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Ode to Coffee



Don't believe anything bad anyone tells you about coffee.  I have been collecting the research for a long time.  If you have orexin problems, it's your best friend.  There's a reason it's so popular.  I am absolutely convinced that it has been counteracting gluten intolerance since it was first cultivated.  


Coffee does NOT cause dehydration

Coffee does NOT cause high blood pressure



Espresso is not coffee.   It just smells like it.  Drip coffee has four to five times the caffeine as espresso. Coffee must steep in the water for a while to dissolve the caffeine, oils and antioxidants.   Then it should be filtered through paper to remove bitter residues.    The fats in cream also subdue the bitterness.    You should not be adding sugar. 


Other caffeine drinks are not coffee either.   They do not have the same antioxidants. 

Tea is okay, has some beneficial properties, but not as many as coffee.

Cola and Energy drinks barely count at all.    Anything with sugar in it is counterproductive.   Anything with high-fructose corn syrup is probably dangerous for orexin compromised individuals.


And no, you can't substitute Chocolate either.   Yes it has caffeine, but is also very high in arginine which activates herpes viruses.





Yes coffee has arginine too.  But it increases the levels of orexin.

Caffeine's stimulatory effects are primarily due to its inhibition of adenosine in the CNS. This reduction in adenosine activity leads to increased activity of the neurotransmitters dopamine, glutamate and OREXIN. 


Adenosine inhibits activity of orexin neurons in the lateral hypothalamus

Caffeine tightens up the blood-brain-barrier.

Caffeine may stimulate synapsin production.

Coffee may also prevent herpes.





There's a ton of studies saying that coffee is good (or not bad) for you.  



Coffee May Help Prevent Cavities

Highly Active Compound Found In Coffee May Prevent Colon Cancer

Midlife Coffee And Tea Drinking May Protect Against Late-life Dementia

Higher Coffee Consumption Associated With Lower Liver Cancer Risk

Caffeine Consumption Not Associated With Breast Cancer Risk In Most Women


I don't usually take much stock in those types of comparative analysis.   The obvious flaw in them is that they do not account for any third co-occuring variable which may actually be the causative factor.  I am really good at thinking up those possible third variables...


For example, this is really the only consistent negative relationship I could find for coffee:

Consuming Even Small Amounts Of Caffeine When Pregnant May Affect Growth Of Unborn Child



(That might explain the "even small amounts of caffeine" part.   Seeing as it is so benign in adults, that really doesn't make much sense biologically. Makes more sense that orexin deficient women just can't give up coffee completely.)





BTW- if your eyes hurt when you drink coffee, you need to take the spoon out of the cup.




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