Benefits of Drinking Coffee

From a Dr Mercola article from today
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In this large study of nearly 50,000 men, researchers found men who drank six cups of coffee a day had a 60 percent lower risk of lethal prostate cancer, while those who drank three cups a day had a 30 percent lower risk. The benefits were thought to come from the non-caffeine components of coffee, which include multiple nutrients and flavonoid antioxidants.

Other studies, too, have shown a lower cancer risk among coffee drinkers. For instance, a Japanese study found that those who drank coffee daily, or close to it, had about half the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a type of liver cancer, than people who never drank coffee. Other research has also linked coffee with lower rates of:

Type 2 diabetes
Parkinson’s disease
Dementia
Heart rhythm problems
Stroke

Is Coffee Good for You?

I have previously said that coffee is better off avoided, but some new revelations have changed my stance on this somewhat.

In an interview I recently conducted with Ori Hofmekler, author of The Warrior Diet, The Anti-Estrogenic Diet, Maximum Muscle Minimum Fat — and a self-proclaimed coffee enthusiast who has researched coffee extensively — you can hear the details of why coffee may be of therapeutic benefit.

Please realize that the warnings against the use of caffeine are well-warranted, because in and of itself it can be quite toxic. However, like so many other natural substances, when it comes to the whole food, in this case the coffee bean as opposed to the isolated caffeine, the converse is oftentimes true.

For instance, recent research, which Ori has written about in his upcoming book, Unlocking the Muscle Gene, has shown that coffee, which can trigger glutamate reuptake inhibition, ALSO triggers a mechanism in your brain that releases a growth factor called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF).

BDNF activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, and also expresses itself in your muscles. It does this by supporting the neuromotor, which is the most critical element in your muscle. Without the neuromotor, your muscle is like an engine without ignition… Neuro-motor degradation is part of the process that explains age-related muscle atrophy.

So in this respect caffeine from natural, whole coffee may help keep your brain and muscle tissue young.

There is also reason to believe that coffee could help curb your sugar cravings. One of the reasons why you get addicted to a food is because your brain has opioid receptors. They’re part of a primordial reward system that helps you detect, select and enjoy eating fresh foods over rancid ones.

Today, however, we live in a world of plenty, surrounded by processed foods that are typically loaded with sugar, which has led our addictive opioid receptors to become addicted to the wrong foods.

There are a few compounds called opioid receptor antagonists. That means once they occupy the receptors, they prohibit you from being addicted to something else. Coffee is an opioid receptor antagonist, meaning caffeine can bind to your opioid receptors and may attenuate the addictive impact of another substance. So, all in all, it appears coffee may have some valuable redeeming benefits, but there are some important caveats.

Be Careful and ONLY Consume Coffee this Way to Maximize Health Benefits

Most coffee produced today is heavily contaminated with pesticides. It’s actually one of the most heavily sprayed crops grown. So, any coffee you consume should be organic, pesticide-free coffee. You also want only high-quality coffee beans that have been properly dried and roasted, and you’ll want to grind them yourself to prevent rancidity.

Ori explains:

“Basically, if you have a quality coffee bean, even the roasted one, you get multiple nutrients and flavonoid antioxidants. You can detect the quality of the coffee by taste and smell … rancidity can be detected immediately. A coffee that doesn’t have a good aroma or taste is most likely stale and useless.”

Another important caveat is to drink your coffee black, without sugar or cream. Add sugar and you’ll certainly ruin any of the benefits discussed above by spiking your insulin and causing insulin resistance.

Finally, only drink coffee prior to exercise, not after.

When used before exercise, coffee will give you a good boost. However, it affects your muscles similarly to exercise itself. It increases the energy expenditure by your muscle while inhibiting the mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) — the mechanism that increases protein synthesis in your muscle.

What that means is that coffee, similar to exercise, actually inhibits the inherent mechanism that builds your muscle, which is why you should avoid it after a workout. (You do not build muscle while exercising. Muscle building occurs afterward.)

Eat This Food for a Sun-Kissed Glow

From arcamax.com

Eating a balanced diet that includes about five daily servings of fruits and veggies can give you a healthy, sun-kissed glow. A new study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior suggests that consuming more carotenoids—orange and yellow pigments found in foods including red and yellow peppers, carrots, spinach and other dark leafy greens—can create an au naturel tan. “Carotenoids are thought to be stored in the fat under the skin, and are also secreted through the pores, where they are then absorbed back into the top layer of the skin, giving it a golden color,” explains study author Ian Stephen, Ph.D., now at the University of Nottingham. If you already eat five portions of fruits and vegetables, though, adding another five (or loading up on only carrots) won’t necessarily give you a more radiant flush. It may, in fact, make you too yellow or orange, warns Stephen.

You Need 10 Servings of Vegetables to Equal Just One Serving from 50 Years Ago!

Several excerpts from a very informative email I just received – by Jeannette Leduc at OrganicsPlus

You Need 10 Servings of Vegetables to Equal Just One Serving from 50 Years Ago!1

  • Just One of the Vital Minerals Lost was Regulating More than 300 Critical Body Functions.
  • The Same Thing Is Happening to Your Fruit.
  • And, It’s Getting Worse…

These days, the produce you buy at your local grocery store just doesn’t have the nutritional power that fruits and vegetables had just a few decades ago. Over farming, soil depletion, commercial fertilizer, hybrid crops and genetic modifications are slashing the nutrients found in your fruits and vegetables.

You’d have to eat 10 servings of spinach to get the same level of minerals from just one serving about 50 years ago.2

Producers create “hybrid” forms of your fruits and vegetables – not for their ability to store nutrients – but for their color, weight and shelve life. Why? So they’ll look nice and pretty when they sit under the fluorescent lights of your supermarket.

You may think they look nutritious, but “under the hood,” they contain little more than indigestible cellulose, sugar and water…..(snip)

Your Food Supply has Changed:
You’re Eating Fruit with No Vitamins… Vegetables with No Minerals…

We first began to know that there was a problem back in 1936. A group of doctors introduced Document No. 264 to the floor of the United States Senate. It was a dire warning that the mineral content of the soil was eroding. Vegetables were losing their power and people were at risk. Unfortunately Congress did nothing.

Today, we’re feeling the effects…

For instance, just look at the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) nutritional values for fruits and vegetables today compared to 1975.3

Take a look at the loss of vitamins and minerals Since 1975:

  • Apples, vitamin A is down 41%
  • Sweet peppers, vitamin C is down 31%
  • Watercress, iron is down 88%
  • Broccoli, Calcium and vitamin A are down 50%
  • Cauliflower, vitamin C is down 45%; vitamin B1 is down 48%; and vitamin B2 is down 47%
  • Collards greens, vitamin A is down 45%; potassium is down 60%; and magnesium is down 85%

According to USDA’s own numbers, the vitamin and mineral content has dramatically plummeted – in just 30 years!

Notice minerals like iron and magnesium have dropped by more than 80 percent. That’s from commercial farming technology and powerful fertilizers that practically sterilize the soil – leaving it with little to no mineral content.

If the soil doesn’t have minerals, there’s no way for vegetables to absorb them.

And that’s bad news for your health… Magnesium regulates over 300 body functions every day and is so critical to heart health and healthy glucose metabolism.*

But the story doesn’t end there. I wasn’t the only one to realize your fruits and vegetables don’t pack the nutritional punch they used to… A report from the University of Texas in Austin, also tracked the decline of nutrients in produce.

They reported findings at a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in St. Louis. They found significant drops in a wide range of produce across the board, including a  20 percent decline in vitamin C and a 38 percent plunge in vitamin B2.

What’s worse, fruit and vegetable growers create “hybrids” for the sake of making their produce “look better.” They actually create new versions of all your favorites so they have more water, more sugar, more pith (The indigestible support tissue like the white fibrous netting around an orange section) and less of everything else.

Growers call this the “dilution effect.” For them, more water and more pith helps their produce ship well, look good and weigh a lot. But it virtually wipes out their vitamin and mineral content.

The plunge in nutrients in your produce over the last 30 to 50 years is bad enough. But it is rapidly getting much worse. Genetic hybrids are pushing nutrient values even lower.

A popular broccoli hybrid called “Marathon” is an alarming example:

By the USDA’s own admission, levels of calcium and magnesium in the Marathon hybrid are 35 percent lower than other hybrids. The hybrids themselves are 50 percent lower in calcium and magnesium than “normal” broccoli. And the “normal” broccoli has less than half the calcium and magnesium than broccoli did in 1975!

In less than 50 years, the mineral, vitamin and antioxidant value native to fruits and vegetables has been virtually “destroyed” – robbing you of the natural vital nutrients you need every day….(snip)

You Have Over 280 Deadly Chemicals and Toxins Flowing through Your Blood – And they’ve Been there Since the Day You Were Born…

Living in the 21st century affords you many luxuries. High-speed computers… cell phones… air conditioning and plasma TVs… but the chemicals and industrial solvents that make them possible are poisonous. And they’re flowing through your blood as you read this letter.

In 2005, the nonprofit Environmental Working Group published the results of a sobering study. After analyzing the blood of newborn babies from around the country, they discovered 287 chemicals and other toxins.5 One of the pesticides that turned up the most was a by-product of DDT – a pesticide banned in 1972.

They also found:

  • 76 chemicals that damage cells in humans and animals.
  • 94 that are toxic to the brain and nervous system.
  • 79 that are toxic to a developing fetus.

At this point in history, we’re being poisoned before we take our first breath! But this is not limited to newborns. Not too long ago, PBS aired a Bill Moyers special called “Trade Secrets: A Moyers Report.” In it, Bill Moyers volunteered to have his blood and urine tested for chemical and toxic threats.6

The results were not surprising: Eighty-four distinct chemicals, solvents and toxins that are known to be harmful to your health. These chemical residues – termed the “chemical body burden” – are present in every human being on this planet, regardless of where you live or what you do.

Dr. Michael McCally of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, who led the research team for the Bill Moyers report made this comment: “Current ‘normal’ body burdens of dioxin and several other [chemicals] in humans are at or near the range at which toxic effects occur in laboratory animals.”

The message is clear: Studies on animals show that the average person is carrying enough toxins to cause serious DNA damage…..(snip)

To Your Good Health,

Jesse Cannone

1 Heinrich, Elmer. The Root of All Disease.
2 Heinrich, Elmer. The Root of All Disease.
3 Vegetables without Vitamins. Life Extension Magazine. March 2001.
4 Better than Vitamins. Newsweek. April 25, 1994.
5 Environmental Working Group. Body Burden – The Pollution in Newborns. July 14, 2005. http://www.ewg.org.
6 http://www.pbs.org/tradesecrets/problem/bodyburden.html

The facts presented above really explain why you need to grow your own food to control the variety and quality of seeds grown if you can grow a garden. If not, MyOrganicAcres provides a way for you to have a virtual garden grown for you organically from heritage seed varieties for maximum nutrition and flavour with the produce shipped fresh to you in a couple of days. As a free or basic member of MOA you also can purchase produce from a growing network of organic farms through the Farmer’s Market.

Why Your Grocery Bill Will Double This Year and What You Can Do About It

By Jeannette Leduc of organicsplus.info

The following website http://www.backyardfoodproduction.com/why-your-grocery-bill-will-double
Explains “Why Your Grocery Bill Will Double this Year and What You Can Do About It”

There is a series of videos capturing a 40 minute presentation given to a standing room only crowd at Brave New Books; in Austin, TX.

Marjory Wildcraft presents:
– Real price increases versus CPI fiction
– The vulnerability of the US food supply
– Debunking the US ‘Bread Basket to the World” myth
– The 3 biggest factors pushing up food prices.
– Getting started with backup food supplies.
– How much land do you need to be food self-reliant.
– How much water do you need.
– Getting started right now! Specific directions for everyone.

It explains very well why you want to have your own garden at MyOrganicAcres if you can not grow your own garden or to supplement what you grow.

Fresh Cranberry Relish – Jeannette Leduc OrganicPlus.info

This is a great recipe for Cranberry Relish that I tried at Christmas.

I did find the orange peel a little overpowering so try it with just half of the orange peel (organic) and taste it to see if you want to add more of the peel. I started with just ½ cup of organic sugar then added only another 2 tablespoons when I tasted it an hour later as I like food less sweet. You could try it with Stevia instead of sugar.

From http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cranberry_relish/

Cranberry Relish Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes.

Ingredients

• 2 cups washed raw cranberries
• 2 skinned and cored tart apples
• 1 large, whole (peel ON) seedless orange, cut into sections
• 1 to 2 cups granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you would like your relish to be)

Method
1 Set up the grinder with a medium-sized blade on the edge of a table with a large roasting pan or bowl to catch the mix as it grinds. These old fashioned grinders tend to leak some of the juice down the grinder base, so you may want to set up an additional pan on the floor under the grinder to catch the drips. If you don’t have an old-fashioned grinder you can use a grinder attachment on a KitchenAid mixer, you can chop by hand (though that will take a lot of work), or you can chop in a food processor (be very careful not to over-pulse, or you’ll end up with mush).

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