Caffeine in Coffee Cuts Stroke Risk

A new study appearing in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association revealed that women who drank more than one cup of coffee a day had about a 25 percent lower risk of ischemic strokes than women who drank less.   Ischemic strokes are responsible for over 85% of strokes. To conduct this study, in 1997 Swedish […]

How Caffeine in Coffee Protects Against Skin Cancer

It’s been known for a number of years that caffeine can help lower the chance of being struck with UV-associated skin cancer.  Now a team of scientists from Rutgers University and the University of Washington have uncovered one mechanism underlying this protection.  By inhibiting a DNA repair pathway, caffeine causes pre-cancerous cells to die after being damaged […]

Caffeine vs. Coffee in Athletic and Sports Performance

As we have seen, caffeine is found in a wide variety of sources.  Does the form in which caffeine is ingested influence its ergogenic, or energy boosting, effects?  In other words, do the energy boosting effects of caffeine vary, depending on whether the caffeine is delivered in a cup of coffee, a caffeine “alertness aid,” […]

Caffeine and Sports: Improving Athletic Performance

Caffeine has always been recognized as an agent that stimulates the release of energy in the body.  Among the Aztecs, the energy-giving power of cacao was so jealously prized that, apart from the nobility, only soldiers on campaign and the pochta, a hereditary class of merchant-adventurers, were permitted to use it.  (Montezuma I even promulgated […]

Caffeine in Coffee and Tea Fights Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Infections

Nearly 2.5 million people in the United States show signs of harboring MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a potentially deadly bacterium, inside their noses.  New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine supports the conclusion that coffee and tea have antimicrobial properties and that drinking hot coffee or tea can reduce the risk of carrying MRSA […]

Mystery Ingredient in Coffee Adds to Caffeine's Alzheimer’s Disease Protection

It’s been known for several years that caffeine can help stop the development of Alzheimer’s disease and even reverse some of the decrements in mental function caused by the disease.  However, according to a new study of mice published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, coffee may afford additional protection to stopping the progression of […]

Caffeine and an "Attitude of Success"

Many studies have proven that caffeine increases feelings of optimism and self-confidence and dispels boredom and fatigue.  Caffeine also increases mental and physical capacities and allows you to release your hidden potential.  Can there be any doubt that this line up of benefits adds up to creating an “attitude of success” in the caffeine user, […]

Filter Drip Coffee: Paper vs. Metal Filters

One of the best and most popular ways of making coffee is the filter drip method.  Most commonly, the filter used is disposable and is made of paper.  Sometimes, however, reusable metal, often gold-plated, filters are used instead.  Both methods of filtering coffee work to brew good tasting coffee.  However, the use of a metal […]

Caffeinated Soap

We’ve often talked about the benefits of taking caffeine internally, whether in coffee, tea, or caffeinated soft drinks or in pills or capsules.  But caffeine is also said to have a number of beneficial effects when applied topically, in the medium, for example, of creams, lotions, soaps, or shampoos. 

Caffeine Does NOT Dehydrate!

One of the most abiding false charges against caffeine is that using caffeine causes dehydration.  For decades, health “experts,” including many physicians, have been warning athletes and others that they should avoid caffeine if they want to avoid depleting their bodies of water. The truth?  Many peer-reviewed studies have proven that caffeine does not alter […]