January 20, 2012

Coffee may prevent the development of Type 2 Diabetes


I love scientific news glorifying  coffee for the health benefits it can offer. To my glee – coffee may prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.

Coffee gives us the get up and go many of us need to start our day. This is a look at the start of life for islets — the cells that produce insulin and normalize glucose in the body. Researchers found three major compounds in coffee that may provide potentially beneficial effects in the development of islets. The defensive line involves: caffeine, caffeic acid (CA), and chlorogenic acid (CGA).

In this study, the effects of major coffee components showed inhibitory effects on the buildup of hIAPP. Human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) is thought to be important in the development of type 2 diabetes because it can cause the malformation of islets.

The abstract of the study says ”CA and CGA significantly suppressed the formation of hIAPP oligomers, whereas caffeine showed no significant effect on oligomerization. Cell protection effects were also observed for all three compounds, with the protection efficiency being greatest for CA and least for CGA.”

Whether you patronize your favorites coffee house or you are a home brew fan  – this research continues celebrating the benefits of the bean!

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