Too Much Coffee Depletes B Vitamins

Friday, July 25, 2008
By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

The health pros and cons of coffee consumption are a much debated issue.  A new study shows that 4 or more cups of coffee per day have a significantly adverse affect on B vitamin status.  The researchers found that folic acid levels were lowered by 11.7%, B6 by 14.1%, and B2 by 5.5%.  At the same time the arterial plaque forming homocysteine was elevated by 6.8%.

Coffee is the most widely consumed stimulant around the world.  A great deal of positive research relating to blood sugar metabolism, diabetes, and mental clarity has been published in the past several years.  It does not take much coffee to have health benefits for those who like coffee.  However, too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing.

Keep your coffee intake to 1-2 cups per day or run the risk of depleting B vitamins vital to your brain, metabolism, and cardiovascular function.

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