Here’s Your New Excuse to Drink More Coffee

New studies from multiple sources across Europe are proving that coffee is better than we ever could have imagined: not only does the deliciously caffeinated bean improve your heart functioning, it can also be used to help treat diabetes.

June was a momentous month for coffee in 2018 — two scientific teams proved that your caffeine addiction is valid and even beneficial. These two separate studies were conducted by scientists in Germany and Switzerland. German scientists revealed that introducing mice to fairly high doses of caffeine will combat age defects in the heart and enhance the heart’s overall functioning.

Meanwhile, Swiss scientists have modified a diabetic implant that is triggered by caffeine intake. This could potentially stop people with type one diabetes from needing to administer often painful and inconvenient insulin shots.

These recent reports come on the heels of a California study that disproved coffee causes cancer.

The Swiss team claims the diabetic implant will be triggered to release life-saving insulin once coffee or other forms of caffeine are consumed. The lead researcher, Martin Fussenegger, highlights how easy it will be to use this new implant.

“You could completely integrate this into your lifestyle. You have a coffee or tea in the morning, another after lunch and another at dinner, depending on how much drug you need to get your glucose back,” he notes.

The simultaneous German study highlights the important role coffee can play in protecting the heart. By giving mice the equivalent of four to five cups of coffee per day for a human, the scientists were able to enhance the hearts of mice.

The Scientific American reports that it all boils down to what caffeine does to the mitochondrial cells of the heart.

“The study builds on earlier work in which the two scientists showed caffeine ramps up the functional capacity of the cells that line blood vessels. The drug does so by getting into cells and stoking the mitochondria, structures within the cells that burn oxygen as they turn glucose into energy,” the website writes.

The protein, p27, has proven to ramp up the creation of cells in the heart. It also prevented previously damaged cells in the muscles of the heart from dying after being administered.

Unfortunately, it has yet to be seen if a similar experiment will be performed on humans. Regardless, coffee drinkers should still encourage their kids to drink alternatives.

Many private schools in the United States have a 12-1 student-teacher ratio, and some of those youngsters may be coffee drinkers already.

Around 73% of adults and children under the age of 22 partake in a cup of coffee every day. Though that is a wide data margin, the number of teenagers consuming caffeine can have ill health effects, like poor sleeping habits, if they ingest too much.

Dr. Steve Abrams, the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition, claims that caffeine, in general, can be a bad thing for children.

“They should stick with water, milk, and, to a limited degree, juice,” he noted.

For adults, however, incorporating more coffee into our diets has been proven to be a good thing. This just gives you one more reason to serve tea and coffee at your wedding; the 80% that already do might just bump up to 100%. Combining this new habit with other healthy lifestyle choices can put you on the right track to a healthier life.

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