Coffee beans (the seed) and berries (the outer fruit) have been ingested for centuries; but many new uses for coffee products are emerging. The fruit of the plant contains certain antioxident properties, the most potent found yet in nature. Products are showing up in the cosmetic industry with the promise of destroying free-radicals caused by ultraviolet light and pollution. There's even discussion about it's anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically.
Traditionally coffee is consumed, however, and there is increasing data as to it's benefits. Recent studies indicate that 3 cups of coffee a day has significant effects on cognitive function and memory for both men and women. Participants showed a 30% less cognitive decline after the age of 65, and reduced levels of proteins in the brain linked to Alzheimers Disease.
Some people who consume large amounts or have a sensitivity to coffee can experience side effects such as anxiety, sleep disorders, digestive problems or trembling. For these people, we recommend cutting back on consumption, switching to Swiss water decaf, or discontinuing use altogether. Always consult with your physician regarding health issues, or questions you may have.
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