Coffee lovers have a lot to celebrate. Not only can a jolt of Joe provide the pick-me-up you need to start your morning get your engine started, not to mention keeping your energy level up, scientists have found that curative powers brewing in coffee have made the everyday beverage a true “elixir” for life” in a number of mind-boggling ways. This includes enhancing the flow of blood to the brain resulting in sharpening one’s mental alertness and creativity, reducing mental fatigue, as well as boosting self-confidence and a general sense of happiness and well-being.
Yet, despite the fact that the caffeine in coffee can “hype” you up and make your heart beat faster, medical researchers have determined that drinking 3-5 cups a day it can actually lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. At the same time, studies published in 2005 in the Journal of the American Medical Association and a 2014 follow-up study published in Diabetes Care attested to “ an inverse relationship” between coffee consumption (both regular and decaf) and developing Type 2 diabetes.
In the meantime, daily consumption of coffee has been found to act as a safeguard against developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as several types of cancer. This includes colon cancer, now considered to be the 3rd most diagnosed form of the disease in the US.
According to 2014 report by the Colon Cancer Alliance, approximately 50,000 people died from the disease that year. At the same time, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reported that patients with Stage III colon cancer (meaning that it had spread to the lymph nodes, but not metastasized to other parts of the body) who drank 4 plus cups of coffee a day following surgery and chemotherapy had a 42% chance of full recovery without ever having cancer reoccur. Additionally, it was found that 33% of patients were less apt to die from cancer than patients who did not drink coffee at all.
Grounds for concern
My grandmother always believed that coffee grounds packed around roots led the way to bigger and better houseplants. Now engineers at Vanderbilt University have found that a cup full of coffee grounds can act as a virtual GPS system to lead surgeons on a better route during nose and throat surgery.
According to the cap’s co-developer, Robert Webster, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and otolaryngology at Vanderbilt, the process involves packing about 6 cups of the grounds into a silicone headpiece (somewhat similar to a bathing cap), then sucking the air out of it with a vacuum pump to “smash them together, encasing the patient’s skull in a rigid layer of coffee.” A scanner is then used to form a 3-D map of the inside of the head where the surgeon is operating, eliminating the need to drill markers directly into the bone to prevent shifting should the skin on a patient’s foreheads move during the operation
Meanwhile, it should be noted that while the University touted its invention in a news release published in March by the International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, to date, the cap has yet to be tested during actual surgeries In addition, medical experts have also questioned the validity of using coffee as a “surgical product because it biodegrades.” As a result many are seeking more information regarding Vanderbilt’s claims, and whether this will truly be beneficial for doctors and patients in the long run.