Cerebrovascular Effect of Coffee

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If you’re like me you rely on the nice jolt of caffeine from your coffee in the morning, and maybe even  more coffee depending upon your needs.  I was thrilled when the antioxidant benefits of coffee hit the news years back.  As a holistic health practitioner, yoga instructor, and private duty Case Manager for the ill and elderly, I live to research the chemistry’s of food and herbs and how we can heal our bodies naturally.  I know the feeling I get with coffee isn’t always a good one, and there is certainly a reason behind it.  

As any good researcher does I  went to the source.  Upon researching the vasculature effects of caffeine I came across a truly enlightening article published online at NCBI (a website that gathers medical research).  The research article titled “The Effect of Daily Caffeine Use on Cerebral Blood Flow: How Much Caffeine Can We Tolerate?”  by Merideth A. Addicott et al. 2009, shed some light on my worries about too much caffeine.  Researchers studied the effects of mild to moderate caffeine use, and compared the effects caffeine had on the arteries that provide blood flow to the brain to a placebo group that received no caffeine. The results showed high amounts of caffeine (up to 950 mg a day) caused vasoconstriction effects on the arteries that provide blood flow to the brain, but low to moderate chronic users (45-450mg) develop a tolerance to vasoconstriction effects of caffeine .  The researcher suggested in their abstract the following “Our results suggest a limited ability of the cerebrovascular adenosine system to compensate for high amounts of daily caffeine use.”

Obviously any constriction of the arteries can’t be good!   As so many nutritionist have said in the past, coffee gives you a crash and can even cause anxiety! So not everything about caffeine in our coffee can be good and that is obvious.  As with all things a balance is key.  As the evidence suggests low to moderate use of caffeine (45-450 mg of caffeine) on a regular basis is tolerated by the cerebrovascular system much better than the higher doses.  So for those of us that love our caffeine what can we do?  Here are a few tips:   

1. Try my organic CBD infused coffee for a more balanced effect. 

2.  Slowly sip your coffee throughout the  day to give you a more balanced effect without the crash.

3.  There are even half and half options of coffee now with lower caffeine contents.

 4.  Most tea is a better option, as it has less caffeine and can energizes you without the extreme high or extreme low.  Yerba Matte and Green Tea are two of my top suggestions due to their higher antioxidant properties.  If you are really trying to kick coffee start with a half cup of coffee instead of a full cup and drink a half cup of tea.  Slowly decrease the amount of coffee, and increase your tea consumption for a week. This will help you avoid the withdrawal symptoms and make your transition much more pleasant.

5.  If you are super determined to rid yourself of caffeine immediately then quitting cold turkey is always an option, however be prepared for anxiety, headaches, and possibly other physical withdrawal symptoms.

6.  To help you through the withdrawals you order my organic essential oils could incorporate some wonderful essential oils that actually stimulate a relaxation effect in you body such as orange, lavender, and sandalwood.

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