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I’m a full fledged gold card carrying, iPhone app Starbucks junkie. I love coffee. I’ve been enjoying a cup of coffee since I was 16 years old. It has always helped start my day off with a little me time and delightfully awoke my senses with its delicious aroma. Now that I'm older and read more and more studies of the benefits of coffee drinking I'm glad I enjoy my cup of Joe. A study appearing in the American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report below highlights just that.

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American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report – Study Highlights:
• Drinking more than a cup of coffee per day was associated with a significantly lower risk of stroke in a study of Swedish women.
• Low or no coffee consumption was associated with an increased risk of stroke in women.
• Researchers caution that it’s too soon to change your coffee-drinking habits.

DALLAS, March 10, 2011 — drinking more than a cup of coffee a day was associated with a 22 percent to 25 percent lower risk of stroke, compared with those who drank less, in a study reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Low or no coffee consumption was associated with an increased risk of stroke in a study of 34,670 women (ages 49 to 83) followed for an average 10.4 years. It’s too soon to change coffee-drinking habits, but the study should ease the concerns of some women, researchers noted. The women participated in the long-running Swedish Mammography Cohort, an epidemiological study investigating the association between diet, lifestyle and disease development. All the women were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer at baseline in 1997, when they answered the food frequency questionnaire analyzed in the study. Researchers collected data on cases of first stroke that occurred between Jan. 1, 1998 and Dec. 31, 2008, by linking the study group with the Swedish Hospital Discharge Registry that provides almost complete coverage of Swedish hospital discharges. After adjustment for other risk factors, coffee consumption was associated with a statistically significant lower risk of total stroke, cerebral infarction and subarachnoid hemorrhage, Larsson said.

With stroke being the cause of the number one disability in America, this could be a very easy change to lower your risks.

But what if drinking coffee and giving could be tied together?

Listen to and connecting with others has long been proven to lowering your risk of dying from heart disease. Giving, being kind, and listening intently to someone besides your own mind complaining all boosts our cortisol levels.

In an Ohio State University study, married couples were given tiny blisters on two occasions. During the first visit, they talked to each other supportively; during the second, they hashed out relationship conflicts. The blisters took a day longer to heal after the second visit, and two days longer in couples with high levels of anger. Scientists believe the release of endorphins explains the phenomenon.

So is it possible to enjoy a delicious aroma filled cup of coffee and also get the benefits of giving. YES.

Meet Blended Giving – You can do good before you brush your teeth. Blended Giving is the perfect funding solution for coffee lovers, impoverished coffee growers, and worthy causes alike. Drink a cup of Blended Giving coffee, and you’re doing good on many levels. You’re enjoying some of the world’s finest mountain grown certified organic coffee. You're sending a buck a bag back to the disadvantaged communities where your coffee was grown and harvested. And you’re investing as much as twenty percent of your coffee budget in worthy causes such as homeless shelters, animal rescue groups, and free clinics. Blended Giving is one of the best fundraising ideas ever, a force for social justice, and a purveyor of truly excellent organic coffee, all in one.

I would have to say that my main focus with Blended Giving, and for my life in general, is to help as many people as possible do good in this world. I feel that I can only do so much as one person but if I can help others enhance the good that they are doing then I can help multiply the good in the world. Ed Orem - Blended Giving

Blended Giving . . . it’s “Good to Drink” in more ways than one! With that I've got to go grab a cup of Joe.



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