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Coffee Berry Antioxidant
As a pharmacist i want to know pharmacologically why coffee is not a healthy source of antioxidants?
It certainly is : A source. However, for many people its benefit is overwhelmed by caffeine. There are therefore better antioxidant sources. The "feeling of having more energy" from caffeine is misleading for many people that take it to overcome fatigue. They are actually consuming energy that they can ill afford. ...Read more
Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against oxidation, especially oxidation by molecules called free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamins a, c, e, as well as beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and selenium, are common antioxidants. Foods high in antioxidants include fruits, ...Read more
My standard answer: Is eat only "god made" food and leave the man made food and beverages alone. Easy ? ...Read more
Does coffee berry extract contain caffeine? My moisturizing lotion lists it as the first ingredient--would it be ingested through the skin?
See below: Some poisonous berries like pokeweed or yew berries can cause heart block and low blood pressure, so that would be why one would take stimulants like strong coffee which contains a form of xanthine like caffeine. Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) may worsen diarrhea and loss of potassium leading to further cramping; however, magnesium by itself may cause relief of muscle spasms. See your dr. & follow treatment. ...Read more
Is acai berry worth a try? What are doctors' opinions on this? I hear it's an antioxidant and it helps speed up metabolism, am i right?
Anectodal : The acai berry is filled with potent antioxidants called anthocyanins & flavonoids. Studies have shown the acai berry has more antioxidant capacity than other fruits. Although there is not research based evidence at this time, the acai berry is anectodally reported to help with weight loss through an unexplained mechanism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Caffeine effects: Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system. It is most commonly used to improve mental alertness. People who are more sensitive may have nervousness gastrointestinal upset, insomnia and temporary rise in heart rate and blood pressure. Some research stated- Caffeine may harm voice quality Women consuming higher amounts of caffeine had an increased risk for miscarriage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, except....: No, not usually unless you have a medical reason to not intake caffeine or acidic liquids. Ulcers, gerd, poorly controlled htn, sympomatic fibrocystic breasts are among some of those conditions. As long as your "cup" of coffee is not a 64oz mug and you have no medical issues it should be fine. As with everything moderation is key. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Controversial: Opinions & research on coffee seem to change often: one week it's bad for you; then some benefit from it is found. Caffeine is a stimulant; so can interrupt sleep patterns; also acts like diuretic; too much can overstimulate the heart & nervous system; can exacerbate reflux as can acids in coffee. General recommendation is no more than 2 cups a day, preferably in the morning. But that may change…. ...Read more
Too many variables: Too many variables are involved, such as how many cups of coffee, how much caffeine is in each cup, how much time is one talking about, is one new to coffee or a daily drinker, does one have problems handling caffeine, how much cream is in the coffee, how much sugar is there, etc... Caffeine will temporarily make one more awake, but he'll not sleep well, so it can cause both better or worse mood. ...Read more
Blood vs. not: A classic description of coffee ground vomiting in medicine is suggestive of bleeding in the upper GI tract, more frequently from an active stomach or duodenal ulcer, however, I do see a lot of people who claim to have had this time of vomiting when in reality no ulcer is found. Some foods may like jam may mislead one. I would still see a physician to rule out bleeding as it is of major concern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer