A Health Guide on Coffee Consumption and the Brain

Coffee on a table

Ah, coffee! The quintessential wake me up in the morning, get up and go drink. But is coffee really good for you? Well, for the most part, yes as it has antioxidants that help kill those scary free radicals in your body and consequently, helps to reduce oxidative stress.

But you are saying huh?? What? Don’t worry, we won’t let you hang with these unfamiliar terms without giving an explanation, as well as providing the benefits that can result. We will also discuss what we can do to keep free radicals at bay.

We’d like to note that there may be some negative effects to drinking coffee. If you’d like to know more about coffee’s possible adverse effects, click here.

Let’s Start by Talking About Oxidative Stress – What is It?

Illustration of the antioxidation process
Free radicals, antioxidants, and healthy atoms (Bigstock)

Any substance that loses electrons is referred to as being oxidized and is labeled as a reducing agent. Any substance that gains electrons is the oxidizing agent.

Oxidative stress is the process where cells are oxidized and in the case of the cells in the human body, they will die, specifically, in the brain. So the idea is to minimize these reactions.

The cells in the brain are called neurons. There are billions of them in our brains and they communicate by sending impulses to each other which creates thought and maintains memory. This process is the psychological representation of how we think.

Neurons can get damaged by some nasty fellers called free radicals, which are cells that contain missing electrons. Since free radicals are lacking electrons, they look for neurons that have the electrons they need, and subsequently, they attempt to steal them from healthy cells and then the neurons become defective. This can inhibit the cells from making contact with other neurons, which can result in damaging the cognitive process in the brain.

With that said, it would take billions of these mutations to actually cause a brain malfunction; however, the more that free radicals are free to rob and steal (the more they keep attacking healthy cells), the more hazardous it can become for us.

So, What are the Actual Consequences of Oxidative Stress?

Illustration of neurons and their electrical impluses
Synapse and Neuron cells sending electrical chemical signals.

Loss of memory is one possibility, but the situation can get worse if the free radicals are not contained. Oxidation can also cause fatigue, eyesight issues, headaches, and increased susceptibility to infections by diminishing the immune system. Studies have shown that they may also be responsible for age-related wrinkles and gray hair, so seniors take note! The risk of acquiring diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s Disease is also a possibility.

How Do We Keep Free Radicals at Bay?

Simple. Eat the right foods and drink the right drinks!

Eat and drink foods that contain antioxidants – the entities that fight off the free radicals, so the more antioxidants in our bodies, the stronger our immune systems and the healthier we can be.

Enter Coffee!

Cup of coffeeA study by the Laboratory of Neuroscience in Boston has stated that: “Coffee can have direct effects on the brain and also reduces oxidative stress and inflammation.”

So, coffee is rich in antioxidants. The result is you are actually drinking an antioxidant booster, so one (or more – but in moderation) coffee cups per day may actually keep the doctor away!






Our Bagels
We know you’re thinking about coming to Cino’s Bagels in Oceanside. So come on over!

Not only do we have the freshest bagels in town, but we have the friendliest staff as well!

Pack of bagels on top of each other


Healthy Whole Wheat

Delicious Cinnamon Raisin

Good Old Fashion Sesame Bagels

Egg Bagels
Good for You Egg Bagels

Original NY Bialys

Garlic Bagel
Heart Healthy Garlic

Onion Bagels
Tasty Onion

Egg Everything Bagel
Nothing But the Best Egg Everything

poppy_seed bagels
Great Poppy Seed Bagels

Popular Everything Bagels

Green Bagels

Rainbow Bagels
Rainbow Bagels

A Taste of Bagel History

Assorted BagelsThe first recorded bagel originated in the Jewish communities of 16th century Poland. The name is derived from the Yiddish word beygal in association with the German word beugel, meaning “ring” or “bracelet”.

As the centuries passed, the bagel became popular throughout Europe, and most recently, within the last century, it has become a household word in North America, especially in the big cities. New York is the primary bagel city.

What is the Bagel Made of?

Man rolling doughA better question would be – what is bagel dough? It is formed by mixing salt, water, and yeast to make it rise, called leveling. The bagels you get at a bagel store are not automated. Instead, they are shaped by hand into a ring; hence, the original word beygal (ring). It is then boiled and afterward, baked. The result, a soft, circular, tasty firm of bread.

What Can I Eat with a Bagel?

Bagel SandwichCream cheese is a favorite, but many people add lox (salmon) and while they’re at it, add some tomatoes for a real breakfast treat! There are so many other foods you can have with a bagel.

You can also add eggs, fruits, vegetables, and on and on. Of course, don’t forget the ketchup. Bagel stores can offer you any combination your heart desires as well as ready-made packages too.

What Kind of Bagels are There?

Some people prefer just the plain type, but why settle for plain? Treat yourself to an egg or onion bagel, or maybe an everything bagel? Put some of the addons mentioned above. Have some coffee while you’re at it and don’t forget to get your bagel with a smear!

To order your bagels, check out nybagelandbialy.com.

Cinos Bagels
2941 Long Beach Road,
Oceanside, NY 11572

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Fresh New York Style Bagels in Oceanside!

Staff at Cinos Bagels
We are a family-owned business in Oceanside, Long Island. Our bagels are always fresh, right out of the oven!

All our Bagels and Bialys are made the old-fashioned way— kettle-cooked — then baked to perfection. Our bialys, which are a popular New York bagel alternative, are chewy, SUGAR-FREE yeast rolls that are baked, and instead of a hole in the middle, they have a depression filled with moist onion and poppy seeds.

Additionally, we have fresh decaf that is made with natural water. No chemicals are used to extract the caffeine. And now with fall here, try our fresh pumpkin muffins!

We have a nice assortment of cream cheese for your breakfast. And our bagels and bialys are in packaged 2-3 plastic bags that can be placed in your freezer for prolonged enjoyment!

Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed with the authentic New York taste and freshness.


Check out our blog page for a history of ‘The Bagel’ as well as advice on how to keep healthy! And while you’re at it, why not enjoy our fresh, cold cappuccino?


About Us

Proudly Serving Our Customers for Over 30 Years!

We are a 3rd generation, family-owned and operated business in Oceanside, New York.

We have over 30 years of bagel-making experience and we invite you to come to taste the difference in our freshly made bagels the old-fashioned way, by kettle cooking and baking to perfection.

To enjoy your bagel like a true New Yorker, you must have the freshest of everything and we can ensure that all of our bagel products and spreads are made by hand daily, using only the freshest ingredients available.

Cinos Bagels OwnersCino’s Hot Bagels serves our community and beyond, with the home-baked flavor you would expect from a New York bagel. And don’t forget our freshly made coffee and cappuccino to top off your breakfast!

Oh, and by the way, we serve great-tasting sandwiches too!


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