Saturday November 25, 2017

Green Coffee: Say Hello to a New Member in Your Fitness and Weight Loss Regime!

Here is an insight to the reasons for the popularity of green coffee and whether it is worth

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Green Coffee. Wikimedia
  • Green coffee is the best alternative to several weight loss supplements
  • Chlorogenic acid retained in this raw form manage to dominate its multiple benefits over caffeine
  • Research is still ongoing on its effect on other metabolic functions in humans

August 2, 2017: According to the current trend in which every second person is a fitness fanatic, the search for a healthier yet equally refreshing beverage as coffee has finally stopped on green coffee. Green coffee is nothing but unroasted coffee beans. Coffee beans are roasted to release the flavor and aroma sealed inside the green unroasted beans. Unfortunately roasting coffee beans deprives it with one of the active component, chlorogenic acid. The caffeine content more or less remains similar.

Green coffee beans are a just unroasted raw form of roasted coffee. Pixabay

The debate for the need and usefulness of green coffee is based on the foundation of the role of chlorogenic acid in human health. Where some find it as a healthy alternative,  others find it no better than a regular caffeine intake brewing in the name of another weight loss supplement. A plethora of companies selling green coffee extracts has currently captured the market. They claim it to be your best friend when it comes to weight loss. Not the coffee but the claim which is at stake is debatable. However, the top brands are reviewed to give a clear picture to the consumers.

After several types of research and studies, green coffee has notably marked its dominance in weight loss. Caffeine is assumed to contribute to cardiovascular diseases, increased blood pressure and increased homocysteine level. On the contrary chlorogenic acid present in the same has shown multiple benefits. Green coffee bean extract may improve glucose metabolism and reduce blood pressure. No wonder it has been endorsed as being able to reduce blood sugar levels and potentially exert an antidiabetic and anti-obesity effect. It also improves the function of the fat burning hormone adiponectin.

Coffee whether roasted or green, raw and grassy is the number one source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are our friends in need. They come to rescue us from the harmful free radicals generated inside the body.  Coffee drinkers have a 23-50% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and liver cirrhosis. Consuming coffee on a regular basis may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by 32–65%. It has shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Looking at the other side of the coin, green coffee also has several scary side effects such as:
  • Insomnia, Nervousness, Restlessness, Upset Stomach, Nausea, Vomiting, Increased heart rate, Increased breathing rate, Headaches, Irregular heartbeats, Diarrhea, Calcium deficiencies, Depression, Fatigue.
  • An important issue with Green coffee is shaky evidence on its effect on pregnant women and breast feeding women.

So, people who look forward to switching to green coffee must consult their respective doctors and go for a superior brand.

Bottom Line

The debate is still ongoing but the take home point is green coffee is yet questionable in its efficacy in the long run. But it is still far away in proving its worth in other dimensions of health apart from shreds of evidence of its role in weight loss.

Prepared by Harshi Jaiswal of NewsGram and Intas Biopharmaceuticals.

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3 Cups of Coffee a day may Prevent you from Premature Death

Compared to Abstainers, people who drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease .

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Someone pouring a cup of coffee. Drinking coffee could increase your health benefits, according to a new study,Thursday, Nov 23, 2017. (Photo: Diaa Bekheet)

London:

People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease than those who abstain, scientists said on Wednesday.

The research, which collated evidence from more than 200 previous studies, also found coffee consumption was linked to lower risks of diabetes, liver disease, dementia and some cancers.

Three or four cups a day confer the greatest benefit, the scientists said, except for women who are pregnant or who have a higher risk of suffering fractures.

Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed drinks worldwide. To better understand its effects on health, Robin Poole, a public health specialist at Britain’s University of Southampton, led a research team in an “umbrella review” of 201 studies based on observational research and 17 studies based on clinical trials across all countries and all settings.

“Umbrella reviews” synthesize previous pooled analyses to give a clearer summary of diverse research on a particular topic.

“Coffee drinking appears safe within usual patterns of consumption,” Pool’s team concluded in their research, published in the BMJ British medical journal late on Wednesday.

Drinking coffee was consistently linked with a lower risk of death from all causes and from heart disease. The largest reduction in relative risk of premature death is seen in people consuming three cups a day, compared with non-coffee drinkers.

Drinking more than three cups a day was not linked to harm, but the beneficial effects were less pronounced.

Coffee was also associated with a lower risk of several cancers, including prostate, endometrial, skin and liver cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes, gallstones and gout, the researchers said. The greatest benefit was seen for liver conditions such as cirrhosis of the liver.

Poole’s team noted that because their review included mainly observational data, no firm conclusions could be drawn about cause and effect. But they said their findings support other recent reviews and studies of coffee intake. (VOA)

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Women can Boost their Working Memory with Hormone Therapy

Benefits of oestrogen therapy in women.

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oestrogen therapy can increase working memory under stress. wikimedia commons

New York, Nov 5: Undergoing a type of hormone replacement therapy — used for menopausal treatment — may help protect as well as improve working memory for some women as they age, according to a new study.

Hormone replacement therapy uses female hormones – oestrogen and progesterone – to treat common symptoms of menopause and ageing.

The findings showed that women taking oestrogen-only therapy had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and performed better on tests of “working memory” following exposure to stress compared to women taking a placebo.

“Our study suggests that oestrogen treatment after menopause protects the memory that is needed for short-term cognitive tasks from the effects of stress,” said lead author Alexandra Ycaza Herrera, a researcher at the University of Southern California – Davis.

To measure the effect of oestrogen therapy on working memory under stress, the team recruited 42 women with an average age of 66.

Half of the postmenopausal women had been on estradiol — a type of oestrogen therapy — for approximately five years, while the others had received a placebo.

The researchers, in the paper published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, collected saliva to measure the women’s levels of cortisol, oestrogen, and progesterone.

They also ran a test of working memory called a “sentence span task”, in which the women were each given a series and then asked whether each sentence made sense. They also were asked to recall the last word of each one.

While women receiving oestrogen therapy had a smaller increase in cortisol and showed no decrease in working memory function, even after being exposed to stressful situation, those taking the placebo experienced a spike in cortisol levels as well as demonstrated a decrease in working memory function.

Previous studies have pointed to potential health risks — the Ahigher risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots — of the treatment.

Thus, Herrera noted that “hormone replacement therapy may not be right for every woman, but women need to be able to have the conversation with their doctors”.(IANS)

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Researchers found a new Drug to Reduce Alcohol Addiction in Teenagers

The drug is (+)-Naltrexone can reduce the drinking habit in teenagers.

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A new drug can reduce Alcohol addiction in teenagers. Pixabay
  • Researchers have found a new drug that may eventually help to reduce alcohol addiction in adults who used to binge during their adolescent years.

A new drug found which can reduce Alcohol addiction in teenagers

“During our teen years, the brain is still in a relatively immature state. Binge drinking worsens this situation, as alcohol undermines the normal developmental processes that affect how our brain matures,” said lead author Jon Jacobsen, a Ph.D. student at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

“Therefore, when an adolescent who has been binge drinking becomes an adult, they’re often left with an immature brain, which assists in the development of alcohol dependence,” Jacobsen added.

For the study, published in the Journal Neuropharmacology, researchers observed that adolescent mice involved in binge drinking behavior developed an increased sensitivity to alcohol as adults and engaged in further binge drinking.

The researchers were able to prevent some of these detrimental behaviors observed in adulthood, by giving mice a drug that blocks a specific response from the immune system in the brain.

The drug is (+)-Naltrexone, known to block the immune receptor Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4).

“This drug effectively switched off the impulse in mice to binge drink. The mice were given this drug still sought out alcohol, but their level of drinking was greatly reduced,” says senior author Professor Mark Hutchinson, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide.

“We’re excited by the finding that we can potentially block binge drinking in an adult after they have experienced such behavior during adolescence, by stopping the activation of the brain’s immune system. It’s the first time this has been shown and gives us hope that our work has implications for the eventual treatment of alcohol addiction in adults,” Hutchinson noted.(IANS)