Friday, May 21, 2010

Drink Your Brain Medicine, Your Coffee!

I just love these articles that confirm what I want to hear.  Coffee is good for your brain!

1. Caffeine has a positive effect on cognition, memory performance, and the ability to complete complex tasks.

2. An inverse association between regular caffeine consumption and the incidence of Parkinson’s disease was found–in other words, caffeine looks to be protective against Parkinson’s disease.

3 . The consumption of moderate amounts of caffeine was seen to decrease the cognitive decline associated with aging, as well as the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Caffeine prevented motor deficits, normalized brain function, and prevented brain degeneration.

5. Caffeine improves a sense of well-being, happiness, energy, alertness and sociability.

6. Caffeine enhances aerobic endurance.

7. Consumption of coffee can lead to a decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes.

8. Coffee has a whopping amount of antioxidants–on average, Americans receive 1,299 milligrams of antioxidants from their 1.64 cups of daily coffee. The closest competitor was tea at 294 milligrams. Rounding out the top five sources were bananas, 76 milligrams; dry beans, 72 milligrams; and corn, 48 milligrams.

I don't live on coffee.  I drink a few cups early in the morning.  After that I rarely touch it, only sometimes if eating out in a dairy restaurant, and that's much less frequently than weekly.

Please don't forget that a lot of the pc forbidden foods are being discovered to be extremely healthy, like eggs and milk fat.  Coffee is on that list, too.

I eat eggs every morning.  They are a complete, perfect, natural unprocessed protein and don't contain salt.  A cooked egg is very easy to digest.

Zero (0%) percent dairy products are forbidden in my home.  They aren't natural.  If you don't eat enough cholesterol your body will produce it in higher than necessary quantities.  So, it's better to have regular dairy products of 3-5% fat.   I shun the low fat and skimmed dairy products.  But I don't eat yellow cheese, either.  I rarely touch cheese at all.  I have regular milk in my morning coffee and eat plain, unflavored goats yogurt.  Generally, that's all the dairy I eat.


Minnesota Mamaleh said...

love this, love coffee and i really like your take on dairy. it truly tastes better when it's more naturally made and consumed. thanks for the reminder and for putting coffee on the good list! as a mom, *so* appreciated!! :)

Batya said...

Thanks, Minne Ma, reading the ingredients in "simple yogurt" is such a turn-off. When I led a diet coaching group, I took out what I had thought was natural yogurt to check how much salt it had and never bought it again.

Hadassa said...

I've noticed that many health tips involve "one a day". One cup of coffee in the morning, one egg per day, one glass of red wine in the evening, etc. Has anyone else noticed that?

Batya said...

"in moderation" is the term. Well, I don't have one cup, just that my coffee intake is once a day, and my 2 eggs once a day. I am doing better on animal protein, though I have tofu a couple of times a week. And I don't eat cheese.

Hadassa said...

Yep. Modern scientists/dieticians are realizing that the Rambam was correct.

miriyummy said...

As a confirmed an unabashed coffee addict I loved reading this post.

I was a vegan for a few years but could not bring myself to drink coffee with soy milk. Now I'm back to eating dairy with a guilty conscience, but do enjoy my coffee with full fat milk, and occasionally will even treat myself to 10% cream.

Batya said...

Hadassa, yes, he was a genius in so many ways.

Miri, 10%! Wow, that sounds delicious. I was a vegetarian for 25 years and tried vegan for a couple of short periods. Now I'm on a modified no-carb but omnivorous diet. And I lost a lot of weight doing it. I eat lots of food, except carbs.

Leora said...

Yes, and I had just read a post by a doctor who mocked caffeine drinks. (he should just be knocking the cola drinks - those are awful because of the phosphorus). Just because someone has Dr. next to their name, doesn't mean you should believe them.

Batya said...

Leora, yes, very true. Also the body develops a tolerance to it, so the more you drink the less effictive it is.
For me, it's perfect in the morning, limited to that time.