Coffee enriches my life in so many ways: socially, gustatorily, as a surrogate for other vices, but most of all by fighting the somnolescence induced by a historical avoidance of any kind of regular sleeping pattern. Not being a morning person, my business probably would cease to function if it weren’t for the Gaggia espresso machine we invested in.
So it was really just a huge bonus that coffee consumption turned out to have several health benefits, whereas few credible studies have ever found reason to avoid coffee for anyone other than pregnant woman. Well perhaps this was a little too good to be true: New Scientist reports that coffee can be detrimental to your health if you are missing genes which help break down caffeine and drink 2 or more cups per day. But the study also reports that if you have a full arsernal of caffeine processing genes you can actually lower your risk of heart attack with 2 cups a day. Cool.
Well its not easy to know whether you have the right genes to drink more than 1 cup of coffee per day, but I suspect that those of you who report feeling jittery or nauseous after drinking a few cups of coffee might be missing the required equipment to deal with it. What is also clear is that even if you can process lots of caffeine you can increase your risk of heart attack by drinking too much coffee, the only question remaining is how much is too much?
What is certain is that the risk of heart attack for the anti-hero Too Much Coffee Man (pictured above on the cover of his first comic book) just increased again. Poor fella.