"May your life be like a wildflower growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day" -Native American proverb
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Excerpt from a blog post by Kevin Gianni:
"As you can see, the antioxidant thing has been blown out of proportion.
We need to look at coffee as a whole food, not as a source of antioxidants to determine if it’s good or not.
We need to know what it does collectively – regardless of its antioxidant content – when you drink it.
The most potent ingredient in coffee (thanks to reductionist science, LOL!) is caffeine.
This compound is a known stimulant.
Ingesting stimulants, like caffeine, cause an adrenal response in the body. This response increases cortisol which raises blood pressure and heart rate, as well as interferes with other hormone production in the body.
People with elevated cortisol levels produce less DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and other hormones that give the body balance at both physical and mental levels.
Excess cortisol can suppress the immune system as well.
So when you drink a cup of coffee, or two, or three…
Your heart rate and your blood pressure increase which puts stress and pressure on your cardiovascular system – in particular your capillaries.
Your adrenals become overtaxed and slow the production of sex and feel good hormones.
You start to store excess fat in the belly area (a symptom of excess cortisol) and your immune system starts to break down.
There are not the properties of a health promoting food.
Clearly, the whole package is much more potent and potentially dangerous than some minimal antioxidant protection."