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Like Coffee? You May Be Genetically Wired That Way

Posted 21 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – Coffee's bitter taste shouldn't be a selling point. But a genetic variant explains why so many people love the brew, a new study suggests. Bitterness evolved as a natural warning system to protect people from harmful substances. That means they should want to spit out coffee, the researchers said. But their study of more than 400,000 people in the United Kingdom found ...

A Single Energy Drink Might Harm Blood Vessels: Study

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – Caffeine-laden energy drinks are popular, but they might make your blood vessels less efficient, a small study suggests. These drinks – sold as Monster and Red Bull, to name two – have been linked to heart, nerve and stomach problems, researchers say. "A lot of young kids use energy drinks when they exercise, a time when you need your arterial function to be at its top," ...

Health Tip: When Kids Drink Coffee

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Caffeine is a stimulant that is found naturally in some foods and is added to others. It can trigger a fast heartbeat, headache, digestive problems, high blood pressure, moodiness and insomnia, the National Safety Council says. Children may wind up feeling more of caffeine's effects than adults, since presumably kids don't consume as much and their bodies haven't built up as much of a ...

Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might Help

Posted 18 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 – Contrary to popular belief, new research suggests that drinking coffee might be a good prescription for avoiding the unsightly skin condition known as rosacea. The finding is based on an analysis of rosacea risk and dietary habits among nearly 83,000 women who were enrolled in a national nurses' study between 1991 and 2005. And it appears to challenge longstanding ...

AHA: Is Coffee Good for You?

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (American Heart Association) – At just a couple of calories a cup, good old black coffee packs quite a punch. It wakes you up, boosts your metabolic rate and decreases the risk of some diseases. Not that habitual coffee drinkers need convincing, but evidence of its health benefits stacks up quickly: It gives you energy and may help you lose weight and sharpen your mental ...

Coffee May Have Another Perk for Kidney Patients

Posted 14 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 – Could that morning cup of joe bring a health boost to people battling kidney disease? According to new research involving nearly 5,000 people with chronic kidney disease, a hike in daily caffeine intake appeared to lower their odds of an early death. The benefit remained "even after considering other important factors such as age, gender, race, smoking, other diseases ...

Caffeine Not a Dieter's Friend

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – If you're trying to control your weight, don't look to caffeine for help. Caffeine is not an effective appetite suppressant or weight-loss aid, researchers report in a small, new study. The study involved 50 healthy adults, aged 18 to 50. The researchers found that after the volunteers drank some juice with a small amount of caffeine added (equivalent to caffeine in ...

Health Tip: Understanding Caffeine

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Many people won't start the day without a cup of coffee. Caffeine, the stimulant found in coffee, isn't harmful for most people who drink 400 milligrams (mg) or less each day, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. The average 8 oz. cup of coffee contains 95 to 200 mg of caffeine, while a 12-ounce energy drink contains 70 to 100 mg. If you're pregnant, breast-feeding or have conditions ...

Can Coffee Extend Your Life?

Posted 2 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – Having a morning cup of java – and another and another – might prolong your life, a new study suggests. In fact, drinking lots of coffee was associated with a lower risk of early death, including among people who downed eight or more cups per day. And it's not the caffeine. To reap the benefit, it doesn't matter if your coffee is decaf or instant or caffeinated, the ...

Coffee May Do Your Liver Good

Posted 11 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 – More good news for coffee lovers: Having three or more cups of "joe" each day may help ward off serious liver ailments, new research suggests. The 26-year study of more than 14,000 Americans couldn't prove cause and effect. However, participants who drank three-plus cups of coffee a day were 21 percent less likely to find themselves hospitalized with liver-related ...

Health Tip: Avoid Concentrated Caffeine

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns against taking pure or highly concentrated caffeine products, citing at least two overdose deaths among otherwise healthy people. Given possible difficulty in measuring the products in a safe dose, and the products' resemblence to other beverages, it's relatively easy to overdose, the agency says. One teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine may contain as ...

AHA: What Does the Research Say About Coffee and Your Health?

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Coffee. Cup of joe. Java. No matter what you call it, millions of people worldwide wake up and fuel their day with it. And though consumers might be jittery about the recent court battle in California over cancer warnings, experts say most of the science actually indicates coffee could have health benefits. "The overall picture is quite ...

Could Caffeine During Pregnancy Spur Weight Gain in Kids?

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – There's new evidence that even moderate amounts of caffeine consumed by a mom-to-be might affect her child's weight years later. The overall effect was small – an average of an extra pound by age 8. But children of women who consumed the most caffeine during pregnancy were 66 percent more likely to be slightly overweight, researchers found. "The results support the ...

Coffee Safe for Many With Abnormal Heart Rhythms: Review

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Caffeine can send the heart racing, but for some people coffee may help prevent abnormal heartbeats, Australian researchers report. Many doctors advise patients with abnormal heart rhythms ("arrhythmias") to avoid caffeine. But, for most heart patients, coffee and tea are safe and may sometimes reduce the frequency of arrhythmias, the researchers said. "Although coffee ...

FDA Cracks Down on Caffeine-Loaded Supplements

Posted 13 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it has issued tough new restrictions on the sale of dietary supplements that contain dangerously high amounts of caffeine. Supplements that contain pure or highly concentrated caffeine in powder or liquid forms are no longer permitted to be sold in bulk quantities directly to consumers, the agency said. The new ...

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