The Healing Powers Of Coffee (Printed Copy)


by Cal Orey
ISBN: 9780758273307
Publish Date: 7/31/2012
Format: Trade Paperback
Categories: Alternative, Traditional, Kensington



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“A cup or two of Joe every day is a good way to boost mood, energy and overall health.” --Julian Whitaker, M.D., founder of the Whitaker Wellness Institute

Wake Up To The Amazing Perks Of Coffee!

Java facts you didn’t know...

According to legend, an Ethiopian goat herder was the first to discover the energizing benefits of the coffee bean plant centuries ago.

Drinking freshly ground coffee from whole beans can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer (including breast, prostate and skin), cirrhosis, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease!

Coffee is the number #1 source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet.

Two antioxidants key to coffee's health buzz are chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid; and coffee boasts more antioxidants than cocoa and tea!

Coffee can relieve a host of ailments, including asthma, dental woes, gallstones, headaches, short term memory loss, muscle pain, as well as help you slim down and shape up!

Percolating with information about the world’s favorite “new” health food, as well as interviews with medical doctors, researchers, and coffee roasters, this intriguing book (with a jolt of past and present coffee culture) reveals coffee types and blends, and flavored varieties (both regular and decaf), like chocolate, fruits, nuts, and spices. Discover why this potent elixir has gone from vice to virtue and how to incorporate coffee in Mediterranean-style, healthful recipes like Cappuccino Biscotti, Thai Coffee Spice Chicken Sates, Coffee Cheesecake and Maple Espresso Pudding (plus DIY espresso drinks). Also included are more than 50 home cures that fight seasonal affective disorder to fatigue, plus beauty and anti-aging treatments, and eco-friendly household uses—all made with coffee’s magical beans!

“For heart, mind, and body, Cal Orey shows us why coffee is the most comforting health food on the planet.” --Will Clower, Ph.D., founder and president of Mediterranean Wellness, Inc.

"Can coffee be a fountain of youth? Yes! This book can help you add years to your life." --Karlis Ullis, M.D., Medical Director of Sports Medicine and Anti-Aging Medical Group in Santa Monica, California

“This book is a wake-up call to show coffee, an emerging ancient remedy, is now the ‘newest’ health food.” –Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D.

Foreword

In writing the Foreword to The Healing Powers of Coffee, I am confronted by the delicious ubiquity of this most friendly of drinks. For hundreds of years, coffee has started our day, ended our meals, and served as nucleation for budding conversations in cafés around the globe. And today, its recent retail explosion penetrates our cultural awareness to a degree that we have not seen previously in our lifetimes.

What a perfect time for this book! What a perfect time to take a fresh look at the eye-opening health properties of coffee. There are some myths to overcome, new data to consider, and an even stronger array of reasons to wrap two hands around this beverage and make it part of your daily routine.

COFFEE, THE TIMELESS

Coffee has become that anchor of sanity that brings in the morning for over 150 million Americans every day. And even though it has morphed over time from a “cup of joe” steaming from the curved ceramic mug of the local diner to a specialty drink made from specialty cafes, the essence of coffee’s ritual comfort remains. For our parents and their parents, this delicious drink has been a red thread of cultural continuity across time.

Even today, coffee remains woven so completely into the folds of our everyday experience that it carries the comfortable feeling of your favorite jeans that bring recurrent pleasure with each new wearing. At my own house, for example, we have “couch time” every morning, where our own ritual has me making the coffee at 6:00 A.M. My wife and I share that drink together on the couch for 20 minutes every single morning, before wading into the Class-5 rapids of another day. Like millions of other experiences—all similar but different—our daily coffee couch time conversation becomes a continuity of our enduring relationship with coffee.

COFFEE, OUR RITUAL BEVERAGE

While living in France for two years, doing research on the brain, I went through the wonderful routine of eating lunch every day. There are many misconceptions about the relaxed pace of eating in this part of the world. For example, although it’s true that their lunch period is actually more of a lunch epoch, lingering on until about 2:30 every day, they are not eating the entire time. It actually takes them about 40 minutes or so to finish their meal.

This is where ritual comes in. After every lunch, we would amble off to “finish” the meal with a little espresso. The point wasn’t to bring a lidded, big-gulp bucket of what is essentially a caffeine delivery device back to your desk, but to sit with your friends and talk over this lovely beverage. Within this daily ritual, coffee is a product but, more important, a process of communicating with people.

COFFEE, THE HEALTH DRINK

The Mediterranean people have one of the healthiest diets on earth, and they drink coffee every day. It’s funny, though, because when I suggest to people that we should follow suit and add a cup of coffee to our lives, I’m often met with shrieks of protest or dismay. People with those concerns, however, need to “wake up and smell the coffee,” because the most recent data confirms what you see in healthy cultures around the planet: Our favorite common morning eye-opener is extremely good for you.

I know, I know. Coffee was associated with cancer some 60 years ago, but according to newer massive studies, coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of cancer (colon, breast, and prostate). So, if you’re concerned about the kinds of foods you need to eat in order to prevent the development of those cancers, you may just want to sit down, have a cup of coffee, and mull it over.

While you’re thinking over the internal organs you’re protecting with your java jolt, keep in mind that you’re also doing your brain a favor. Coffee consumption also improves cognitive function, so you think better. And at the risk of sounding like a late-night infomercial (But Wait There’s More!), it is also associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s as well as Alzheimer’s disease. So don’t forget to take your coffee in the morning or you may start forgetting to take your coffee in the morning.

COFFEE, TO LOVE

All those incredible health properties of coffee are available when you have it in control. If you have a couple or three cups per day, you get all that brain boosting and cancer prevention. But coffee is like any other food: If a little is healthy for you, a bucket is awful. In other words, the health or ill health of this drink is about not only the coffee itself but also whether you use it or abuse it.

How much is enough/too much? If you need a rule, try this: Love your coffee. Just remember that love is not the same thing as con- sumption—whether for your food or your drink or anything in your life. The only way to really love your coffee, and get the maximum health benefits from this wonderful drink, is to taste it. Enjoy it. Focus on the flavor, and trade in high-quantity for high-quality consumption. Crazy, right?

It turns out that if you love your coffee in this way, you end up developing a taste for it without needing the sugars or other additives. Even better, when you actually love your coffee and take time with it, you end up controlling consumption through your better behavior. That way, you get to enjoy all the wonderful benefits that Cal Orey’s The Healing Powers of Coffee reveals, every day.

—Will Clower, Ph.D., author of The Fat Fallacy: Applying the French Diet to the American Lifestyle and The French Don’t Diet Plan: 10 Simple Steps to Stay Thin for Life

Preface

One snowy winter morning, I followed my everyday ritual. I entered the kitchen and brewed a cup of steaming hot coffee. While Mr. Coffee did its job, I fed my Brittany duo and let them outdoors. Then, I poured French Vanilla Roast into a 12-ounce white mug and embraced it, bringing the java back to bed with me. My daily coffee fix is like connecting with a forever friend: reliable, exciting, comforting— always there for me.

After a sip or two of java juice, I tuned in to CNN and retrieved my e-mail. On this particular day, I got an idea. (It’s true. Coffee boosts brainpower and the creative process.) I e-mailed my book editor. My words were short and sweet: “Just thinking a tea book to go with the honey book seems like it would work well. What do you think?” His quick response: “Actually, I was thinking of a coffee book since coffee gets a bad rap. Is that a crazy idea?” I typed a one-line answer and clicked send. “Not at all. It was my second choice.” Like one coffee tree seed, this was the beginning of creating a book on coffee.

During the creation of The Healing Powers of Chocolate, I included a chapter titled “A Cuppa Coffee and Chocolat.” So, I wasn’t a stranger to coffee and its virtues, past and present-day. A while later I sent a follow-up e-mail to my editor. Blame it on the coffee and its caffeine, proven to increase alertness.

“Coffee may be hotter than tea and deserves attention,” I noted, and continued on as if I were creating the back cover of a book in progress. “Studies show it can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes; help reduce body fat and unwanted body weight—and increase longevity. Plus, coffee is used in health spa treatments and dozens of home cures and recipes. In moderation, coffee is another superfood and is teamed in cooking/baking with vinegar, olive oil, chocolate, and honey.”

As a West Coast native I felt a connection to the potential book topic. After all, I grew up during the Bohemian Beatnik era, which hit the San Francisco Bay Area, where I lived; and in Seattle, Washington, a place where the coffee giant Starbucks originated, growing into a trend that swept the nation and world. These days, coffee, a new health food, is popular for its multitude of coffee roasts, flavored coffees, organic coffee, specialty coffee drinks—hot and cold—and so much more.

It was no surprise that by mid-March the news arrived. The idea of writing a book about coffee and health had come full circle. While I was enjoying my morning cup of Starbucks’ Sumatra coffee I was notified by my editor, Richard Ember, that The Healing Powers of Coffee was to be my fifth Healing Powers book. I celebrated with a second cup of java juice.

Like vinegar, olive oil, chocolate, and honey, coffee is derived from nature. All five superfoods contain powerful antioxidants and boast versatile uses. The fascinating thing about my journey into the wide world of coffee is that I discovered that coffee is the second most popular commodity in the world.

So like a coffee tree, I began to flourish. The exciting part of my journey is that I discovered that coffee is more than just a beverage to wake up to in the morning. This time around, I’m enjoying a Kona coffee, a slice of gourmet coffee cake, and I just finished a coffee facial.

In The Healing Powers of Coffee I’ll show you how and why this natural beverage from tree to cup will open your eyes to the amazing powers of the coffee tree and its treasures to make your life more complete.

About Cal Orey:

Cal Orey is an author and journalist. She has a master's degree in English from San Francisco State University and for the past decade has written hundreds of articles for a variety of national magazines. She specializes in topics on nutrition, health, beauty and relationships. Her articles have appeared in publications such as Women's World, Woman's Day, Complete Woman, Men's Fitness, Your Health, and Let's Live. She lives in South Lake Tahoe, CA.


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Coffee and Cal Orey - awesome! (Wednesday, April 23, 2014)
Reviewer: Erin Dakins

Cal Orey has done it again! Her research into the health benefits of coffee have truly set my heart free! Now I feel good about drinking coffee - yeah!! Cal certainly made me feel better and I recommend everyone who loves the java check it out and spread the word!

The Healing Powers of Coffee (Tuesday, April 22, 2014)

Cal Orey has gotten it right again with "The Healing Powers of Coffee" - now you can drink your coffee and suffer NO guilt! Cal has a way of digging into the subject matter and discovering the truth and connecting the dots helping us visualize a complete picture!

Erin Dakins aka The Truth Traveler

Everything You Wanted to Know About Coffee & More (Monday, July 23, 2012)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma

I’ll tell you right up front that I have always been a tea drinker—that is, until I read the latest “Healing Powers” volume of Ms. Orey’s. She taught me a wealth of knowledge with her last book, “The Healing Powers of Honey” and “Coffee” has been no different. I’ve always loved the aroma and “romance” of coffee—from the days as a youngster, nose in the air, whiffing the smell of coffee beans grinding in our local A & P, to sneaking sips of my Mom’s iced coffee (back in the 50’s, before it was “cool”). But, did you know the coffee tree was first discovered in Ethiopia? How about that coffee is the most traded product in the world, after petroleum? Can you believe world coffee production is estimated at 100-120 million bags per year? Are you aware of the four color/roast categories? (Answer: Light, Medium, Medium-Dark and Dark) Coffee is the leading source of disease-fighting antioxidants among foods and beverages. The average person receives approximately 1299 Mg. of antioxidants from coffee. Coffee also contains ingredients of which you might not be aware, such as: Riboflavin, Zinc, Potassium, Niacin, Thiamin, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Calcium to name a few. Sounds a bit like a daily multi-vitamin to me! Coffee also contains more fiber than orange juice! So many healthy properties to consider besides getting your heart and brain going in the morning and helping you over the 3 P.M. “slump” at the workplace. The amount of healing properties due to the antioxidants is amazing and may help you lower your blood pressure and cholesterol readings as well as lowering insulin in diabetes and fighting cancer. Coffee may not be for everyone, so please note that Ms. Orey suggests strongly that you consult with your physician if you have any questions concerning your possible health problems and suggests moderation where coffee is concerned. PLEASE , Do Not allow animals to have coffee as it could be as toxic as chocolate. Drinking coffee as with many other beverages, including water, (eight-8 ounce glasses or cups are recommended) help you to eat less, flush toxins from your body as well as assist in weight loss along with reducing fats in your diet. Coffee, with its antibacterial and antioxidant properties can help to soothe or eliminate some maladies, including; allergies, bone loss, colds and coughs, the flu, gout, headaches and hot flashes (coffee may be the new “green tea” for menopause), pink eye, PMS and much more—although I think it will take a lot more than coffee to help my penmanship! The Author has included some scrumptious recipes, many I am planning to try such as: Coffee Pork Chops, Cappuccino Cookies, Mystery Mocha Cake, Profiteroles with Coffee Rum Sauce, Sassy Sodas and Cappuccino Blocks to flavor your coffee. The coffee industry will keep flourishing with more cozy, social coffee shops springing up on the horizon, the continuation to discover interesting flavors and flavor combinations and the ever-increasing ways we can brew this magical, marvelous liquid of myth and legend. So whether you salivate for your favorite mug filled with caffeinated or decaffeinated brew,(instant or perked--love the “blip, blip” of the percolator), can’t get through the day without a frothy Frappacchino, Cappuccino, or a steamy Latte, or perhaps you want to enhance the flavors in your food, don’t feel guilty—you will find out, with reading Ms. Orey’s fascinating book that you’re doing something good for you! I thoroughly enjoyed learning so much about coffee, and, like before with “Honey”, relished the personal stories and reflections the Author tucks into the pages. I’m looking forward to her next “Healing Powers” volume—maybe Maple Syrup this time?? Nancy Narma

Everything You Wanted to Know About Coffee & more (Wednesday, June 6, 2012)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma

I’ll tell you right up front that I have always been a tea drinker—that is, until I read the latest “Healing Powers” volume of Ms. Orey’s. She taught me a wealth of knowledge with her last book, “The Healing Powers of Honey” and “Coffee” has been no different. I’ve always loved the aroma and “romance” of coffee—from the days as a youngster, nose in the air, whiffing the smell of coffee beans grinding in our local A & P, to sneaking sips of my Mom’s iced coffee (back in the 50’s, before it was “cool”). But, did you know the coffee tree was first discovered in Ethiopia? How about that coffee is the most traded product in the world, after petroleum? Can you believe world coffee production is estimated at 100-120 million bags per year? Are you aware of the four color/roast categories? (Answer: Light, Medium, Medium-Dark and Dark) Coffee is the leading source of disease-fighting antioxidants among foods and beverages. The average person receives approximately 1299 Mg. of antioxidants from coffee. Coffee also contains ingredients of which you might not be aware, such as: Riboflavin, Zinc, Potassium, Niacin, Thiamin, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Calcium to name a few. Sounds a bit like a daily multi-vitamin to me! Coffee also contains more fiber than orange juice! So many healthy properties to consider besides getting your heart and brain going in the morning and helping you over the 3 P.M. “slump” at the workplace. The amount of healing properties due to the antioxidants is amazing and may help you lower your blood pressure and cholesterol readings as well as lowering insulin in diabetes and fighting cancer. Coffee may not be for everyone, so please note that Ms. Orey suggests strongly that you consult with your physician if you have any questions concerning your possible health problems and suggests moderation where coffee is concerned. If you are pregnant, Do Not drink coffee, especially in the first four months and PLEASE , Do Not allow animals to have coffee as it could be as toxic as chocolate. Drinking coffee as with many other beverages, including water, (eight-8 ounce glasses or cups are recommended) help you to eat less, flush toxins from your body as well as assist in weight loss along with reducing fats in your diet. Coffee, with its antibacterial and antioxidant properties can help to soothe or eliminate some maladies, including; allergies, bone loss, colds and coughs, the flu, gout, headaches and hot flashes (coffee may be the new “green tea” for menopause), pink eye, PMS and much more—although I think it will take a lot more than coffee to help my penmanship! The Author has included some scrumptious recipes, many I am planning to try such as: Coffee Pork Chops, Cappuccino Cookies, Mystery Mocha Cake, Profiteroles with Coffee Rum Sauce, Sassy Sodas and Cappuccino Blocks to flavor your coffee. The coffee industry will keep flourishing with more cozy, social coffee shops springing up on the horizon, the continuation to discover interesting flavors and flavor combinations and the ever-increasing ways we can brew this magical, marvelous liquid of myth and legend. So whether you salivate for your favorite mug filled with caffeinated or decaffeinated brew,(instant or perked--love the “blip, blip” of the percolator), can’t get through the day without a frothy Frappacchino, Cappuccino, or a steamy Latte, or perhaps you want to enhance the flavors in your food, don’t feel guilty—you will find out, with reading Ms. Orey’s fascinating book that you’re doing something good for you! I thoroughly enjoyed learning so much about coffee, and, like before with “Honey”, relished the personal stories and reflections the Author tucks into the pages. I’m looking forward to her next “Healing Powers” volume—maybe Maple Syrup this time?? Kensington ARC --- Nancy Narma

The Healing Powers of Coffee: Rich and Flavorful (Saturday, June 2, 2012)
Reviewer: Jonathan M. Purver

Like a great cup of coffee, this book is the perfect blend of art and science. Lyrically written, it is just the right mixture of fact, history and useful information about this magical drink. If you enjoy a cup of coffee, this book is a must. And, like coffee itself, The Healing Powers of Coffee is reliable, exciting, comfortable--a friend.


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