by Sandeep Godiyal
(NaturalNews) According to studies conducted by researcher Dr. Giulio Maria Pasinetti, a resident professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, there are health benefits from drinking decaffeinated coffee.
He particularly conducted research on how decaf coffee can help treat and prevent mental decline.
Substances that make coffee healthy
Coffee beans contain substances that contribute to its taste, color, and aroma, some of which were tested to establish if they indeed have health benefits. Caffeic acid is part of the phenol class of chemicals in coffee. Phenols have been found to have efficient anti-carcinogenic and anti-oxidant properties. Coffee also contains chlorogenic acid which is known to minimize glucose production in the liver, thus preventing the occurrence of hyperglycemic peak after ingestion of foods with high sugar content.
While coffee has been found to have some health benefits like prevention of some forms of cancer and diabetes, the caffeine it contains still poses a risk of triggering heart diseases.
The study reveals that decaf coffee can prevent mental decline as a result of the aging process and some illnesses. Results show that decaf coffee enhances sugar metabolism or the breakdown of sugar into energy. Patients suffering from Type 2 Diabetes suffer from mental decline because of the reduced sugar metabolism in the brain. This is also observed in patients who have Alzheimer’s disease.
The process of decaffeination will leave cafestrol in the coffee beans. This substance enhances the production of bile acids and is known to have potent anti-inflammatory properties that will benefit the brain. However, decaf coffee still has the same anti-oxidant properties of regular coffee.
The health benefits
Decaf coffee reduces the risk of incurring diabetes.
The high anti-oxidant levels of decaf will protect the cells from damage that can lead to diabetes. The decaffeination process will not eliminate chlorogenic acid which is the substance that helps regulate blood glucose levels.
Decaf still contains high levels of anti-oxidants that can prevent conditions associated with the aging process and cancer. Studies show that regular decaf drinkers have reduced risks of incurring colon cancer. For female drinkers, the risks of breast cancer are also reduced.
Decreased risk of heart problems.
Caffeine has been linked to heart conditions like irregular palpitations, heart attacks, and strokes. Since it has been removed, drinkers are less likely to develop any heart conditions.
Prevention of mental decline due to old age and Alzheimer’s disease.
The polyphenols found in coffee beans are not lost during the decaffeination process. These substances are responsible in boosting the brain’s cognitive abilities, thus further improving memory.
These health benefits of decaf coffee cannot be dismissed as mere theories because proofs have been established with the studies that have been conducted. It may not be able to perk anyone up as effectively as regular coffee, but it will ensure good health and long life.
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Seven amazing reasons to eat more figs
by PF Louis
(NaturalNews) At some time in our lives, many of us opted for tasty fig newton cookies as a healthier cookie than all the others. Then came the Fig Newmans sold in health food stores. Yippee, completely healthy treats!
Almost but not quite. They both contain corn syrup and processed flours and sugar. Although many sources claim corn syrup is not as bad as more highly processed high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), there are also claims that the label corn syrup may be currently used to disguise HFCS.
Fig Newmans are better choices. But even better than both choices are figs only, fresh or dried, unless you’re willing and able to make your own fig jam and totally organic, processed sugar free cookie wrap for homemade fig newtons.
Figs have been around for centuries, probably originating in Egypt around 9200 BC.  Adding the 2,000 plus AD years after the BC point places figs into the Paleo diet philosophy of eating only foods that existed before the age of agriculture.
Dried figs or jam mixtures are used commercially because fresh figs don’t hold up well, although they are recommended if you use them quickly. Still popular in the Mediterranean, eating figs has been mostly abandoned in North America, except for those cookie versions of course.
Here is some nutritional information about figs that will surprise you and maybe motivate you to include figs in your diet.
Seven reasons for including figs in your diet
(1) This might be your first surprise: Figs help build stronger bones. They contain the essential bone building trio of magnesium, calcium, and vitamin K2.
Without magnesium, calcium is inert. And without K2, calcium strays away from bone matter and into the blood, possibly calcifying blood vessel inner linings.
(2) Figs are good for heart health. In addition to minimizing calcium deposits in your blood vessels, the magnesium and potassium in figs are essential for maintaining heart health and keeping blood pressure in line.
(3) Figs are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps slow digestion and make you feel fuller. It also helps stabilize and lower bloodsugar levels. It’s good for soothing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Insoluble fiber provides the bulk needed to help cleanse the large intestine and eliminate waste easily, reducing constipation incidences. Both types of fiber combine as useful tools for weight management.
(4) Figs help lower serum triglyceride levels. Triglyceride levels are considered more relevant markers for predicting heart health issues and obesity than cholesterol readings.
(5) Dried figs are at the top of the dried fruit list for phenol antioxidant levels. Fruit antioxidants have demonstrated higher eye health benefits than vegetable antioxidants, including carrots, even offering protection against age related macular degeneration (ARMD), the leading cause of blindness. 
(6) Figs are alkaline producing, helping the body achieve and maintain that optimum 7.0-7.4 pH reading to lead a disease-free healthy life. 
(7) Figs are very high in iron, the mineral that helps create red blood cells and prevent anemia. Pregnant women are encouraged to keep their red blood cell levels high. So shove the pickles and chocolates aside and snack on dried figs if you’re expecting.
A cautionary conclusion
Dried figs are higher in natural sugar content than fresh figs. Fresh figs have lower sugar contents, but they’re not as commonly retailed as dried figs, and they don’t keep nearly as long.
But if you’re concerned about the sugar content and you’re pre-diabetic or worse, consider fig leaves, not for concealing private parts, but for eating. Fig leaves have repeatedly demonstrated anti-diabetic properties.
A study that offered fig leaves for breakfast to diabetics showed they required less insulin injections than usual throughout the rest of the day. 
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