The Goodness in Coffee

From the desk of Jenny Thompson:

By now you’ve no doubt heard the news that has gladdened the hearts of coffee lovers everywhere.

A new study out of South Korea has found that people who drink three to five cups of Joe a day are least likely to have coronary calcium deposits in their arteries — or what’s more commonly known as “hardening of the arteries.”

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That means that moderate coffee consumption can significantly lower your risk of heart disease.

And this isn’t the first time that coffee has been found to have health benefits.

A couple years ago, the National Institutes of Health concluded a 14-year survey of more than 400,000 AARP members. That study found that drinking from two to six or more cups daily, whether regular or decaf, makes you less likely to die prematurely from all sorts of causes — including diabetes, heart and lung disease, stroke and infection.

Drinking coffee even lessened the risk of fatal accidents (perhaps because coffee makes people more alert).

But there was one small exception to that earlier report.

The study found that male coffee drinkers had a slightly higher chance of dying from cancer. And while the cancer death rate in women did not seem to be affected, more research is planned to see if there’s any link between coffee and various types of cancer.

So might coffee have a dark side?

Well, that could depend on the kind you drink.

There are things in coffee that could conceivably cause cancer: residues of toxic chemicals. In fact, it’s one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world.

And because coffee is imported, there’s no U.S. oversight of the type and amount of pesticides used.

Fortunately, there is a way to eliminate that risk. By switching to an organic brew, you can be assured that the healthy compounds your coffee contains don’t include these poisons.

And you don’t have to be Donald Trump to be able to afford organic coffee, either.

There are numerous brands out there that you can get at a relatively modest price. And you can find organic coffee these days in Walmart and Target, as well as at most supermarkets.

To Your Good Health,

Jenny Thompson