If you love your caffeine in the form of a brewed cup of coffee, then know that the “world’s strongest coffee” is now available. That’s the good news. The downside, according to CNN Health, is that just one cup of this special brew could add up to 702 mg of caffeine, or almost twice the FDA’s daily caffeine recommendation.
It’s true that caffeine — once vilified as a health hazard — has been vindicated, with recent studies showing it has more to offer than just a boost of energy. From cancer to type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, coffee has been found to inhibit many diseases, and even has an ability to promote the growth of good gut bacteria.
One study showed that drinking four or more cups of caffeinated coffee daily lowered the risk of colon cancer recurrence or death by an astounding 52 percent. Another study reported that drinking at least five cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of some brain cancers by as much as 40 percent.
However, as with anything, too much of a good thing sometimes can be bad, so if you do choose to imbibe in several cups of coffee or in this new extra-boost version, remember to do it with a bit of reserve so you don’t have caffeine jitters all day.
And, when you brew that cuppa joe or tea, remember that it can pose a health risk if it exceeds 149 degrees Fahrenheit, and may be culpable in relation to esophageal cancer, so make sure it’s not TOO hot. Also remember that straight black is the most healthful way to drink it. Fake creamers and sugars, or just regular sugar, all pose their own health hazards.