This may surprise you, but there is an everyday food waste that is consumed by millions around the world that could save your life.
According to a new study from the University of Illinois, this food waste can in fact cure type 2 diabetes and clear out cholesterol plaque.
And we just throw it away.
Before coffee ends up in your hands, the skins and fruit pulp are removed and the seeds (or beans as we call them) are dried and roasted.
The skins are thrown away.
So, what does this have to do with diabetes and high cholesterol?
Inflammation, glucose, and insulin are three great health processes to target.
The more glucose your cells absorb, the less likely you are to develop diabetes, as your glucose then remains low.
The more insulin-sensitive your cells are, the less likely you are to develop diabetes, as the insulin your body secretes is then enough to maintain your glucose at a healthy level.
Inflammation is involved in almost all chronic diseases.
Fat cells prompt your immune system to produce a lot of inflammation. This inflammation is then distributed throughout your body where it damages cells.
It is one of the primary contributors to high cholesterol and the destruction of blood vessels that is caused by it.
To cut a long story short, if fats in your blood stream are damaged (oxidized), your immune system dispatches cells called macrophages to try to remove the fatty substances from your blood vessels. But because macrophages are made for combatting bacteria and viruses not damaged fat, they trap these fats in your blood vessel walls instead of removing them. Inflammation accumulates, which then causes your blood vessels to block and harden.
Researchers took macrophages and fat cells from mice and applied water-based extracts from coffee bean skins to them.
They found that 2 compounds in these skins, called protocatechuic and gallic acid were excellent at reducing fat-induced inflammation. They also made these cells more sensitive to insulin and promoted their ability to absorb glucose.
These are the two factors in curing type 2 diabetes and cholesterol plaque buildup in the heart.
There are currently no supplements using only the coffee skin (apparently the most powerful part of the coffee bean).