Did you know that coffee is now a popular “miracle product?” For many years, this very famous Costa Rican cash crop is getting its much-deserved recognition from many medical researchers. In a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, it is said that coffee contains far more antioxidants than many vegetables and fruits.
Coffee is the third largest export product of Costa Rica, with over 200,000 tons of the product exported every year. Scientists say that Costa Rican coffee contains a higher amount of caffeine than other crops elsewhere in the world.
Many scientific studies are now vouching for the wonderful effects of Costa Rican coffee on your health. In one of the most recent reports, it was found that combining exercise and caffeine from coffee may give ample protection against skin cancer caused by sun exposure.
In the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, which was held in Chicago Illinois, researchers from the Rutgers University revealed that mice that are at a high risk of skin cancer reduced their skin tumor growth after being fed certain doses of caffeine.
Yao-Ping Lu, the New Jersey school’s principal researcher, said that these benefits may be extrapolated to humans, and that the treatments may give the same effects as well.
Last year, similar findings were brought forward by researchers from the same university. According to their study, a sunscreen that contains caffeine might help ward off dangerous UV rays.
There are numerous studies that say that caffeine can help protect against chronic diseases, such as heart problems and Alzheimer’s disease. These findings were from a report published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B of the American Chemical Society. The researchers based their claims on caffeine from coffee and tea consumption.
In another study – this time published in the 2010 American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry – it was revealed that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in mice.
Meanwhile, a 2009 Indiana University research revealed that caffeine can reduce exercise-induced asthma.
There are other medical studies, published in 2007, that report how caffeine from coffee reduces risk of liver cancer and provides additional protection against uterine cancer. This uterine cancer study was based on a 26-year study of women. However, the researchers noted that the coffee drinkers were not selected and assigned to test groups randomly.
There are also studies that say that coffee can help reduce body weight and help with optimal weight management.
Although these studies were mostly conducted on animals, mice in particular, scientists believe that the results may also apply to humans.
Indeed, the benefits of Costa Rican coffee are now being widely recognized. Have a cup today – it’s one of the simplest ways to boost your health!
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