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Morning Lineup – February 27

Wednesday Morning – Have A Cuppa'

These past ten years or so have produced a lot of good news for coffee lovers.  After being maligned and accused of things like "it will stunt your growth," or it will shorten your life for some inexplicable reason, scientists have been conducting valid research into this popular beverage that many people include as part of their morning's preparation for the day.  And the firehouse usually has a pot on the warmer at any given time of the day.

Popular Science magazine has just published an article in their online edition that neatly sums up many of the latest conclusions that have been found in research laboratories all around the globe.  The article is titled 7 Reasons Why Coffee Is Good For You and the subhead and lead begin:

Coffee isn’t just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you.

In recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing.

Isn't it nice when something you have instinctively "known" is proven and confirmed?  Now the stats are there to back you up and relieve any doubt or anxiety you may have harbored in the back of your brain.

One of the conclusions tells us that coffee is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants.  Coffee isn’t just black water. Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink, which actually contains a decent amount of vitamins and minerals. It goes on to list them and adds that coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the modern diet.

Another claim from the list of 7 is that coffee can make you smarter.  This has to do with the caffeine in the brewed beverage.  Caffeine potently blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, leading to a net stimulant effect. Controlled trials show that caffeine improves both mood and brain function.  I really don't know what a neurotransmitter or neuronal firing are, but I'll take their word for it.  It's explained in the article and you can read the entire report HERE.  Make sure you have a cuppa' while you read it so that you can better remember the talking points.

Now that the day has been made a little brighter, let's fill our Firegeezer travel mugs and get started on the equipment check.  I'll get some more healthy java brewing and then we'll meet back in the day room.

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