For years, car manufacturers fought regulations that would require them to include airbags in their cars. “Too expensive” was one of their reasons. It wasn’t until 1968 (wiki) until cars had to be equipped with seatbelts. Even then, they were initially only lap belts. Of course, those were the days when car-makers were selling cars that were so low to the ground, they were basically lawn mowers with seats. Not a lot of safety consideration.
Now there is a lot of thought and testing that is going into making a safe football helmet. I suppose the NFL won’t get too serious unless they think that their product is threatened by either less TV viewers, or less parents who are willing to allow their kids to play in youth leagues. Remove the interest; impact the dollars; and the NFL will certainly make safety more than a talking point.
For now, I can’t do much to impact those two things but I can give you something to think about… as it effects “your thinker”. Today.com provides benefits and statistics on daily coffee drinking. Of course, because I am such a coffee fan, I decided that this article needed to go right into the blog. Some of this is even cut and paste.
The latest news about coffee is that it may lower the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Researchers presented data at a Neurology seminar that suggests that coffee consumpion may help because of how its properties impact inflamation.
Researchers enlisted 1,629 Swedish patients with MS and compared them to 2,807 individuals without it. In addition, the researchers compared 584 California patients to an additional 581 healthy participants of the study.
Their findings: In the Swedish group, consuming at least 6 cups of coffee a day lowered the risk of MS by 33 percent. The American group showed researchers a suggested finding that consuming four or more cups of coffee a day also lowered the risk by 33 percent.
That’s one of those studies that makes you go Hmmm. Also, researchers at Pittsburgh Medical Center have released some additional findings on coffee. This medical facility has also been in the forefront of brain injury research that includes concussion studies.
According to Leslie Bonci, their Director of Sports Nutrition, coffee appears to help prevent Parkinson’s disease and help control the tremors in patients who have already been diagnosed with it.
So, with that in mind, the article referenced above also provides the following health benefits from drinking coffee:
1. It protects the liver from a disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis, as well as possibly counteracting the harmful effects of drinking alcohol, according to a 2014 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
A separate 2014 study from researchers at the National Cancer Institute found people who reported drinking three cups of coffee a day were less likely to have abnormal enzymes in the liver, indicating improved liver function. The researchers tracked 27,793 men and women, age 20 or older.
“That doesn’t mean you should drink a lot of alcohol and then have coffee to protect your liver,” Bonci says.
2. It increases the amount of sex hormone binding globulin, which in turn lowers the risk of diabetes. There are scores of studies on coffee and diabetes and the results are consistent: Coffee drinkers have lower diabetes risk. “And this isn’t a caffeine effect,” Bonci says. “But rather an effect of the antioxidants and polyphenols, which are plant nutrients, some of which are unique to coffee.”
3. Moderate consumption may lower the risk of heart failure, according to a review of five studies. The key is moderate: about two cups a day.
4. It possibly protects against certain kinds of cancer. “There have been studies looking at coffee lowering the risk of various cancers,” Bonci says. “That’s hard to tease out. But there does seem to be evidence that people who drink coffee have a lower risk of liver and prostate cancer.”
5. It helps athletic performance. Caffeine boosts endurance so you can exercise harder and longer, studies show. To get a rough idea of an effective “dose” for you, take your weight in pounds, divide it in half and multiply by three, says TODAY nutrition and health editor Madelyn Fernstrom. If you weigh 200 pounds, that would be 100 x 3 = 300 mg, about the amount in a large coffee.
Perhaps too much of a good thing is too much. For now, I’m glad that my morning coffee appears to be beneficial.
And for pic o’ day, this one made me stop and think…and agree:
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