The perception that coffee is bad for health is mostly alive among those who tend to practice naturopathy and also among those who use homeopathy.
Coffee has positive aspects as well as negative ones.
Coffee can indeed nullify the effect of certain homeopathic remedies. Think for example of Nux vomica and Ignatia. But this is certainly not the case for all remedies.
Coffee is also dehydrating. That’s why in certain places in Italy a glass of water is placed on your table when you order coffee. To compensate a little for what you lose in moisture. So drinking does not always mean adding moisture to the body. With coffee, it’s the opposite.
Certain research results indicate a positive influence on the prostate. Coffee is also associated with lower risk of cancer. There has been research on the positive influence of coffee on the intestines. Results are not unanimous. Apparently it does promote transit in the gut. We experience a stimulating effect on bowel movements.
What effect does coffee have on the brain?
It stimulates tired brain cells. In the field of neurology, there is a lot of research being done. In the Netherlands, Dr. Amber Kerkhof received her doctorate a few years ago with a study on the effect of caffeine on the brain. Caffeine apparently inhibits the action of adenosine. Caffeine has an effect on endorphins in the brain and on the adrenal glands. The outcome of the study points mainly to the stimulating effect of coffee when the brain has already made a great effort and is therefore “tired. This thesis does not provide evidence of the ‘stimulating morning effect’ of coffee. However, coffee drinkers are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
And coffee drinking in stress-time?
You can read about coffee drinking and stress in the book ‘Stop Stress’.