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Coffee, friend or foe?

updated 10-25-19

Coffee is derived from plants and is an herb.

Moderate coffee consumption (less than 3 cups a day) is probably safe for most people.

There are plus and negative aspects of Coffee

If you drink coffee, you may be a special candidate for magnesium deficiency. 

Since magnesium and calcium all work together to make your heart muscle contract in a regular rhythm, one of the first signs of a magnesium deficiency is an irregular heartbeat. 

As a result of calcium/magnesium imbalance, calcium deposits may form on the heart muscle. If this happens, the heart cannot contract properly. 

Magnesium is also important in breaking down fats you eat into fatty acids that can be useful in building body parts like nerve sheaths and cellular membranes. If those fats are not broken down properly, they begin to collect in deposits, which lodge on damaged arterial points. Thus a magnesium deficiency can increase you risks of contracting the two major degenerative heart diseases: atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis. Another point to remember in this regard is that magnesium is necessary for the synthesis of lecithin, which also helps break down those fats. 


It has long been stated that coffee floods nutrients out of your body via the urine and creates dehydration. Recently research has shown differently. Their data suggest habitual coffee drinkers could enjoy some of the same hydration from coffee as from drinking water.

Dr. Daniel Vigil from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California explained how the mild diuretic effects of caffeine do not cause you to become dehydrated, but instead increase your level of hydration.

Dr. Vigil explains your body doesn’t lose more fluid from the mild diuretic effect of caffeine than you take in by drinking it. He explains a headache after drinking your morning cup of joe may indicate you’re sensitive to caffeine or that you could already be dehydrated. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states this as well.

*Study: No evidence of dehydration with moderate daily coffee intake: a counterbalanced cross-over study in a free-living population.


Coffe Cup Coffee can lead to a chronic deficiency of B vitamins. 

Coffee can cause a buildup of toxins within the body, which increases your need for vitamin C and other antioxidants.

Two cups of coffee may contain 30 mg of caffeine. This is enough to raise your blood pressure and pulse rate significantly.

It has been shown that drinking two and half cups of coffee can more than double the stress hormone adrenaline. 

The liver is forced to detoxify the caffeine from coffee; this puts more strain on the liver.  

Research that has been done:

Researchers from the Netherlands studied the effect of coffee consumption on blood levels of homocysteine, a naturally occurring substance that forms when the body breaks down protein. 

Elevated levels of homocysteine have long been associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Exactly how this amino acid harms the heart is unclear, but our best guess is that it either makes the blood clot more frequently or damages the lining of blood vessels in the heart. (Genetic defects and vitamin deficiencies have also been shown to cause an elevation in homocysteine.)  

The Dutch researchers focused on strong, unfiltered coffee, and their results are not great news for folks who drink large quantities of caffeine. After just a two-week period of drinking six cups of unfiltered coffee a day, homocysteine concentrations increased 10% in subjects who started out with normal levels. 

At the same time, cholesterol levels shot up 10% and triacylglycerols (other fatty substances) 36%--both precursors to artery-clogging atherosclerotic plaque. The bottom line, according to the authors: drinking 48 oz. of unfiltered coffee a day may carry a 10% increase in risk for heart attack or stroke. 

An incidental but equally important finding was that levels of vitamin B-6 decreased 21%. 

Why would unfiltered coffee be more dangerous than filtered? A leading suspect is a group of substances called diterpenes, found widely in nature--and in coffee beans. Diterpenes are known to raise homocysteine levels, and the paper filters used in coffee machines are usually fine enough to catch them. Some coffee roasters prepare their beans with processes that remove some of the offending diterpenes. Check with your favorite brewer for details. 

The good news for coffee lovers: increased levels of homocysteine aren't necessarily permanent. Removing the offending agent--in this case, unfiltered coffee--will help bring the levels back to normal, as will increasing your intake of the B vitamins B-6 and folic acid. Vitamin supplements, green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits are good sources of folate. (See below for a good source of Vitamin B)

See the educational video by Dr. Eric Berg How Caffeine Works

Plus Points

Top 4 Health Benefits of Coffee


If you love coffee, you are not alone. In a recent survey by Reuters, 64 percent of Americans age 18 and over said that they enjoyed a cup in the previous 24 hours. One of the top reasons you might drink coffee is because you know that the brewed beverage helps you wake up and feel energized. What you may not know is there are actually several health benefits of coffee.

See Article Top 4 Health Benefits of Coffee

While there are multiple benefits to drinking coffee, it is crucial you are drinking dark roast, organically or biodynamically grown coffee beans. The brown to black coffee beans you take out of the bag begin their life green. They are roasted at high heat to release their flavor.

Coffee growers use a lot of chemicals on their plants and this can outweigh the benefits. Drink organic coffee.

Stop drinking coffee?          No Coffee

Getting off of coffee. If you avoid these completely, be aware that at first you might experience headaches, fatigue, or dizziness due to withdrawal symptoms. However, after a week or so, you energy level and mood should improve.

Recommended is that you cut down the amount of coffee you drink daily gradually, and then get to one small cup in the morning and then gradually lessening the amount over a two week period until it's eliminated altogether.  

What to take:

You can go for decaffeinated coffee but it needs to be organic water-pressed decaf coffee, as commercial decaffeinated coffees can contain toxic chemicals used in removing the caffeine.


Recommended Supplements to help restore health and to take if you want to continue to drink coffee.

Vitamin B Complex Plus - The need for handling homocysteine is to get an absorbable B vitamin (B6, B12, and Folate).  These vitamins change the homocysteine to Cysteine which the body uses to make Glutathione, the body's master anti-oxidant.  The problem is that a percentage of the population has a genetic difference that makes using these B vitamins difficult.    

Read about B Complex Plus


Calcium/Magnesium, B Vitamins & Minerals 


Suffering from caffeine withdrawal when you stop drinking coffee?  Are you tired? 

We recommend the RHP Real Energy Formula.  It has natural ingredients that help your body create energy.  It's an energy drink based on good nutrition. Taken in the morning it can replace the need for that first cup of coffee.  

"I want to thank you guys for your help with everything for my health. However, I want to extend an extra Thank You for this energy drink. I have found it to be a life saver for a number of reasons. Not only have I stopped drinking my triple shot of coffee which cost me at least fifty dollars a month, but I do not have the jitters the coffee causes now."    Darrell Plouffe in Washington

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