Too Much Coffee Depletes B Vitamins

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 four 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 percent, B6 by 14.1 percent, and B2 by 5.5 percent. At the same time, the arterial-plaque-forming homocysteine was elevated by 6.8 percent.

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 one to two cups per day (if you tolerate caffeine) and consider supplementing high quality coenzyme B vitamins. B vitamins are vital to your brain health, metabolism, and cardiovascular function.

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