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Is Coffee Good for You? | Coronavirus Re-Open Procedure

From eNewsletter June 1, 2020

DID YOU KNOW that you're a trendsetter? According to a study in the April issue of Nutrition, researchers looked at google search trends for dietary supplements from 2004-2019. The most popular search was magnesium by a huge margin. Most of you have knew about magnesium much earlier than 2004! WARNING FOR THOSE TAKING METFORMIN The FDA said last week it had found high levels of a possible cancer-causing impurity in some versions of the diabetes drug metformin. They are reaching out to companies whose drugs had N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) over accepted levels. Check this link at for details. NDMA contamination was responsible for the recent recall of the heartburn drug Zantac.


While many states are well into the re-opening process, other states like Illinois are starting to re-open now. We feel an obligation to make sure you are able to withstand any viral insult as optimally as possible. Here are our suggestions:

  • Continue with extra immune support until summer of 2021. We don't know how virulent SARS-CoV-2 will be this summer and if there will be a second COVID wave during fall and winter. Besides, SARS-CoV-2 is not the only virus we fight. There is influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. If you have not read Prevent and Fight Coronavirus 2.0, please do.

  • When in public, take protective steps that make you feel comfortable, while still abiding by your state mandate. Some of you will do the bare minimum. Others will take extreme measures. Whatever you need to do to feel comfortable when you are out in public is most important. As there is still so much unknown about SARS-CoV-2, there is no right or wrong way. Being mentally comfortable is most important.

  • If you are immunosuppressed, diabetic, hypertensive, obese, have multiple comorbities (high risk conditions), smoke, or are older, take extra precautions when venturing in public. The overwhelming percentage of COVID-related deaths have occurred in these groups. When in doubt, stay at home, aside from getting your outdoor time/exercise of course. 

Viruses reinvent themselves, always trying to stay a step ahead. Human genes are painfully slow to change. To think that there will be a miracle in the near future does not align with human history. Hence, the best way we can fight as a collective society against these ever-changing foes is to focus inward. The healthier we are, the better our ability to minimize the damage caused by viral insults.

We hope that you leading by example will allow those close to you become more accountable for their own wellness.

Finally, thank you for continuing to do your part. The positive actions that thousands of you have taken since this pandemic began is truly stunning. You have helped move the wellness needle further into positive territory.

Do not get complacent and continue to be vigilant!

NUTRITIONAL CONCEPTS RE-OPENING PROCEDURE If you are local and would like to read our re-opening procedure starting today, please go to our Re-Opening Procedure link. PREVENT AND FIGHT CORONAVIRUS 2.0 - SPECIAL ISSUE If you missed our new recommendations about how to prevent and fight the coronavirus, the information is available here.


Please refer to our Re-Opening Procedure.


Now it is of the utmost importance to stick with trusted dietary supplement brands because the FDA and USDA are relaxing their inspection visits, due to putting more resources towards COVID-19. Sticking with the brands who test, test, and retest for safety and quality is crucial at this juncture.


Steve and Bonnie: Drinking between one and two cups of coffee per day could help prevent cognitive disorders including Alzheimer's disease, according to new research fromClinical Nutrition.

On the other hand, an accompanying study from Clinical Nutrition states that consumption of coffee interacts with genetic predisposition in relation to blood pressure. If you have one or two mutations of the CYP1A2 gene, higher coffee consumption (more than 1-2 cups) can lead to high blood pressure. We test for this gene in our Pure Genomics panel.

Women who drink two or three cups of black coffee a day (no cream or sugar) have been found to have lower total body and abdominal fat than those who drink less, according to a new study published in The Journal of Nutrition.

On the other hand, another study from Clinical Nutrition suggests that moderate coffee drinking is mostly safe. But it also showed that habitual coffee consumption increased the risks of three diseases in genetically susceptible individuals: osteoarthritis, arthropathy and obesity, which can cause significant pain and suffering for individuals with these conditions. We screen for the genetic predisposition of these chronic issues.

Notice a pattern? The data shows that coffee is not for everyone. Like everything else, it should be based upon individual needs. In addition, adding cream and/or sweetener to coffee negates the benefits.

If you don't have a genetic issue with coffee and you're drinking it "au naturale," please read further. 

The first study to examine links between coffee brewing methods and risks of heart attacks and death has concluded that filtered brew is safest, as published in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

Unfiltered coffee contains substances which increase blood cholesterol. Using a filter removes these and makes heart attacks and premature death less likely.

In fact, drinking filtered coffee was safer than no coffee at all. Compared to no coffee, filtered brew was linked with a 15% reduced risk of death from any cause during follow up. For death from cardiovascular disease, filtered brew was associated with a 12% decreased risk of death in men and a 20% lowered risk of death in women compared to no coffee. The lowest mortality was among consumers of 1 to 4 cups of filtered coffee per day.

Drinking darker roasts such as French Roast, Espresso, or Cold Brew are preferred to reduce acidity, while providing more antioxidants. 

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