Believe it or not, coffee is a
It has been known that coffee
as one of the most popular beverages in the world. However despite its
reputation as an excellent drink, coffee has nonetheless achieved a bum rap when
it comes to its healthful (or lack thereof, supposedly) merits. Indeed, some
claim that it contributes to increase in blood pressures and ulcer. What's the
truth to these claims? Here's what Celebrity Recipes Plus Home & Gardens
pressure and ulcer.
Due its stimulating effect, coffee does increase blood pressure. However, recent
studies seem to indicate that consuming coffee by itself does not alone
contribute to a significant rise in BP. Additional factor like stress, even the
use of cream or milk in coffee, sugar and obesity contribute to a harmful
increase in blood pressure. The same seems to go with regards to coffee and
ulcer as well.
Remember the brouhaha that Sharon
Stone figured in regarding colon cancer and coffee? Well, it seems that her "basic
instinct" wasn't exactly on the right when it came to the
correlation between coffee and the risk of cancer. According to a study by the
University of California Davis, coffee, though it contains a thousand chemicals,
actually has a lot of antioxidants as well. Antioxidants are
substances that help support the immune system and help fight the spread of
In fact, consuming coffee up
until 20 minutes after brewing, is enough to deliver 300 phytochemicals that are
antioxidants. Moreover these substances will stay in the body for a minimum of
one month. Also, it's said that a cup of coffee contains as much antioxidants
as three glasses of orange juice!
Sure, coffee may stain teeth
(although not as much as tea) but it actually saves them from cavities as well.
It seems that it has properties that fight plaque build-up that leads to
What other healthful attributes
are there in coffee? It seems that the list is endless. Coffee doesn't only
increase alertness and mental activity, but new evidence suggests that it may
actually decrease depression. It has even been prescribed as a cure for ADD, or
Attention Deficit Disorder for children.
Athletes have also discovered
that coffee increase endurance, and dieters rejoice! It seems to contribute to
fat loss and is also helpful in maintaining a low-calorie diet as it acts as a
somewhat controversial appetite suppressant as well.
Anyway, as in all things,
moderation is the key even when drinking this surprisingly healthy brew. Indeed
be forewarned drinking more than 2 cups of coffee a day may upset the stomach
and cause nervousness. However, if you can control yourself, then go ahead,
drink your coffee.
We all know that tea is
considered more healthful by some people, here are some more health-related uses
can be sued as a foot relaxer and/ or refresher. Just soak feet in a pail or
basin full of tea and relax.
soothes insect insect bites. Keep a bag or two of tea (any kind) in a first
aid kit for easy relief from bothersome bugs.
as a compress, it can soothe swelling. Tea bags can also be placed on the
eyes to diminish eye bags.
can be soothed with a tea-soaked compress.
and then, lit, tea leaves can repel mosquitoes - and of coarse, we know what
disease some mosquitoes carry.
(IF NOT HEALTHFUL) ICE CREAM, ANYONE?
Don't be surprised if when you
buy ice cream from the supermarket you will be making a decision on whether to
buy vegetarian ice cream or not. Yes, the health-craze has even reached the ice
cream producers with the proliferation of such flavors (at least in the United
States) consisting of herbs, teas, and edible flowers - to name a few. A New
York outlet even sells Lavender Rice, Green Grape and Black Plums, that sure to
be are chockfull of oxidants.
However, if there are healthful
ice creams, there are also such "tempting" ice creams that may be
health-compromising. These include such flavors as ale, tequila, vodka and
cocktail blends that would no doubt bring a nice alcohol-buzz to any ice cream