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Who Benefits From Coffee | Headache Buster

From eNewsletter 3/29/2021

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Who WILL NOT Benefit From Coffee? Those with...

  • Anxiety

  • Genetic mutation(s) for metabolizing caffeine poorly

  • GERD (gastrointestinal reflux) or overt acidity

  • Salicylate intolerance

  • Stimulant medication users

Your best coffee alternatives are Yerba Mate tea or Calli tea.

You also WILL NOT benefit from coffee if it is accompanied by sweeteners, sweetened milks, and/or cow's milk. All of these negate coffee's benefits.

If you use natural non-caloric sweeteners, unsweetened non-dairy milks, or drink your coffee black, read on :)

What Does Coffee Say About Your Personality?

This fun study was recently done with 2,000 coffee-drinking Americans, comparing the lifestyles of hot coffee drinkers and cold coffee drinkers. Researchers found that, on average, those who prefer cold brew and iced coffees are more likely to prefer sunny weather (40%), binge-watch science-fiction shows (37%), and are more likely to be part of Generation Z (40%). Hot coffee drinkers are more likely to be extroverts (40%), prefer overcast weather (36%), enjoy comedy shows (33%), listen to artists like Taylor Swift (24%), and be a baby boomer.

The most disappointing part of this study found that eight in 10 cold coffee drinkers prefer sweeter, fancier drinks featuring flavored syrups. Two-thirds (67%) of hot coffee drinkers prefer a simple cup with cream, sugar, or both. That's way too many Americans drinking coffee like a dessert.

Optimal Range for Daily Coffee Servings

Like calcium, there is an optimal range to reap the benefits. Too little or too much can create adverse events. The same is true for coffee.

For long-term, heavy coffee consumption, six or more cups a day heighten your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Numerous studies have alluded to this, the latest from Clinical Nutrition. While it does not seem too much to ask, for some, keeping that number of cups below six is not easy.

However, a new study in Circulation: Heart Failure found 1-3 cups of caffeinated coffee reduced risk of heart failure and stroke. While not drinking coffee at all was found to increase health deterioration in older individuals, according to a new study in The Journal of Nutrition,

The sweet spot is between 1-5 cups per day.


A new study in Neurology has added support to the idea that coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk of developing Parkinson's disease and suggests that caffeine may be a particularly beneficial for individuals with the LRRK2 genetic mutation linked to the condition.

Type 2 Diabetes

According to a study in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, drinking two or more cups of coffee (stopping a six cups) was linked to a 63% lower risk of dying from any cause.


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