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Key Coffee Facts that Could Help You Enjoy It More

By Sandy Schroeder

If you are like me, you have had a lifelong love affair with coffee. You know the best way to brew it and where to get the best beans and your favorite flavors, but you may have a few unanswered questions about coffee’s powers and effects. You may wonder why it plays games with your sleep, or feels so addictive.

That’s where Livescience.com comes in. They have pulled together some key coffee facts that may help you make the most of coffee and avoid its drawbacks.

Caffeine may reduce pain - Researchers found people who drink coffee before working on their computer may have less neck and shoulder pain. Other studies showed drinking two cups of coffee may reduce post-gym muscle pain. Future research may spot more pain reduction uses and benefits.

Caffeine can be a killer - Normal amounts are not deadly, but the FDA is now warning of the dangers of powdered caffeine, a potent new product that the FDA is now issuing a ban on. One teaspoon of caffeine powder has about 4,706 mg of caffeine, which is enough to cause serious overdose symptoms. At least two deaths have already been reported from its use.

Coffee may be good for you - In the past four years, researchers have found coffee may reduce heart attacks, be good for the liver, and lower the risk of colon cancer. Other researchers found coffee may reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis, and cut the risk of early death.

Caffeine can torpedo sleep - To sleep well at night, researchers suggest cutting coffee and all other caffeinated drinks by early afternoon. Caffeine can stay in the system for hours and confuse the body’s internal clock. Using coffee to wake up every morning, and stay awake in the afternoon, can create an endless cycle with less and less sleep.

Decaffeination uses chemicals - The organic solvent methylene chloride is used to wash caffeine off of steamed beans. 

Roasting and brewing create great coffee - If you are a lifelong drinker you probably know coffee’s rich flavors come from the oil locked inside the beans. When the beans are roasted to 400 degrees, the oil emerges. The caffeine content builds the longer the grounds steep in the water during brewing. Darker roasts deliver more caffeine.

However you like your coffee, just be aware of its potency and give yourself some leeway to allow for uninterrupted sleep.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tampa, Fla.

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