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In recent months, many have talked about the benefits of vitamin D. Popularly known as “Vitamin of the sun” Because it is produced in the skin in response to sunlight, it is considered one of the most important nutrients for health. It is also usually obtained through the consumption of certain foods and supplements, in order to guarantee adequate levels. The truth is that it is undeniable that it intervenes in important functions in the body: it regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitates the normal functioning of the immune system.Also, obtaining a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for the normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as to improve resistance against certain diseases. A major update on vitamin D has recently come to light, A new study suggests that regular caffeine consumption may interfere with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D.
The study had the collaboration of medical researchers from China and Brazil, who came together to conduct a research paper that will soon be published in the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research. It is worth mentioning that the study was based on previous research that had concluded that caffeine consumption was related to a decrease in the creation of vitamin D receptors. With this background, the experts set about investigating the subject further and analyzed the nutritional data collected from more than 13,000 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2006. Then, adjusting a series of other variables related to health, examined the clinical probabilities that vitamin D deficiency is based on caffeine intake.
Among the most relevant conclusions of the researchers, they found that the more caffeine people drank, the greater their chances of experiencing a vitamin D deficiency. In the study summary, the authors clearly state:
“A higher dietary intake of caffeine was associated with a deficiency of [vitamina D] in a representative sample of the American population ”.
While caffeine is a substance found in many drinks, the study placed special emphasis on the high consumption of caffeine from coffee which is directly related to the habits that characterize American society. Considering that a high percentage of the population does not start their day without a cup of coffee, it is worth talking about healthy limits.
Coffee is one of the nature’s most powerful and popular natural stimulants, and these qualities are directly associated with its caffeine content. It is the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world, largely due to its stimulating effects on mood and energy levels. Despite widespread consumption, few people really know how caffeine works in the body and even more interesting in the brain. Although there are numerous scientific references that support the therapeutic benefits of coffee consumption, its qualities will always be based on the amount consumed and in fact it has been proven that excessive intake is related to different health disorders.
About coffee consumption in the United States:
The initial effects of caffeine put the body in a state of stress: causes blood pressure to rise and makes the heart beat faster. As is common in stressful states, they allow us to perform better in a relatively short period of time. That is why coffee and other caffeinated beverages are consumed daily by the ton all over the world and especially in the US.
Specifically in the United States, coffee is a fundamental element in the diet, in fact there are market studies that prove that 65% of Americans drink coffee regularly. The survey carried out by Statista is striking. In which the coffee consumption habits in the United States are confirmed, although many of us will delight ourselves with a single cup of coffee a day; a staggering 68% of Americans surveyed reported having the habit of drinking more than 2 cups of coffee a day. The most impressive thing is that some people can consume more than 11 cups (although it is the smallest percentage). The most common average is between 2 and 3 cups a day, and there is data that confirms that 44% of adults in the United States: drink this amount of coffee on a regular basis.
Therefore, according to information released by the FDA: for healthy adults, a maximum of 400 milligrams of caffeine per day is recommended –that’s four to five cups of coffee– has been established as an amount that is generally not related to dangerous negative effects. However, there is a wide degree of variation in how sensitive people are to the effects of caffeine and how quickly they metabolize or assimilate it.
According to the researchers who led the study, there is still a lot of work to do. Although they qualify this finding as relevant, they are aware that more studies and precise investigations are required to determine the mechanisms of caffeine in vitamin D deficiency. At this time, it is not clear which were the benchmarks that distinguished healthy levels of caffeine than were associated with lower levels of vitamin D. Another question that remains in the air, may be cHow Caffeine Affects Vitamin D Levels in Older Peopleas the data used in this study was collected from people between the ages of 30 and 47.
The truth is that these types of studies add to the growing evidence that invites us to be more cautious with caffeine consumption. Although the benefits of coffee are undeniable, an excess of caffeine (which is found in many commercial drinks) will put stress on the body and end up impairing its functioning in different ways.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.