Shearing Update #2 The Coffee Ingredient That Lessens Inflammation

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… And How To Get More Of It Without Drinking More Coffee

Any excuse to drink coffee is a good excuse, as far as I’m concerned. Experiencing inflammation is unfortunate, but if you are, (and really, who isn’t!?), it is a great reason to drink a very small amount of coffee every day. (I certainly take advantage of it!) While the caffeine in coffee can be overwhelming for your body and taxing to your adrenal glands if consumed in copious amounts, having a small amount of CAFFEIC ACID to start the day may just be your ticket to reducing your inflammation. And if you MUST stay away from caffeine (so sorry!) decaffeinated coffee also has caffeic acid and can do the trick. But, some fruits and vegetables have it too.

Caffeine and caffeic acid are not the same thing. Too much caffeine can overburden your adrenal glands, but caffeic acid has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body by affecting what is known as “the nuclear factor kappa beta NF-kb pathway” for the cytokines that influence all autoimmune issues, but especially (in regards to caffeic acid) ulcerative colitis and asthma. Wikipedia explains: Cytokines are a broad and loose category of small proteins (~5–20 kDa) that are important in cell signaling. Their release has an effect on the behavior of cells around them.




Caffeic  acid is NOT caffeine but is a chemical found in coffee as well as numerous other plants, both fruits and vegetables, herbs, and it is also found in large amounts in bee propolis. Some of the plants that include caffeic acid are coffee, wine (grapes), turmeric, basil, thyme, oregano, sage, cabbage, apples, strawberries, cauliflower, radishes, mushrooms, kale, pears, and olive oil.




Coffee has been associated with lowering risk of death from heart attacks, lowering the risk of heart disease (1), (5), lowering the risk of stroke (2), especially in women (6), coffee drinkers suffer less heart rhythm disturbances (3), and coffee drinkers live longer (4). It has also been proven to remedy ulcerative colitis and IBS,(irritable bowel syndrome), as well as asthma (7) (8). But no one really gets down to or exposes the crux of the issue… Why? Why does coffee do this? No one reveals that the reason  is  because it contains caffeic acid which reduces inflammation. Now that we know that,  we can figure out how to use coffee to our best advantage … and, if we happen to like the taste of it, drink up!




One of the other issues which caffeic acid has been found to be a major player in rectifying (9) is leaky gut syndrome, otherwise known as “intestinal barrier dysfunction”, or IBD. While coffee may not be a suitable remedy for this problem because of its high caffeine content, traditionally another well-known plant high in caffeic acid has been used to remedy and prevent this issue. In the “olden days”, our ancestors of Germanic descent regularly made and served a bit of this with every meal. Especially meals which included meat. Sauerkraut fermented from cabbage was served a tablespoon at a time usually at every meal, but definitely at meals with meat.




Sauerkraut can very easily be made at home, and if you grow your own cabbage, the cost savings is even better. You know how your food was treated. If you grow it organically (I do, mine) you know it doesn’t contain any of the chemicals which cause intestinal barrier dysfunction issues in the first place. Studies show that over time sauerkraut repairs a leaky gut because of the natural probiotics which naturally grow during the fermented sauerkraut making process. Coupled with the caffeic acid which the cabbage contains gives this old-fashioned remedy a needed one-two punch in today’s average dietary lifestyle to reduce inflammation.


But if you are not a gardener you can still take advantage of fermented sauerkraut by buying it at your local health food store, or even online to have it delivered right to your door. If you buy it in the store, you want to be sure to get it from the refrigerated section, and read the ingredients to make sure it is indeed fermented and not just made with vinegar. (Or sugar.) The sauerkraut made with a vinegar is not the same and won’t do the same things for you. Sometimes you can even find fermented sauerkraut in a conventional grocery store, the brand Bubbies. This brand is definitely not organic, and does not taste quite as good as an organic brand, but it will suffice, and deliver the caffeic acid and fermentation your body needs to reduce inflammation and leaky gut. In my opinion it is like taking two steps forward and one step back, because it is not organic and is grown with the chemicals that help destroy the gut instead of just totally rebuilding it. But it is better than not having any at all.


And while you are at it you might as well ensure that you can enjoy your daily cup of Joe organically, eco friendly, and without giving you an excuse to have more caffeine than you really should have, or need. Visit our store, the Mercantile, or see your options below.


See you at the next Shearing Update where we keep Lifting The Wool that’s been pulled over your eyes.

-Elaine xo

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Improve Your Daily Grind …

I found a way to only drink a small amount of coffee every day without cheating and using the excuse, “well I made a pot of coffee and I don’t want to waste it so I might as well drink it all” ….

Click HERE for coffee pods that are organic AND which are compostable !

… use a Keurig coffee maker.  And now with compostable pods,  there is no excuse not to. I was overjoyed when I found those compostable coffee pods and the coffee is  ORGANIC!!


This is the coffee maker I use.  Definitely not a fancy one but simple and gets the job done. These are the pods I use …  my way of disciplining myself to make only a little bit of coffee, and then I so do enjoy it! Knowing that it is healthy for me, and, also healthy  for the environment.


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