myFM: Coffee

by Lianne Phillipson May 12, 2021

myFM: Coffee

Jamie’s coffee maker broke and boy did he feel it! 

There is so much to coffee. And let’s first clarify that the health benefits come from black coffee - not your mocha, frapp, whip or whatever else. 

Caffeine is the number one drug in the world. It is a stimulant and can enhance athletic performance. In the biohacking circles, it is neurotrophic andenhances neurocognition, memory retrieval and perceived energy. It does not create energy.It helps your liver use sugar more effectively in the short term, but can lead to hypoglycemia if you’re not careful. That's why it’s good to have food around your caffeine. 

It alsocauses blood vessels to narrow, so reducing or stopping intake allows blood vessels to open up and increases blood flow to the brain. That’s what can cause painfulwithdrawal headaches that can vary in length and severity as the brain adapts to the increase in blood. 

As a medicinal food - the whole coffee extract has over 600 compounds in it, like polyphenols. Like other superfoods, it can be anti-aging. Caffeine is only one compound of it, and coffee can give a buzz even with decaf. 

How much: 8 oz of drip brew is one dose at about 200 mg. A decaf has about 5 mg. An eight ounce brew is the same as 2 ½ shots of espresso. 

Fun fact from Dr. Brockenshire: There is a direct relationship with gluten sensitivity and coffee because drip brew coffee can mimic the gluten protein. Espresso ground, from an espresso or an Americano (which is espresso and water) has no gluten sensitive compounds. 

There is so much more to this in episode 53 of EAT THIS with Lianne, all about coffee.

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