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People who drink four to six cups of coffee a day may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis, according to an international research published on February 26th. "Caffeine intake was associated with reduced risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases," said study author Ellen Mowry, of Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States. "Our study shows that coffee intake may also protect against multiple sclerosis, reinforcing the idea that the substance may have protective effects on the brain," he added.

It may seem an exaggerated amount, but five cups of coffee a day can prevent a number of diseases, according to a health report by the US government.
Experts who make up the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee a group that helps the US to formulate dietary guidelines, from school meals to packaging labels, indicate that consumption may decrease the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson's disease and liver cancer.

The ICO publishes in a monthly basis, the Report on Coffee Market. In the January 2015 edition, highlights, with regard to Brazil, the time observed was the main driving force in coffee prices, which first rose, then fell again. The drought in Brazil in early January pushed up prices. The forecast of rain for the end of January, however, interrupted this brief recovery. However, the rainfall levels in Brazil are still below average, compromising the crop of 2015/16, the report shows.

Coffee production in Colombia in 2015 should be between 12.5 million and 13 million bags of 60 kilos, an increase over the previous year, with favourable weather, the incorporation of new coffee plantations to the industrial park and increased productivity said the manager of the National Coffee Growers Federation on Thursday.

Researchers from Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) and UNB (University of Brasilia) have identified novel peptides in coffee.
These protein fragments have an effect similar to morphine, i.e., analgesic and anxiolytic action, with a positive difference: the duration of these effects was significantly higher.
The identification of the peptides came when the researchers Vinecky Felipe and Carlos Bloch were looking for coffee genes associated with the improvement of product quality.

The consumption of up to four cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of diabetes type 2 by 25%, according to a study by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) in Switzerland, published last Thursday.
Research indicates that the risk of suffering from diabetes type 2 drops 25% when there is an intake of up to four cups of coffee per day, with the danger of developing the disease can decrease from 7% to 8% with each additional cup.


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