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Science: Drinking Coffee Could Help Protect Your DNA From Damage, Therefore Reducing Cancer Risk

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An amazing new scientific study has indicated that dark roast coffee decreases the level of spontaneous DNA strand breaks. Because of this surprising ability of coffee to strengthen DNA, including coffee in the diet implies a potential to reduce cancer risk. This is further great news for coffee drinkers and is the latest in a string of studies demonstrating a myriad of potential health benefits for coffee.

Beyond Caffeine
Despite caffeine being one of the major active components of coffee, it is also rich in other bioactive compounds like vitamin B3, magnesium, potassium, and a variety of phenols – all needed by the body to function normally. [1] Further studies have revealed coffee’s protective effect when it comes to diabetes. [2] The risk for type 2 diabetes was significantly reduced by 7 percent with each cup of coffee. [3] Another study in 2011 revealed that coffee was able to improve the body’s immune response to an allergic reaction by suppressing interleukin-12 (IL-12) and promoting anti-allergic activities. [4]

Coffee and DNA
When DNA is repeatedly exposed to factors like oxidative stress (wherein free radicals circulate in the body, damaging tissue and potentially DNA), it becomes damaged and ceases to function normally. Damaged DNA increases the risk of cancer, characterized by the rapid growth and multiplication of abnormal cells. In a healthy cell, DNA that is damaged is repaired or the cell dies. In a cancerous cell, the damaged DNA is not repaired, instead the cell replicates with the damaged DNA over and over again. [5]

According to the study by Bakuradze, et. al. (2014), coffee was able to improve the health of DNA strands (in white blood cells) in the human body. Reportedly, coffee decreases oxidative damage in white blood cells, part of the immune system responsible for fighting infection. In the study, 84 male respondents were instruction to consume dark roast coffee every day for four weeks. The blend of coffee used in the study contained high levels of caffeoylquinic acid and N-methylpyridinium. Another group was instruction to drink the same amount of water daily. [6]

After four weeks, the control group (water intake) exhibited an increase in DNA strand breakage. On the other hand, DNA breakage in the intervention group (coffee intake) was significantly decreased – by 27 percent to be exact! There were no diet differences between the two groups, nor were there any changes in weight – which meant that the improvement in DNA health could be attributed to the intake of coffee. [6]

Further studies will of course be required in order to verify the findings and further understand their mechanism of action. In the meantime, it seems that a cup of coffee is a most excellent way to start the day. Because of its caffeine content, it is quite adept at boosting energy levels – perfect for people looking for a pick-me-up during breakfast. But note that caffeine is also known to increase blood pressure levels – something that should be avoided if you are at risk for or have been diagnosed with hypertension.

While the general consensus is that more research is needed to overturn the commonly-held misconception that “coffee is unhealthy”, it cannot be denied that coffee can have positive effects on human health. As for the various kinds of sweeteners and milks that you might add to your beverage… well, that’s a different story altogether…


[1] Cano-Marquina, A., Tarin, J. & Cano, A. (2014) The impact of coffee on health. http://www.maturitas.org/article/S0378-5122(13)00047-9/fulltext

[2] van Dam, R.M. & Hu, F.B. (2005). Coffee consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: a systematic review. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15998896?dopt=Abstract

[3] Huxley, R., et al. (2009). Coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea consumption in relation to incident type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review with meta-analysis. target="_blank">http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20008687

[4] Goto, M., Takano-Ishikawa, Y. & Shinmoto, H. (2011). An in vitro effect of coffee on the antigen-specific immune responses of naïve splenocytes. target="_blank">https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/bbb/75/2/75_100535/_pdf

[5] American Cancer Society (2014). What is Cancer? http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/what-is-cancer

[6] Bakuradze, T., et. al. (2014). Consumption of a dark roast coffee decreases the level of spontaneous DNA strand breaks: a randomized controlled trial. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24740588

2 Simple Steps to REMOVE Visceral Belly Fat (the DEADLIEST type)

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Did you know that excess abdominal fat not only looks terrible and kills your confidence, but is also extremely dangerous for your health? This is about way more than appearances: Deep level abdominal fat can also increase your risk of heart disease, inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and even sleep apnea… It’s true, and scary! We found a great report explaining the different types of abdominal fat in full (link follows after our introduction).

It’s important to understand the difference between subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat is the “just below the surface” type that covers your abs from being visible – it lies directly beneath the skin and on top of the abdominal muscles. It’s not so pretty, but it’s not actually the biggest part of the problem.

Visceral fat is the second and more dangerous type of fat that you have in your abdominal area. It lies deeper inside the abdomen; beneath your abs and surrounding your internal organs. Visceral fat also plays a role in creating that “pot bellied” appearance where the abdomen protrudes excessively but at the same time, also feels sort of hard if you push on it.

It’s extremely important for your health to lose this abdominal fat and keep it off for good. Please read the full report carefully to learn the two essential steps you need to take in order to REMOVE that deadly abdominal fat MUCH faster:

2 Simple steps to remove DEADLY abdominal fat permanently

Dentists Reveal Amazing New Tooth Decay Reversal Treatment That Could Put An End To Fillings Forever

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Scientists at the prestigious King’s College, London have developed an amazing pain-free dental treatment that enables teeth to repair themselves completely without “drilling and filling”!

The new procedure, called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation or EAER, utilizes just a small amount of electric current (that can’t be felt by the patient) to accelerate the movement of calcium and phosphate to the tooth to “self-repair” the damage.

The worst part of the problem of dental decay is that cavities are rarely painful until the condition has already become close to unmanageable. Professor Pitts of Reminova (the company established to make the new treatment available to the public) stated that the conventional filling of teeth is not ideal and ultimately fails, requiring a larger area to be drilled and a new filling put in – with this cycle ultimately leading to the demise of the tooth. By using EAER, the body itself is facilitating the repair. It is thought that the procedure will also be able to be used for whitening teeth.

The process appears to be a kind of “electrolysis for teeth” and it’s thought that the procedure could be available within three years.

It’s a further blow to the “old paradigm” idea that tooth decay is “permanent” and that remineralization is not possible; but where it gets even more interesting is when we learn of research that suggests that tooth decay is entirely a modern disease

Full Report: Read The Full Article At HealthInFocus.Net

See also: Is it possible to heal cavities using oil pulling or even with nutrition?