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Monday, May 09, 2011

New Clues on Caffeine’s Health Benefits

In the ongoing discussion about coffee and the role it plays in our diet WebMD presents new evidence that suggests coffee's notorious bad-boy element CAFFEINE does good things: specifically destroying the free radicals associated with Alzheirmer's and heart disease. Take a look at the article below. In diet and nutrition I'm not sure any other substance comes close to coffee when weighing the health promoting vs. health risking attributes.

When it comes to coffee and intake related to weight loss surgery my personal belief is a bit glib: to each their own. If caffeinated coffee boosts your energy and alertness without causing anxiety or jitters it is probably okay to include it as a part of your regular diet. However if one cup sends you over the edge causing jittery hyper-active anxiety inducing feelings perhaps it is best left out of your diet. Of course, during the first year following weight loss surgery patients should work closely with their bariatric center following the advice of a nutritionist regarding coffee, caffeine and all dietary intake. Me, I'm good with two cups of fresh brewed coffee each morning. Remember, you are the best judge of your day-to-day health. Stay informed and aware and make the best decisions you can one cup at a time. Time for the first cup of the day!

From WebMD on May 6, 2011
New Clues on Caffeine’s Health Benefits

New Clues on Caffeine’s Health Benefits

Study Suggests Antioxidants in Caffeine Play a Role in Coffee’s Impact on Health
By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
coffee cup among coffee beans
May 6, 2011 -- Caffeine's jolt may do more than just keep you awake. A new study supports the health benefits of coffee by showing how the antioxidants in caffeine fight damage-causing free radicals.

Researchers say their experiments explain the chemistry of how the antioxidants in caffeine seek out and destroy free radicals associated with Alzheimer's and heart disease.
Free radicals are molecules in the body that attack healthy cells and cause damage that can lead to disease. The health benefits of antioxidants are largely due to their effects in protecting against damage from these free radicals.

Recent studies have shown that coffee is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the average person's diet. But little is known about how these antioxidants, including caffeine, work against free radicals.

In the study, published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, researcher Jorge Rafael Leon-Carmona of Universidad Autnoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, in Mexico, evaluated the five different theoretical mechanisms of the chemical reaction between the antioxidants in caffeine and free radicals.

They found that a mechanism called the radical adduct formation (RAF) is the main mechanism involved in caffeine's ability to protect against damage from free radicals, which is consistent with previous studies in animals.

Researchers say the results support the notion that caffeine is a major source of antioxidant activity in coffee.
Article Source: WebMD

 Thoughtful Conversations in the Neighborhood

Link to these conversations in the LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood to learn how others include coffee and protein coffee in their healthy weight loss surgery diet:

Protein Coffee: "I love the idea of protein coffee. When I drink cafe o'lei in the morning, it fills me up pretty well - but there isn't a whole lot of nutrition there. Is there a good protein that has NO SWEETENER in it I could use? I like my coffee very milky - but not at all sweet." -- EveB

Mels Protein Coffee & Hot Chocolate.  From Melsreturn: "Several of you are asking about protein coffee or hot protein drinks. I posted in another thread, but thought this one deserves its very own (and put into the Diet, Nutrition, Supplements category for future reference).  Now for protein coffee... There is a trick to this. But here is my favorite:" Go to Discussion

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