Yes, go ahead and grab that cup of joe, or two, or more. Doing so may improve your health and help you live longer, suggests new research.
In an observational study involving close to 20,000 individuals, people who consumed at least four cups of coffee daily had a 64% lower risk of early death compared to those never or rarely consumed coffee.
The reduction in risk was more significant once people reached the age of 45, suggesting that it may be even more beneficial to consume coffee as we get older.
These findings echo the recent results of another large observational study, which found that coffee drinkers appear to live longer, regardless of whether they consume regular or decaf coffee.
Coffee has also been shown to reduce the risk of many diseases, including type 2 diabetes, liver disease, colorectal cancer, Alzheimer’s and skin cancer, too.
“Coffee is loaded with antioxidants,” said Joe DeRupo, a spokesman for the National Coffee Association. “Many are naturally occurring antioxidants found in the coffee bean, while others are created during the roasting process. It’s these compounds that science links with positive effects in reducing the risk of several diseases.”
Some of the compounds commonly found in coffee “have been related to better insulin sensitivity, liver function and reduced chronic inflammation,” said V. Wendy Setiawan, an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and the lead author of one of the recent studies on coffee consumption and longevity.
Cup of caution
While coffee consumption may appear to be healthful for many, others should proceed with caution. Pregnant women, for example, should cautiously limit their intake of caffeinated coffee.
“Current evidence suggests that consuming moderate amounts of caffeine up to 200 mg per day, the amount in a 12-ounce cup of coffee, is not associated with increased risks for miscarriage or preterm birth,” said Dr. Joseph Wax, chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Obstetric Practice. “However, data are contradictory regarding these pregnancy outcomes when women consume more than 200 mg per day of caffeine.” Additionally, “there is insufficient evidence to draw any conclusion regarding the effects of caffeine on fetal growth.”
If you have any heart conditions, you should also limit your coffee and caffeine consumption. “Caffeine is an aggravator and accelerator of one’s heart rate,” said Dr. Vince Bufalino, a spokesman for the American Heart Association and senior vice president and senior medical director of Cardiology-AMG, Advocate Health Care, in Naperville, Illinois. “Those with atrial fibrillation (commonly known as irregular heartbeat) or hypertension should limit their caffeine intake. One to two cups daily is probably fine, but if you are sensitive, you should restrict all caffeine.”
Keep in mind that decaffeinated coffee still contains caffeine. An 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee can contain anywhere from 75 to 165 milligrams of caffeine, whereas decaffeinated coffee contains an average of 2 to 7 milligrams per cup, depending on which study you read.
“Decaf is not ‘no-caf’ — so if you are drinking three cups of decaf per day, then I would restrict that,” Bufalino said of people with heart conditions.
As for coffee’s effects on bone health, caffeine in coffee can lead to calcium loss, but it is probably not worth worrying about. “Caffeine does increase urinary calcium loss, but it is balanced by increased calcium absorption so there seems to be no adverse effects on the calcium economy,” said Connie Weaver, distinguished professor of nutrition science at Purdue University, who recently led a review of the research on calcium and bone health.
Optimizing your daily grind:
Before you take your next sips of coffee, heed these tips:
- Add low-fat milk and skip the cream. Cream contributes about 50 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon. Low-fat milk has fewer calories and will help to offset calcium losses (a tablespoon has only 6 calories, but 19 milligrams of calcium).
2. Avoid sugar in your coffee. A teaspoon of sugar contains 16 calories. It may not sound like much, but if you add two teaspoons to your brew and drink a few cups per day, the calories add up.
3. Choose filtered coffee if you have high cholesterol. Unfiltered coffee, like the kind made from a French press, retains compounds known as cafestol and kahweol, which may contribute to increased cholesterol levels in some people.
4. If you have trouble falling asleep, it’s best to avoid coffee and all sources of caffeine in the evening or close to bedtime.
President Akufo-Addo Inducts 378 New Doctors And Dentist.
The President of Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has inducted 378 newly qualified medical doctors and dentists into the country’s healthcare delivery system.
Speaking at the induction ceremony on Friday, 13th September, 2019, at the Accra International Conference Centre, President Akufo-Addo also revealed that the first batch of 48 ambulances, out of the 300 procured in fulfilment of the 1-Constituency-1-Ambulance pledge, has arrived in the country, with the second batch due in Ghana by the first week of October.
At the ceremony, which was also held to honour Dr. Evans-Anfom, a medical doctor who served as the second Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, President Akufo-Addo noted that the doctor-dentist-population ratio in the country remains very unsatisfactory after 62 years of nationhood.
“We currently do not have the right numbers of doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, with the right mix of skills and expertise, in our regions, districts and deprived communities, especially for the newly created regions and districts,” he said.
The President encouraged the newly inducted practitioners “to follow the exemplary example of Dr. Evans-Anfom, and accept postings to accredited Regional and District hospitals, where your services are needed most, particularly during your second year of housemanship.”
He noted that the country would only keep the doctors it trains when agriculture and industry are thriving, when we have better roads, better communications, better schools, better housing, reliable and cheaper power supply, and better drainage.
“On my part, I am determined to work to help ensure that these improvements we all want in our lives become reality. Until that is done, we have to equip those currently in training and our fresh doctors to do a little more out of the ordinary to bring relief to the present situation,” he assured.
Government, according President Akufo-Addo, is committed to improving access to essential and quality health services through the provision of the necessary health infrastructure, equipment and logistics, including the deployment of appropriate technology as part of the drive to attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
He added that the National Health Insurance Scheme, implemented by the government of President Kufuor, which was left in ruins by successive NDC governments has been revived again by another NPP-led Government.
“We have cleared the GH¢1.2 billion arrears we inherited, and brought the operations of the NHIS back to life. The claims of service providers have been settled as of end January this year. By the end of September, their claims, as of March ending, would have been settled, and, by the end of the year, claims up to August ending, will also have been settled,” the President said.
He reiterated the determination of Government to making the scheme current in its obligations to service providers, and prevent the accrual of arrears, as was, unfortunately, been the case in the not so distant past.
In ensuring that the Ghanaian people receive the high standards of professionalism and conduct from healthcare professionals, President Akufo-Addo revealed that Government, through the Ministry of Health, has established the Quality Management Unit at the Ministry of Health to ensure that Ghanaians receive the best of healthcare services, irrespective of their geographical location.
In addition to launching Ghana’s Antimicrobial Resistance Policy and Action Plan, the President added that Government is engaging the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) to take another look at its codified conditions of service, which are overdue for review.
“Special attention would be paid to the rural incentives package to encourage professionals to accept postings to rural and underserved communities. We will continue to engage with stakeholders on how to care better for our health professionals, and how, collectively, we can make our healthcare system more responsive to the needs of our people,” he assured.
To the newly inducted doctors and dentists, President Akufo-Addo urged them to be guided by Hippocratic Oath, and be active citizens and bring doctors’ perspectives to public issues.
“I look forward to you not being narrow in outlook, but developing and maintaining a healthy interest in music, the arts, literature, the environment, sports, public life, and, yes, I want each one of you to be a renaissance man or woman,” he added.
First Lady, H.E Akufo-Addo Supports Deprived Health Facilities.
First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, through The Rebecca Foundation has again made donations of hospital equipment to some needy health institutions across the country at the premises of the Office of the First Lady in Accra.
In all, fourteen (14) municipal, district assemblies, constituencies and hospitals benefited from the donations. They include Tolon District Assembly, Builsa North, Nanton, Damongo and Techiman. Others are Fanteakwa North, Abura Asebu Kwamankese, Asante Akyim Central Municipal Assembly, Akim Swedru and Obuasi West. The rest are Tano North, Akatsi South, Sekondi and The Holy Family Hospital at Nkawkaw.
Items donated to the beneficiary health institutions include 3D Ultra sound machines, incubators, examination beds beds, divider screens, washing machines, rollators, operating lambs, refrigerators and thermo scientific ovens among others.
Earlier, H.E. Mrs Akufo-Addo through The Rebecca Foundation made similar donations of hospital equipment including ambulances to some selected municipalities and health facilities across the country.
However, making the donations on behalf of the First lady and The Rebecca Foundation, Director of Operations at the Office of The First Lady, Mrs Akosua Newman stated that, Mrs. Akufo-Addo and The Rebecca Foundation is determined to work towards their set objective of contributing to making health care accessible and affordable to the good people of Ghana, wherever they are.
She said while the Foundation recognized the effort government is making to re-equip the country’s health facilities with ultra-modern hospital equipment and ambulances, it is imperative for corporate institutions and benevolent individuals to contribute their quota by identifying such needy health institutions, especially those in remote areas and support them, even before government gets there.
Mrs. Newman gave the assurance of the continuous work by the First Lady and The Rebecca Foundation to identify essential needs of the vulnerable in society and work hard to assist in diverse ways, adding that, It is their sole responsibility to support those who inhabits remote parts of the country and deprived of some health equipment and assistance.
Expressing their deepest appreciation for the continuous kind gestures of the First lady and The Rebecca Foundation, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Sekondi Constituency, Hon. Andrew Egyapa Mercer, on behalf of the beneficiary institutions said they were very happy to be recipients of Mrs Akufo-Addo’s benevolence.
According to Hon. Egyapa Mercer, though they have been hearing and reading in the news of the good works of the Rebecca Foundation in bringing comfort to the people, they least expected to be called so soon to be beneficiaries and so were elated when they received invitations to come over to receive the equipment.
The Sekondi MP assured the Office of The First Lady and The Rebecca Foundation of them putting the equipment to good use for the full benefit of the beneficiary institutions.
Other government officials present to receive donations on behalf of their constituencies were MP for Swedru and Deputy Minister for Agriculture- Hon Kennedy Osei Nyarko, MP for Tano North and Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection-Hon. Freda Prempeh, MP for Fanteakwa North, Hon. Amankwa Asiamah and MP for Nantong-Hon. Mohammed Tufeiru Hardi.
10 Incredible Health Benefits of Moringa Seeds
"Moringa seeds are obtained from the pods of the Moringa plant (Moringa Oleifera) or the drumstick tree, native to Northern India. Fresh and raw moringa seeds are quite tender, but as soon as they get dried, they become hard and start to resemble small beans. They are greyish-white in colour with unique wing-like structures. They can be steamed, boiled or roasted for various purposes," says Dr. Divya Choudhary, Chief Dietitian, Max Super Speciality Hospital. According to Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, "Moringa is a nutrient-dense plant that is rich in vitamins, calcium, iron and essential amino acids. It can benefit the body in a number of ways." Widely known as “drumstick tree” in India, moringa goes by different names in different countries and regions. It is known as ‘Sahijan’ in Hindi, “Munaga’ in Telugu, ‘Murungai’ in Tamil. The Tagalog name in the Philippines is ‘Mulunggay’, which sounds very similar to ‘Moringa’. There are many moringa seeds benefits that you should know.
Here are 10 health benefits of moringa seeds:
- Improves Sleep
"Steep moringa leaves in hot water for 15 minutes and drink it before you go to bed for a good night's rest. It helps you slip into slumber at night, and in turn will leave you energised to tackle the day," says Dr. Choudhary, Max Hospital.
2. High in Fiber
"Moringa seeds are high in fibre, and help in moving food along your digestive system," says Delhi-based Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat.
3. Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
Dr. Ahuja says, "Moringa seeds are a great source of zinc and can regulate blood sugar levels which can help manage or even prevent diabetes."
4. Great Source of Iron
"Did you know that a single serving of moringa has almost three times the amount of iron as spinach? This is especially important for vegetarians/vegans or those who suffer from low iron issues, as the body needs iron to enrich the blood and carry oxygen to our muscles, organs and tissues," adds Dr. Choudhary.
5. Reduces Joint Pain
Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager at Baidyanath says, "Moringa seeds make for a great supplement of calcium and help those suffering from joint pain. They help in reducing inflammation and severe bone disorders like arthritis."
6. Lowers Cholesterol
"Some plants have been known to reverse bad cholesterol and according to research, moringa is among them," says Dr. Divya, Max Super Speciality Hospital.
7. Induces Death of Cancer Cells
Dr. Ahuja says, "Moringa seeds are well known for their anti-carcinogenic effects. They can stop the growth and development of cancer cells by accelerating their death count."
8. Promotes Heart Health
"Scientists have proved that moringa seeds can reduce the amount of oxidised lipids in our body and take care of our cardiac health by safeguarding the heart tissues from constructional damages," says Dr. Choudhary.
9. Powerhouse of Antioxidants
"The oil extracted from moringa seeds contains almost 30 antioxidants. It contains vitamins A, B-complex, C and other free radical busters that save our body from severe oxidative damage. In other words, these antioxidant properties of moringa seeds can take care of our overall health", says Dr. Choudhary.
10. Promotes Healthy Skin
Moringa seeds are packed with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and are thus, very beneficial for skincare. The oil obtained from moringa seeds can be used as a moisturizer or used to treat skin problems like skin rashes and sunburn," says Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Baidyanath.
Feli Nuna to Launch Sanitation Campaign during Volta Tour.
Following the successful release and reception of her first single ‘Azaa’ this year, Feli is set to tour the very region that inspired the song. ‘Azaa', which means ‘Celebration’ in the Ewe dialect was recorded with the very purpose of highlighting the vibrant and colourful culture of the people in the Volta. In a move to cement this intent, starting today Feli will kick off series of activities in a build up to a major festival in 2020.
The song and it’s colorful video is a representation of the vibrant Ewe culture in Ghana, giving Ghanaians a reason to celebrate the unique features of our culture, and others, a reason to come visit the heart of West-Africa region, Ghana. The fast tempo song is produced by Fizzi Marley.
The sanitation campaign tour has the objective of enhancing good public health conditions related to clean drinking water and adequate treatment and disposal of human wastes and sewage. The tour will also aim to protect human health by providing a clean environment that will stop the transmission of disease, especially through the fecal–oral route.
Speaking in an interview with Gerrard-Israel on www.georgebritton.com, the 'Love Me Now' hit-maker revealed that, diarrhea, a main cause of malnutrition and stunted growth in children, can be reduced through sanitation, adding that, there are many other diseases which are easily transmitted in communities that have low levels of sanitation, such as ascariasis (a type of intestinal worm infection or helminthiasis), cholera, hepatitis, polio, schistosomiasis, trachoma, to name just a few.
Feli Nuna revealed that, a range of sanitation technologies and approaches, including community-led total sanitation, container-based sanitation, ecological sanitation, emergency sanitation, environmental sanitation, onsite sanitation and sustainable sanitation has been orderly arranged to educate natives on how to curb the menace.
The Beehyve Entertainment signee however stated that, the overall purposes of sanitation tour are to provide a healthy living environment for everyone, to protect the natural resources, such as surface water, groundwater, soil, and to provide safety, security and dignity for people when they defecate or urinate
The tour which is in partnership with Kaya Tours , will see participants visit parts of the Volta Region and then proceed to Lome. Feli will also take the opportunity to launch her Sanitation Campaign in Senior High School’s across the region. She’ll be pushing the message of the need to recycle , reduce and reuse plastic materials as a way to combat pollution and the effects that come with it.
Felicia Nuna Akosua Tawiah is a Ghanaian rapper, singer, song writer, director and producer, popularly known as Feli Nuna. She signed her first record deal as 'Felly' with Lynx entertainment in 2012 and released her first official single 'Ghana Girl Swag' but took a 2 year hiatus right after the release. She then resurfaced with a new rebrand as Feli Nuna in 2015 under Beehyve Entertainment with 'I like Am' and has been active till present.
Feli ’s next single ‘Azumah’, is scheduled to be released in July this year.