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Friday, January 16, 2009

The Smell of Coffee

There is intriguing research from Japanese scientists suggesting that the mere smell of coffee may act as a stress reducer and stimulant. The aroma had antioxidant and stress reduction action. This effect was mediated by mRNA. Tests were performed on rats, but anecdotal evidence suggests that humans may feel a similar effect.

  1. 2008. Effects of Coffee Bean Aroma on the Rat Brain Stressed by Sleep Deprivation: A Selected Transcript- and 2D Gel-Based Proteome Analysis. Han-Seok Seo, Misato Hirano, Junko Shibato, Randeep Rakwal, In Kyeong Hwang and Yoshinori Masuo. J. Agric. Food Chem., (June 3) 56 (12), pp 4665–4673. DOI: 10.1021/jf8001137. Also available online at (Accessed Jan 17, 2009.)

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