Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Wake up and smell the coffee

(Courtesy of Mohan the Great)

If you haven't woken up to the positive attributes of coffee for athletes (of any standard) then you really need to sit down, have a double espresso and read these articles. I've been saying it for years but more importantly so have the experts, coffee significantly improves performance, especially for endurance athletes. Additionally studies are now saying that coffee improves health, reduces the risk of cancer and increases life expectancy. Read on and make sure you take the black elixir before your next race.


A few recent large-scale studies have uncovered some new by-the-cup health benefits of coffee. Check 'em out:

1 cup . . . may lower your risk of cancer. A 13-year Japanese study revealed that men and women who drank a cup or more a day were half as likely to develop cancer of the mouth, pharynx, and esophagus compared with people who didn't drink coffee.

2 cups . . . may fend off strokes. In a 24-year study, women who drank 2-3 cups a day were 19 percent less likely to have a stroke compared with women who drank less than a cup a month. One caveat: The benefit applied only to nonsmoking women with no history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

3 cups . . . may safeguard your neurons. Middle-aged adults who reported drinking at least 3 cups of coffee a day were 65 percent less likely to have developed dementia or Alzheimer's by the time most of the group had reached their mid-sixties to seventies. Now, that's a lotta coffee. But not for everyone.

What's in Those Magic Beans?
Although it's not clear how coffee does all of these wonderful, protective things, researchers suspect that the coffee bean's high level of inflammation-fighting antioxidants (called polyphenols) may have something to do with it.

Also you should take a look at "Kudos for Coffee"

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