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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Caffeine Raises Homocysteine


I discovered that coffee raises homocysteine.1 This is certainly not good news for those who wish to avoid heart disease and stroke! Because homocysteine contributes to both diseases in significant ways. Caffeine has many effects on the brain; primarily increasing alertness and opposing sleep.2 Caffeine also contributes to the habitual use of coffee and may be habit forming, although not nearly so addictive as cocaine.3

References
  1. "Contribution of caffeine to the homocysteine-raising effect of coffee: a randomized controlled trial in humans." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 76, No. 6, 1244-1248, December 2002. Petra Verhoef, Wilrike J Pasman, Trinette van Vliet, Rob Urgert and Martijn B Katan. http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/76/6/1244 (Accessed Jan. 21, 2009).
  2. " Is Caffeine a Health Hazard?" Ben Best. http://www.benbest.com/health/caffeine.html (Accessed Jan. 21, 2009).
  3. "Actions of Caffeine in the Brain with Special Reference to Factors That Contribute to Its Widespread Use." Vol. 51, Issue 1, 83-133, March 1999. Bertil B. Fredholm1, Karl Bättig, Janet Holmén, Astrid Nehlig and Edwin E. Zvartau. http://pharmrev.aspetjournals.org/cgi/content/full/51/1/83 (An extensive investigation of the effect of caffeine on brain function and chemistry) (Accessed Jan. 21, 2009).

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