It has been said that ‘America runs on coffee.’ Coffee beans have become one of the most valuable and highly traded commodities in the world. When we look at how huge of a role coffee plays in our everyday lives, we can begin to understand the importance of understanding how coffee effects your body, brain and overall state of health
- A study by researchers at Duke University Medical Center shows that caffeine taken in the morning has effects on the body that persist until bedtime and amplifies stress consistently throughout the day. These results show for the first time that the effects of caffeine last considerably longer than originally thought, said the scientists, and that caffeine exaggerates stress in people who consume it every day.
- Coffee stirred up a debate shortly after it was discovered. The debate still lingers. An expert opinion on coffee by Dr. Colombo at the University of Marseilles in 1679 said that “the beverage has burnt particles in large numbers, which are so powerful they can destroy all the lymph and dry out the kidneys. The particles can also disrupt water supply of the brain.” According to the French scientist, coffee drinkers will invariably suffer from exhaustion, paralysis, and impotence.”
- According to Roland Griffiths at John Hopkins Institute, one cup of coffee is enough for developingnarcotic dependence. He cites the caffeine “cravings” e.g. headache and muscular ache, fatigue, lack of concentration and nausea caused by caffeine “withdrawal” in half of those who drink coffee regularly. In view of the above, the researcher suggests that coffee addiction be put on the list of psychiatric and drug-abuse diseases.”
- “Greek researchers at Henry Dunant Hospital in Athens believe that one cup of coffee a day can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. According to them, a cup of coffee will lead to a sharp increase of caffeine content in blood; harden the walls of the vessels, and raise blood pressure.”
- “Caffeine molecules are small enough to penetrate the placenta and slip into the baby’s blood circulation. Unlike adults, organs and systems in fetuses are not full-fledged, therefore not capable of fully metabolizing caffeine and excreting it. The energy booster tends to linger in the fetus’s blood ten times longer than in adults. High levels of caffeine are bound to accumulate in the baby’s body with frequent maternal consumption of caffeine. Just like what it does to adults, caffeine could also send the baby’s pulse and breathing rate racing and affect its sleep pattern for an extended duration.
- Caffeine keeps you going by preventing the chemical adenosine from telling the brain it’s time to relax.
- Over 70% of the world’s coffee supply may be contaminated with toxic pesticides and chemicals. It’s estimated that just one cup of coffee contains thousands of chemicals, many of which are gastrointestinal irritants and cancer-causing agents.
- A new study from the University of Barcelona has found that coffee made from capsules contains more furan, a carcinogenic substance, than in drip coffee makers or from other methods.
- According to the Prop 65 (an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals) website, coffee contains acrylamide (a chemical known to cause cancer).
- It appears that drinking coffee may interfere with your body’s ability to keep homocysteine and cholesterol levels in check, most likely by inhibiting the action of the vitamins folate, B12 or B6.
- Replace caffeinated beverages with herbal teas or coffee substitutes such as Teeccino®, Pero®, or Roma® brands.
- If you must drink coffee, use only organic varieties to help reduce the number of pesticides, fertilizers and other contaminants from commercial coffee growing techniques
- Use natural unbleached filters in drip coffee makers to reduce your exposure to bleaching agents.