I Love My Morning CoffeePosted: April 16, 2011
I know this is way off topic for this blog. But I have to share it. Coffee is an integral part of my day. The coffee we get here is bought at our local food coop and is either Crop To Cup or Equal Exchange. I make one to two pots a day. And it seems from the following article that I have been abating the aging process and keeping my mental facilities sharp!!
From Dr. Mercola:
Natural sources of caffeine include tea, coffee, and chocolate. These whole caffeinated foods are highly beneficial in Ori’s opinion.
“Every time you get naturally occurring caffeine, such as in cocoa beans, coffee or tea, you get it from a nutritionally dense healthy whole food. And note that when you use the same food in a decaffeinated form such as decaffeinated coffee, or decaffeinated tea, you ingest “nutritionally deficient inferior” foods.
A tea without caffeine is useless. It loses all the antioxidant bioflavonoids in the processing. Same with decaffeinated coffee…it has zero nutritional value.
Research has shown that both whole cocoa beans and coffee have remarkable neuroprotective properties. There is emerging evidence that South American societies who drink freshly ground coffee from whole coffee beans have the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.”
More recent research, which Ori has written about in his upcoming book, 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).
And BDNF activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons!
“BDNF is a major subject of scientific research today,” Ori says. “It’s just going to revolutionize how people conceive the term rejuvenation. The old school is still about slowing the aging process…about reducing collateral damage…
But can we really stop aging?
… The new school argues that the body is much smarter than previously thought…and it has the capacity to literally stop aging. The body has a mechanism that can actually destroy damaged, sick or cancerous cells along with weak or damaged muscle fibers. These are then digested and recycled back into the tissues. BDNF turns on the mechanism that activates stem cells to rebuild the tissue.
This mechanism is real. It’s just that it stays dormant for most people… you need to know how to activate it.
The good news is that coffee activates this rejuvenation mechanism in your brain. If you act correctly, you will keep your brain young by activating neuro-factors that regenerate neurons and recycle your brain tissue.”
You can read the whole article here.