An estimated 90% of all adults consume caffeine daily. As little as a cup of coffee is enough to foster caffeine addiction in some people. But not every person becomes a caffeine addict after a few cups of coffee. Our response to caffeine depends to a certain extent on our genetic makeup.
Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and a number of soft drinks and energy drinks. Caffeine is metabolized by a liver enzyme encoded by genes. A variation in these genes can impacts the metabolic rate of caffeine by disrupting the liver enzyme activity. An individual can have two possible outcomes for this genetic marker which include “Fast Metabolizer” and “Slow Metabolizer.” Slow metabolizers of caffeine tend to retain caffeine in the blood for a longer time, and this prolonged presence of caffeine in the system has ill-effects on the blood vessels and heart health.
A genetic assessment test will prove beneficial in helping you figure out your optimal intake of coffee. Go for 100andlife today