Decaffeinated coffee has been around for decades, but now you’ll see it right at the top of the drinks list at pretty much any coffee shop you care to visit. So are there real health benefits to drinking decaf? Studies conducted by Dr. Giulio Maria Pasinetti, professor of neurology and psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City concentrated on how decaf coffee could potentially be used to treat or even prevent mental decline.
• Decreased risk of heart problems – As mentioned, caffeine has been linked to number of heart conditions including irregular palpitations, heart attacks and strokes. The removal of the caffeine (without reducing the levels of antioxidants) can help reduce the risk of developing a wide variety of heart conditions.
• Prevention of mental decline due to age and Alzheimer’s – The polyphenols found in coffee beans are still present after the decaffeination process, these being the substances responsible for increasing cognitive abilities with the brain, thus further improving memory.
• Decaf coffee can reduce the risk of developing diabetes – The anti-oxidant properties of decaf coffee can protect the cells from damage that can lead to diabetes. The decaf process doesn’t remove the chlorogenic acid content which is responsible for regulating blood glucose levels.
• Cancer prevention – Decaffeinated coffee still contains high levels of the anti-oxidants that can prevent conditions associated with both the aging process and a number of cancers. A number of studies agree that regular drinkers of decaf display a reduced risk of developing colon cancer. For women, there is also a corresponding reduction in the risk of breast cancer.
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