Why drinking coffee every day is good for your health.
Here at Rae’s Cafe, we can come up with countless reasons to drink coffee —namely because we have endless coffee products that are a great addition to any active lifestyle. But there are reasons beyond mere enjoyment and flavor, as many different studies are constantly showing. Here are five great reasons that adding a cup of coffee to your day is not only a pleasure, it’s good for you!
Coffee is a great source of antioxidants!
According to a 2005 study, Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than from any other dietary source — nothing else even comes close. The study also found that while many fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, the human body seems to most readily absorb those found in coffee. Antioxidants are substances that help prevent the damaging effects of oxidation on cells throughout the body — so they are always a good thing!
One sniff = less stress In addition to helping people to wake up each morning, simply the smell of coffee has been found to make people feel less stressed! Researchers at the Seoul National University examined the brains of rats who were stressed with sleep deprivation, and found that the rats that were exposed to coffee aroma experienced changes in the brain proteins tied to that stress. So next time you’ve had a sleepless night, a cup of coffee is definitely the answer!
Coffee can help protect the liver A 2006 study (which included 125,000 people over 22 years) found that people who drink at least one cup of coffee a day are 20% less likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver (an autoimmune disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption that could lead to liver failure and cancer). Similar studies have also shown that coffee can help prevent people from developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). So whether you are a whiskey connoisseur or a teetotaler, coffee can help protect your liver.
Coffee can help make you happier! A National Institute of Health study revealed that people who drink four or more cups of coffee per day were about 10% less likely to be depressed than those who had never touched the stuff. The study author, Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, stated that the reason coffee makes you feel good is thought to be because of those trusty antioxidants.
Coffee could help protect you from skin cancer.
A study at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School (which followed 112,897 men and women over a 20-year period) found that women who drink three or more cups of coffee a day are much less likely to develop skin cancer than those who don’t.
Ganoderma lucidum is a key ingredient in the Organo’s line of products that compliments the healthy lifestyle that is at the core of Rae’s way of life. At Organo, they use only the finest Ganoderma lucidum, creating a flavorless, invisible powder that adds amazing properties to everything from coffee and tea to personal care products.
Here are some facts about the incredible history of this truly incredible mushroom:
Ganoderma lucidum goes by many names. It is also known as the “Lingzhi” mushroom and the “Reishi” mushroom. The Chinese name, Lingzhi, means “spiritual potency”, while the Japanese name, Reishi, translates as “King of herbs.”The Vietnamese name for the Ganoderma mushroom, “linh chi,”literally means “supernatural mushroom.”
The botanical name, Ganoderma, derives from the Greek words ganos, which means, “shining”, and derma, which means, “skin”. This refers to the shiny exterior of the mushroom’s cap. The word Lucidum is also Latin for “shining.”
Ganoderma lucidum has a long and prestigious history — and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used medicinally.
Shi-Jean Lee —the most renowned doctor of the Ming Dynasty —strongly endorsed the effectiveness of Ganoderma in his renowned book Great Pharmacopoeia(Ban Chao Gang Moo). In it, he wrote, “long-term taking of Ganoderma will build a strong, healthy body and assure a long life.”
The proliferation of Ganoderma lucidum images in art began in 1400 AD, and they are often associated with Taoism. However, the mentions of the mushroom soon extended beyond religion.
The Ganoderma or “Lingzhi” mushroom was often mentioned in ancient Chinese texts such as medicinal and herbology books, and was featured in much artwork, including wood block prints in early mycology (the study of fungi) history books.
The first book wholly devoted to the description of herbs and their medicinal value was Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, written in the Eastern Han dynasty of China (25-220 AD). This book is also known as Classic of the Materia Medicaor Shen-nong’s Herbal Classics. It describes botanical, zoological, and mineral substances, and was composed in the second century under the pseudonym of Shen-nong (“the holy farmer”). The book, which has been continually updated and extended, describes the beneficial effects of several mushrooms with a reference to the medicinal mushroom Gandoerma lucidum. 
Ganoderma lucidum is a potent source of antioxidants. The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicinesays it contains one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants in any food.
Rae’s Cafe is really proud of OG’s Premium Gourmet Royal Brewed coffee product. This smooth, flavorful coffee uses hand-sorted beans grown high in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica — an area that produces some of the most sought-after coffee in the world.
Let’s take a closer look at this region, and see why it is not only a place of beauty, but home to of some of the most prized coffee beans on the planet:
The Blue Mountains of Jamaica are located between Kingston to the south and Port Antonio to the north. Rising to 2,300 meters (7,500 ft), they are some of the highest mountains in the Caribbean.
The climate of the region is cool and misty with high rainfall, and the soil is rich, with excellent drainage. This combination of climate and soil is considered to be the ideal growing conditions for coffee — which is one of the reasons why beans from this region are so highly prized.
Coffee beans grown in this region and at the high mountain altitude (the finest coffee here is cultivated between 2,000 and 5,000 feet above sea level) are also prized for their mild flavor and lack of bitterness, making them incredibly popular.
A whopping 80% of the beans from the Blue Mountains are exported to Japan.
Coffee production in this region is highly regulated by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica, who certify and label all coffee grown in the region to avoid any mislabeling or counterfeit beans that could dilute the incredible reputation of coffee from the region.
Hagley Gapand Mavis Bank are two farming communities located in the Jamaican Blue Mountain region that rely heavily upon the area’s renowned coffee growing industry.
Here at Rae’s Cafe, we’re proud to be able to offer such fine coffee to our customers, as beans from the Blue Mountain region truly are one of the treasures of the earth. Combining this with our prized Ganoderma lucidum makes this product a brew fit for royalty. We hope you enjoy a touch of Jamaica’s finest beans every day, and experience the healthy luxury of Premium Gourmet Royal Brewed coffee.