Posts Tagged ‘Caffeine’

Study reveals worst time to consume coffee

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

A new study has revealed that the worst time to consume caffeine in the day is six hours before bedtime as it can have significant, disruptive effects on sleep.

The study led by Christopher Drake, PhD, investigator at the Henry Ford Sleep Disorders and Research Center, showed that about 2-3 cups of coffee taken at bedtime, three and even six hours prior to bedtime significantly disrupts sleep.

Even when caffeine was consumed six hours before going to bed, objectively measured total sleep time was dramatically reduced (more than one hour).

Drake said that drinking a big cup of coffee on the way home from work can lead to negative effects on sleep just as if someone were to consume caffeine closer to bedtime. People tend to be less likely to detect the disruptive effects of caffeine on sleep when taken in the afternoon.

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Drinking caffeinated coffee boosts blood flow

Monday, November 25th, 2013

A new study has revealed that the caffeine in a cup of coffee might perk up your blood vessels, thereby improving your cardiovascular health.

A study of 27 healthy adults showed, for the first time, that drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee significantly improved blood flow in a finger, which is a measure of how well the inner lining of the body’s smaller blood vessels work.

Specifically, participants who drank a cup of caffeinated coffee had a 30 percent increase in blood flow over a 75-minute period compared to those who drank decaffeinated coffee.

“This gives us a clue about how coffee may help improve cardiovascular health,” lead researcher Masato Tsutsui from the pharmacology department at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan.

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Healthy lifestyle tips to promote fertility!

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Today’s life is all about ‘speed’, but couples don’t seem to be conceiving at the same speed – the culprit being stress and anxiety leading to infertility. However, a few lifestyle modifications can increase your chances of getting pregnant. Read on…

These days, couples are seen visiting fertility clinics more often and experts opine that there is a definite link between stress and fertility. While stress and unhealthy lifestyle may lead to low sperm count in men, women experience irregular menstrual cycles and hormonal imbalance, making it difficult to have children. Experts advise that couples who do not conceive even after 12 months of contraceptive-free intercourse, should consult a specialist, especially if the woman is below the age of 34.

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Nature’s own painkillers!

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Stop loading on painkillers and choose from nature’s bounties to fight pain. Read on…

Prolonged use of painkillers and antacids can tamper with your health in more ways than one. Why not instead, choose goodies from nature’s basket, to curb pain, naturally.

Yogurt: Commonly known as dahi or curd

Target: Stomach problems

Yogurt is rich in lactobacilli-the good bacteria that aids digestion, relieves stomach cramps and improves gastrointestinal function. You can choose from a variety of probiotic yogurts available in the market. Even better, blend together a cup of curd with fresh fruits like strawberries or bananas for flavored yogurt.

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Top 10 tips to fight fatigue

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

When your energy levels are low, everything you do becomes a big task. Read on for practical tips to fight fatigue.

If you struggle to make it through the day, avoid a social gathering due to the effort it involves or just feel plain tired day after day; it’s time to step back and rethink what’s bringing you down. Eliminate the things that sap your energy and bring in changes that give your energy levels a boost.

Top 10 tips to fight fatigue

Get some exercise: When you find your energy levels dropping, you could either reach for a chocolate bar or take a ten-minute walk. Opt for the walk, research shows it elevates your mood and energy levels for longer while a sugar boost will increase your energy initially but cause a drop a while later. (more…)

Is coffee drinking related to mortality?

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

As coffee drinking increased, the risk of death decreased.

This is what a large study of nearly half a million older adults followed for about 12 years has found.

Study author Neal Freedman, PhD, MPH, National Cancer Institute, discusses the significance of these findings and the potential links between coffee drinking, caffeine consumption, and various specific causes of disease in an interview in Journal of Caffeine Research, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

Dr. Freedman examines the relationship between coffee drinking and behaviors such as smoking and alcohol abuse, the physiological effects of caffeine on blood pressure and cardiac function, and the importance of differentiating between the effects of coffee and caffeine.

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Caffeine may trigger irregular heartbeat

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Half of people with atrial fibrillation (AF), a condition characterised by irregular heartbeat, say that foods and drinks exacerbate their symptoms, and caffeine is among the most common.

AF is caused by faulty electrical signals in the heart and it raises the risk of stroke five-fold and heart disease three-fold.

It’s therefore crucial that it is properly managed and treated — yet studies show there is an average delay of 2.6 years between symptoms starting and a person being diagnosed.

Diagnosed patients are treated with cardiac ablation — an operation to burn away the nerves causing the faulty signals that trigger irregular beats.

They are also prescribed flecainide, a drug that regulates heart arrhythmias.

As many as 50 per cent of people with AF say caffeine exacerbate their symptoms, but surprisingly, there’s little evidence to back up this perceived link, said Jo Jerrome, deputy chief executive of the Atrial Fibrillation Association.

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Managing premenstrual syndrome with your diet

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Premenstrual syndrome or PMS produces physical and mental changes, which typically begin, from two to seven days before the onset of the menstruation and is usually cleared as soon as the period starts.

It is frustrating not only for the individual and also person around her. Careful attention to diet and exercise can certainly reduce these problems associated with menstruation to some extent. Women over 30 years of age are usually suffered from this pre menstrual syndrome. They feel miserable few days before menstruation.

Symptoms of PMS

They usually get backache, cramps, headache, tenderness of the breast and also feel bloated. They may find their clothes don’t fit them. Irrational behavior ladies suffer during these days like they cry for no reason and becoming very moody not only spoil their day but some time even spoil the family atmosphere. They become irritable, nervous and have poor concentration. Some crave for sweets and some may crave for highly salted which make them retain more water and thus further increase in the weight.

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Coffee lowers risk of common skin cancer

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Drinking more coffee could lower the risk of basal cell carcinoma, the commonest form of skin cancer, according to a new study.

“Our data indicate that the more caffeinated coffee you consume, the lower your risk of developing basal cell carcinoma (BCC),” said Jiali Han, associate professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

“I would not recommend increasing your coffee intake based on these data alone. However, our results add basal cell carcinoma to a list of conditions for which risk is decreased with increasing coffee consumption,” said Han, the journal Cancer Research, reported.

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Health tip of the day

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Too much coffee can make you anxious, restless and irritable. If you notice these symptoms, it could be due to drinking too many cups of coffee. So, cut down on the caffeine.


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