That information...July 26 2012 at 11:02 AM
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about the alledged health "benefits" of coffee that you copied and pasted from some website is a typical example of the DISinformation that is routinely being propagated about this beverage. It briefly gives one SOME results of research that one might be interpreted as positive, but makes no mention of the results of any research which could be interpreted as negative. That gives the FALSE impression that ALL of the information about coffee must be "good". The best salesmen never talk about the negatives of the products or services they sell. They leave that up to the unwary consumer to discover for himself and hope that, by the time that happens, the consumer will be so hooked on or dependent upon the product or service that he will not have the will power to quit using it!
Yes, coffee does contain SOME antioxidants, but that does not mean that they will negate any genetic damage that might be caused by the various carcinogens it ALSO contains. A few years ago a lot of smokers fooled themselves into believing that all they had to do to protect themselves from the free radical damage caused by inhaling cigarette smoke was to pop a nice big vitamin C tablet every day. Actual research showed that, as far as lung cancer was concerned, this made absolutely NO difference!
Caffeine is a stimulant which works, because of its similar molecular structure, by blocking receptor sites on the ends of nerves that are meant to only respond to an important neutrotransmitter that accumulates in the synaptic gaps between nerve cells that are overworking and thereby causes them to calm down so that they will not be drained of the various chemicals involved in conducting nerve impulses. In a sense, caffeine molecules work in a manner very similar to that of nerve gases! IMO, if a person who was suffering from the symptoms of "Syndrome X" and ALREADY had high blood pressure due to it was to routinely drink caffeinated coffee, he could actually INCREASE his risk of having a hemorrhagic stroke if his dose of caffeine drove his blood pressure even higher. Of the two types of strokes (hemorrhagic and ischemic) hemorrhagic ones are the worst type and can easily be FATAL if one does not receive prompt BRAIN SURGERY!
Tea usually has less caffeine in it per pound than coffee and it is easily washed out using water or steam. I've tried green tea and, personally, I do not like the flavor. I stick with the darker teas which still have most of the cardiovascular system friendly polyphenols in them.
There was a interesting study done on the benefits of tea consumption in Japan decades ago. It showed that the villages that had the highest per person tea consumption had the lowest number of cancer cases. The tea seemed to be particular protective against cancers of the mouth, throat, and esophagus. Interesting enough, at the time Japanese males were doing a lot of smoking so its possible that these anti-cancer properties of tea worked despite the free radicals in the cigarette smoke that were contacting the mucuous membranes of their mouths and throats.
I believe in tea!
- nonsense - JerseyMo on Jul 26, 2012, 11:47 AM