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Jenna Smith: Coffee comes with some health benefits

Jenna Smith: Coffee comes with some health benefits.

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Matcha Much?

Making a Matcha or Japanese green tea can be a soothing and calming part of your day. Take the time to prepare a bowl of Matcha in the traditional way, or with a modern twist – with steamed milk – in a latte. You don’t need an espresso steamer, you can simply heat the milk gently then whisk it slightly to froth.

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Sift 2g (1/2 tsp) of pure organic matcha powder through a tea strainer into a glass or mug. Add a little hot (not boiling) water and whisk to dissolve and foam slightly.

Add steamed milk for a warming latte, or ice and cold milk for a cold drink. Makes a 14 to 16 oz serving.

Optional: add a little simple syrup or vanilla syrup if your sweet tooth is acting up.


Coffee and Gout

I love reading the Nutrition Action Newsletter when I am working out at the gym.  It makes time fly on the treadmill. These guys really know how to drive home a point.  There are no ads so you know their bread is not buttered on any side!

Surprising how many (middle aged, middle class) people (men) we know who have been affected by gout.  I was very interested to know that in the current issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter (you have to subscribe to get the full content, they do have a web site with some of the articles available for download at http://www.cspinet.org/nah/canada.htm), new studies were found to indicate that coffee consumption plays a role in reducing the risk of getting gout.

Gout is conveniently understood by the acronym U.D.R.P. or

Uric Acid -> Crystal Deposits -> Immune Reaction -> Gout Pain

Gout is a form of Arthritis.  The key culprit is excess Uric acid levels in the blood.  This disease is far from understood, and is easily and often mis-diagnosed.   The level of uric acid can be affected by diet and activity.  In some people,  dairy products, meat and meat based gravies can cause increased uric acid levels and gout attacks.  Often,  excess sweating and the resulting dehydration are potential causes.  Also, most gout sufferers are carrying excess body mass.

Treatment of gout.  One can test the level of uric acid with use of a test kit.  Diet and hydration are key elements to controlling the build up and crystallization of uric acid, which often occurs in the toes or lower extremity joints such as the ankle.  The handy dandy blog site goutpal.com (not to be confused with groutpal.com) offer some dietary advice, guidance and support at http://www.goutpal.com/diet-for-gout-patients.html.

Recent studies have revealed a statisical correlation between moderate to heavy coffee consumption and reduced uric acid levels. This research may indicate the consumption of coffee can potentially reduce the likelihood of getting gout.

So there we have it, more good news just keeps coming about the health benefits or regular coffee consumption.


Coffee & Health: What’s in the news

Breaking News Just in time for Mother’s Day:  Go ahead and have that two-and-a-halfth cup – you and your Uterus deserve a break today!

NEW YORK, May 3, 2010

Coffee May Lower Uterine Cancer Risk, Study Says

Mayo Clinic Research Finds Drinking More than Two-and-a-Half Cups a Day Appears to Lower Odds Women Will Get the Disease

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/03/earlyshow/health/main6456233.shtml