Caffeine is a widely studied and also widely consumed stimulant. With much debate out there as to whether or not it is “good” for us, your genes can actually paint a clear picture of how beneficial caffeine can be to your central nervous system. With all the chatter out there about which coffee/beverage is best, when to drink it, how much to drink, etc., it’s easy to get confused. When it comes to your genes, we can tell how quickly you are prone to metabolizing caffeine and how prone you are to caffeine jitters. And these factors show how beneficial caffeine is to you based on your genes. Pretty cool, right?
Benefits of Caffeine
- Fat Burning
- Reduced Risk of Neurodegenerative Diseases
How the Genes Play a Role
- How You Metabolize Caffeine: How quickly you metabolize caffeine helps to determine just how beneficial it can be for you. The faster you metabolize caffeine the more beneficial it is for cardiovascular health, blood pressure, and athletic performance. And vice-versa: the slower you metabolize caffeine, the less beneficial it is BUT don’t blame the messenger just yet because there are ways to bio-hack your caffeine consumption depending on what your genes say.
- How Prone to Jitters You Are: You likely already know the answer to this because if you’re prone to jitters genetically, chances are you’ve felt the physical effects of this. Some people don’t do well with higher doses of caffeine (150mg+). L-theanine (also found in green and black teas) supplementation can support a relaxed focus in combination with caffeine for those individuals. Some people do fine with multiple cups of coffee a day resulting in little to no jitters. This kind of knowledge is not only empowering but also freeing.
Now that I have you wondering about what your caffeine genes say, let’s dive into one of my favorite recipes using my preferred method of caffeine…COFFEE! No matter what your genes say, I’ve put together a very supportive and nourishing recipe that is sure to balance and stabilize even the most sensitive types.
Gene Friendly Coffee
- 1 cup coffee *Or use Organic King Coffee (1 packet in hot water)
- 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1-2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
- Pour your coffee or king into a blender.
- Add the extra virgin olive oil and Ceylon cinnamon.
- Blend and enjoy!
If you like recipes like this, check out my Gene-Friendly Recipe Guide! It’s FREE and packed full of nourishing and functional recipes.