What is it about coffee? Gulping a whopping 70m cups of the good stuff every single day, it seems we can’t get enough of it on these shores - the best coffee machine in our home is kept very busy. Though if you’re one of the millions of caffeine slaves reaching for the kettle before the alarm clock has even stopped ringing, you might be doing it wrong…
How do we know? One man has now spilled the Fairtrade beans on when exactly is the best time to brew up.
Speaking to the Gastropod podcast as part of their Breakfast of Champions campaign, Steven Miller, an expert in chronopharmacology (the science of how the brain responds to drugs) claimed that if you work a regular 9-5 job then you're best drinking your first coffee at 9.30.
Miller claims this is because the body’s level of cortisol - a hormone that controls stress levels and blood sugar levels - peaks between 8am-9am, meaning it does not need a caffeine boost before then. But a swift one just after could be the wake-up kick your body needs.
And that’s not all, as he adds that allowing caffeine into the blood system during those early hours could even lead to ‘desensitisation’, whereby the body needs a lot more of the drug to feel the same effect.
Don’t shake your head, the man’s a scientist. Oh no, you’re already hooked aren’t you?
Good luck tomorrow.
[Via: The Independent]
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