Tazza Di Vita – Is Your Coffee Killing You?

Posted by Steph on Tuesday in Coffee And Health | Short Link

Organic Coffee Health Benefits -
Some of the health risks associated with drinking large amounts of coffee can be attributed to the chemical and pesticide residues as opposed to the coffee beans or the brew itself. Organic coffee reduces these risks because of the lack or reduction in synthetic additives used in organic coffee plantations. Shade grown coffee ensures the preservation of nutrients that naturally occur, by reducing sun exposure that bleaches important compounds in the top soil. The following are the main organic coffee benefits:

High in antioxidants, vitamins and mineral content.
Free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, which means no residues, and reduced risk of chemical ingestion.
Natural energy booster – organically grown coffee contains caffeine in its purest form.
Higher levels of antioxidants as opposed to conventionally grown coffee, translates into better defense against a wide range of diseases, that antioxidants guard against.

Shade Grown Coffee Benefits
The benefits of shade grown organic coffee are manifold. Traditionally, all coffee was shade grown, but newer hybrids of coffee introduced to increase the production, were found to tolerate sunlight better. As requirements increased, farmers cut down their shade giving trees, stripping forest cover to meet demand and depleting natural soil reserves. This in turn, affected the availability of animal habitat, causing severe decline in animal and bird population in addition to already serious environmental issues.

Shade grown coffee benefits the soil by maintaining forest cover, which in turn maintains bird and animal habitat, and reduces soil erosion. In terms of taste, it is by far superior; the beans mature slower, and the concentration of flavors is more intense. Shade grown coffee is most often organically grown, while conventionally grown coffee is sprayed with more chemicals than any other product consumed by humans, save for tobacco.

Strange though it may seem, organic products are more expensive than others, despite the fact that they rely far less on synthetic chemicals. This increased cost is linked with the economies of scale, as well as the time and effort that organic farming involves, as compared to its conventional cousin that receive external and artificial aid. Supporters of organic grown foods and products however, feel that this is a small price to pay for the betterment of the environment. Whichever way you choose to look at organic coffee benefits, impacting the environment, sustaining fair trade, preserving natural habitat, or just a better tasting cup, give it a try. You may find yourself a convert for life.

Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root)
Rhodiola rosea, also known as “golden root”, is a member of the family Crassulaceae, plants indigenous to the polar arctic regions of eastern Siberia, growing at altitudes up to 18,000 feet above sea level. Its yellow flowers smell similar to attar of roses, hence the name “rosea”.

There are more than 20 species of the Rhodiola genus in nature, however only Rhodiola Rosea has been proven to be helpful in reducing stress & depression. Other unique effects are found in weight management and adipose lipase activation.

Only true Rhodiola rosea contains rosavin, rosin, rosarin, salidroside, specific phenylpropanoids and terpenoids. Other Rhodiola’s may only contain salidroside. The most important compounds found in Rhodiola rosea that were scientifically and clinically proven active were; rosavin, rosin, rosarin and salidroside. Of the Rhodiola’s that contain some of the active phyto-nutrients, only Siberian Rhodiola rosea has been thoroughly tested. In fact, up until recently, it was considered a top Soviet military secret.

Rhodiola Rosea has been used for thousands of years to help aid with the following symtoms or conditions and has also been recognized by The Journal of the American Medical Association to play a complimentary role in treating disease. It’s interesting to also note that of all the herbs reviewed by the medical community today, Adaptogens, such as Siberian Rhodiola rosea, are of prime interest.

Weight Management
Physical Performance
A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder)
Heart Disease
Gum Disease
Parkinson’s Disease

Schizandra has been used since the dawn of Chinese civilization as a tonic herb. From the beginning it has been revered, and remains one of the elite herbs of the Chinese system of herbalism. Numerous stories and documents express that taking it often would help a person recover their youthful vigor and prolong their life.

Schizandra was very popular with the emperors of China because it was believed that Schizandra added to sexual stamina, and since Chinese emperors always had many concubines, this was considered a primary asset. Chinese women historically held it in very high favor as well, especially the women of the imperial court, because of its beauty enhancing qualities.

Schizandra develops the primary energies of life and is thus of great use to any one who consumes it. Schizandra generates vitality and radiant beauty when used regularly. It is a safe and powerful tonic herb which is mildly calming and possessing pain-alleviating properties. Schizandra is said to purify the blood, sharpen the mind, improve memory, rejuvenate the Kidney energy (especially the sexual energy and functions in both men and women), and cause the skin to become radiantly beautiful.

The very name of Schizandra in Chinese tells us a great deal about the qualities of this herb. Wu Wei Zi means “Five Taste Fruit.” Due to the fact that Schizandra possesses all five of the classical “tastes” (sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty) and thus possesses the essence of all five of the elemental energies (wood, fire, earth, metal and water), Schizandra is respected as a health-providing tonic in the same class with Ginseng and Ganoderma.

Health Benefits of Schizandra Plant:

It aids in the functions of adaptation during time of stress.
It protects the liver, and help in its regeneration and proper function.
It stimulates the Immune system.
It has a beneficial effect on the lungs. Rejuvenates the Lungs
It helps calm the Nervous System, good in cases of neurosis, depression etc.
Beneficial as sexual stimulant and balances the body’s fluid, thus helping the kidneys.
Broad Spectrum Adaptogenic

Red Reishi (Ganoderma)
The Red Reishi mushroom, also known as Ganoderma Lucidum is a mushroom that is used medicinally in Asia. Red Reishi has been used in China for its health benefits for over 2,000 years. Once reserved for the exclusive use of emperors, royalty and the wealthy, the benefits of the Reishi mushroom are now available to all thanks to the Japanese people’s cultivation of this mushroom in recent years.

Highly ranked in Chinese medicine, the Reishi mushroom is non-toxic and can be taken long term without any side effects. When added to your daily regime, Reishi can help the body regain and maintain a state of health. It also regulates the immune system so that it works efficiently to keep you healthy.

Reishi mushrooms contain amino acids, proteins, polysaccharides and triterpenoids. These active ingredients have benefits for the body including anti-tumor action and helping the body use oxygen more efficiently.

Studies done in Japan, the USA, China and the UK over the past thirty years repeatedly show that taking Reishi has resulted in a reduction in disease, every day ailments and an improvement in the body’s condition. Reishi has benefits for every organ system in the body.

The studies also support the use of Reishi as a general tonic. It normalizes the body’s organs and functions and maintains health. Called an adaptogen, Reishi helps the body adapt to various stresses like sleep deprivation, temperature, toxin exposure, infection, psychological stress and trauma.

Reishi mushroom is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and helps fight off tumors. It helps allergies by lowering histamine reactions. It can lower blood pressure and has antioxidant qualities. Reishi encourages the proliferation of bone marrow cells. It can help lower serum cholesterol levels and is a tonic for the heart and liver. This mushroom reduces the effects of caffeine. It boosts the immune system, and is showing promise for dealing with HIV. It improves the adrenal functions as well. It is used as a sedative for dizziness and insomnia, as well as being a general aid for weakness.

Boosts the natural immune system of the body
Increases your energy level
Decreases your stress
Improves your blood circulation
Anti-oxidant, Detoxifies your Body
Improves your complexion
Supports a healthy metabolic activity of human cells
Regulates internal organ functions
Anti-allergic activity
Bronchitis-preventative effect
Antitumor activity
Antiviral effect
Lowers blood pressure
Enhances bone marrow nucleated cell proliferation
Cardiotonic action
General immunopotentiation
Anti-HIV activity in vitro and in vivo
Improved adrenocortical function

In conclusion, in my opinion, if your going to enjoy a great cup of coffee then you should think about organic. You can also find these incredible herbs to add to your cup to make a great Tazza di Vita (cup of life)


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