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Coffee and Chocolate Health

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2017 9:24:12 PM / by Winter Ninivaggi


What's better than coffee and chocolate?

Don't get too excited, but coffee might actual help you to live longer! Thank science. I might live forever with all the coffee I drink.

Studies released this week at the European Society of Cardiology Congress stated that drinking four cups of coffee and snacking on dark chocolate made from extra virgin olive oil will cut down heart disease.

"“In the SUN project we found an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of all-cause mortality, particularly in people aged 45 years and above,” said Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, in ESC press materials. “This may be due to a stronger protective association among older participants.”"


The study not only found a lower over-all mortality rate, but also found that coffee improved a person's health. “In those who were at least 45 years old, drinking two additional cups of coffee per day was associated with a 30% lower risk of mortality during follow-up,” the study said. “The association was not significant among younger participants.” "Glad I discovered coffee after 50"- Dr. G.

Along with coffee, dark chocolate cut down on the risk of heart attacks. Dark chocolate made with EVOO was found more beneficial to the heart than when it was made with Italian apples; however, the apples are beneficial to heart health on their own. Lead author of the study Rossella Di Stefano, a cardiologist at the University of Pisa, Italy states "Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols, which are found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. Research has found that the Italian Panaia red apple has very high levels of polyphenols and antioxidants.”

So go for the extra cup of Joe! Coffee even has cancer prevention properties, decreasing the risk of liver cancer and Parkinson's.

Coffee was also found to lower the levels of serum uric acid associated with gout.  This could be beneficial to person's living with Gout. Gout forms when people have high levels of uric acid in the blood. Gout can be a primary disease due to an overproduction or under excretion of uric acid or it can be a secondary condition to another disease. Gout is usually associated with high levels of uric acid, but not all gout attacks are triggered by a specific level of uric acid.  The trigger is when there are acute changes in the level of uric acid. Gout is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular events because of the inflammation associated with it.

You are also protecting yourself against type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, prostate cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. According to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Report about 3-5 cups of coffee per day can be healthy. However, do be mindful of the artificial sweeteners and flavoring. The chemicals take away from the healing properties of coffee.

Try to drink coffee in its natural state of perfection. My coffee order used to be  a "large french vanilla iced coffee extra light extra sweet" and now that I've switched to black I can not even imagine having all of that in my coffee ever again. Now the most excitement my coffee is a some espresso here and there.

If you absolutely cannot have your coffee black try out unsweetened hemp, almond or coconut milk. This will add some non-dairy protein milk without removing coffee's natural healing aspects.

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For those of you who don't drink coffee 

Dr. G. -recommends Xymogen's Mitochondrial Renewal to lengthen your telomeres. Other liver supports are MedCapsDPO, LipoTropiX and Liver Protect. Protect your liver and you will live a longer and healthier life. The liver is our only organ that can regenerate fully.

Dr. G. was recently upstate visiting a Lyme literate center outside of Albany and on the way back stopped in Rhinebeck, NY for a delicious farm to table lunch. For dessert, she visited for organic handmade artisanal beyond fabulous chocolates. She highly recommends the Autumn collection with fabulous flavors like: Double Ginger Snap, Pumpkin Latte, Honey Crisp Apple and Flying Pear William. It's not what you do every once in a while; it's what you do everyday.

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Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet. (n.d.). European Cardiologists Find Drinking More Coffee and Eating Dark Chocolate Are Linked to Longer Lives. Retrieved September, 2017, from

Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, RN, MS, CNS LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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