components of our diet are also important.

Besides enjoying a number of cups of Tap Dancers’ Specialty Coffee each day, be sure you also include plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and fish each week as part of a balanced diet, whilst limiting processed items that tend to be lacking in nutrients yet loaded with fat, sugar, salt and artificial preservatives. You can increase these a number of ways. Try juicing, eating more vegetables in each meal and drinking more water each day.

Want to try a coffee cleanse? Try drinking some Tap Dancers’ Specialty Coffee each day!