What is Caffeine?
Caffeine is basically a bitter white crystalline alkaloid. It is a stimulant drug that is found in varying amounts in the seeds, leaves and fruits of some plants especially the coffee plant. Caffeine is mostly consumed in the form of an infusion, extracted from seeds of the coffee plant and leaves of a tea bush. Other sources include edibles containing products derived from the kola nut, which we have blogged about last year. Caffeine is oftenconsidered to be a harmful drug as it can be quite addictive. But, take it in the right dose can have positive effects on you and your health. The properties of caffeine temporarily ease drowsiness and can lift up your spirits. Hence, unlike other psychoactive substances, caffeine is legal and unregulated in almost all parts of the world.
What vitamins are in coffee?
Did you know:
Here at www.Passion4juice.com we write about anti-oxidants and how they benefit you. Did you know that coffee may actually be the healthiest aspect of your diet? Studies have shown that most people in the Western world get more anti-oxidants from their morning coffee than they do from their fruits and vegetables… combined!
Coffee helps you burn fat:
Caffeine has been scientifically proven to burn fat. Caffeine boosts your metabolic rate by up to 11%! But be aware that long turn coffee drinkers will have lesser results. Caffeine has been proven to also increase Epinephrine (Adrenaline) levels in the blood. So this can increase your physical performance by about 10%.
Can help reduce your chances of getting Type 2 Diabetes:
Diabetes is a huge health problem and is currently afflicting about 300 million people worldwide. Diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugar levels. This means the body builds a resistance to insulin or an inability to secrete insulin. But coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 Diabetes. In fact up to 25% less chance of getting Diabetes! Diabetes affects 300,000.00 people throughout the world and is increasing because of the obesity problems that are in the developed world.
Can reduce your risks of Dementia and Parkinsons Disease:
Alzheimer’s disease is a nasty degenerative disease that affects the older generation and is the most common neurodegenerative disease worldwide. Parkinsons is the second most common. Ways to combat dementia and Parkinsons is through exercise, eating healthy and drinking coffee. You have a chance to reduce getting dementia and Parkinsons by up to 60% by drinking coffee daily.
Coffee is proven to help reduce risks of liver and colorectal cancer.
Liver cancer is the 5th most common cancer worldwide and is the 4th most prevalent in Europe. Long term studies of coffee drinkers in the United States have shown that if you drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day you are 29% less likely to get liver cancer. But if you take that up a notch to 4 to 5 cups a day you are 50% less likely to get Liver cancer!
Susan Gapstur, Vice President of epidemiology for the American Cancer Society says. "It adds to the growing body of evidence that coffee might be associated with a lower risk for a number of cancers.”
Did you know that coffee has close to 100 active compounds including antioxidants, polyphenols and caffeine. It's also known to affect liver enzymes. But more studies are continuing as they research world are still trying to find the exact compound that is benefiting the Liver. With colorectal cancer long term studies in Japan, USA and Europe have found that there are anti-carcinogenic properties in coffee along with the antioxidants. Coffee has the capacity to induce the excretion of biliary acids and neutral sterols in the colon. Flushing the chance of cancer cells forming on the colon wall
Coffee, Skin and Hair Care:
Why not utilize a ‘coffee based’ oil.
Use dried beans infused into almond oil or coconut oil which can be applied to the scalp in a variety of delivery methods ranging from direct application to the scalp, pre-shampoo treatments, shampoo applications and/or rinse-out or leave-in conditioners. The coffee grounds or the infused oil can also be combined with a Shea butter, which you can buy raw from your local health food store or online. A great side benefit, used coffee grounds are known to be a great exfoliant for the scalp. So when you’ve had your morning coffee keep the grounds and add to your favourite shower gel or shower balm and use as an exfoliater. Coffee grounds are also a good treatment for helping reduce cellulite in some cases.
Use as a Conditioner:
Cold brewed filtered coffee, when used on wet hair, as an after shampoo rinse (like conditioner), will often help slow or stop skin shedding.
After shampooing, completely rinse hair. Gently squeeze excess water from hair with fingers. Pour pre-brewed cool filtered fresh ground coffee into hair. A great applicator is a recycled olive oil bottle that you have filled using a funnel. Pour the coffee into the hair. Allow to sit on hair for about 5 minutes. Rinse out or use as a leave-in conditioner. Wrap hair in stain-proof towel or cloth and allow the coffee conditioner mixture to remain on hair for 30 to 60 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and finish with a cool water to the final rinse. Cool/cold water will seal the hair scales flat down locking moisture, nutrition and bringing hydration, shine and condition to your hair. Towel blot and air dry if possible. Style as normal.
Skincare scrub using leftover freshly ground coffee©
1 tablespoon of sea salt
1 tablespoon of warm ground coffee
1 tablespoon of almond oil or coconut oil
½ a lemon
1 tablespoon of warm ground coffee
1 tablespoon of hemp oil
¼ of a cup of apple cider vinegar
3 drops of frankincense oil
1 drop of myrrh
Dr. Fischer Hair and Skincare compared the hair follicles treated with caffeine against those that weren’t and discovered some interesting results. The average growth of the follicles treated with caffeine increased by around 46% compared to the control group. In addition, the life cycle of the hair treated with caffeine was extended by a massive 37%. Where normally hair has a 7 year cycle the caffeine boosted the length of the hairs by up to 40%.
Dr Fischer noted that “hair follicles treated with caffeine showed a highly significant growth rate at 24 hours and still showed further significant growth at eight days."
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