Spilling the beans ☕

An ode to our oh-so-beloved coffee, featuring products to buy and facts to know.
Wellness Wire
IN a nutshell
Good morning, and happy Monday, friends! Is there a better way to start the day than with coffee? Yes, actually there is — a coffee themed Wellness Wire newsletter. We're spilling the beans about this beloved beverage, including products to try, facts to know, and how consuming it can affect your well-being (aside from the obvious perk of it bringing you back from the brink).
Grab a cup of caffeine to sip and enjoy while reading today's topics:
is this the healthiest way to drink your coffee?
my favorite coffee maker, grinder, and beans
mushroom coffee: worth the hype?
how coffee can affect your blood pressure
more health stories you need, like even decaf can reduce caffeine withdrawal symptoms
Be well,
Morgan Mandriota
Newsletter Editor, Healthline
  Written by Morgan Mandriota
February 27, 2023 • 5 min read
The healthiest coffee brews for you
what's got us buzzing
The healthiest coffee brews for you
Coffee with a splash of milk. Bulletproof. Cold brew. Black. Just a few of the popular ways folks take their coffee, each with its own claim of unique health benefits. But are they really healthy, or just hyped? Let's get into it:

Coffee with milk: This simple combo packs a powerful extra punch of antioxidants, immune boosting properties, and anti-inflammatory perks. We can thank the polyphenol-amino acid duo for that.

Bulletproof coffee: "Butter coffee" is popular among keto diet enthusiasts for its low carb, high fat factor that can help you feel full and kick start a state of ketosis in the body.

Black coffee: Low in calories and high in versatility (pourover, french press, iced, hot, etc.), black coffee may help to prevent cancer, liver cirrhosis, and some neurodegenerative conditions.

Cold brew: This less bitter, super steeped coffee drink may boost your metabolism, lift your mood, lower your risk of heart disease, and be easier on your stomach compared to hot coffee.

So, what's the healthiest way to drink your coffee? It depends on your health needs and goals, but cold brew and black coffee may be easier on your gut and carry the most benefits.

No matter how you order your coffee, research suggests that coffee in itself offers undeniable health perks. Above all else, a cup or 2 can help you take on the world and everyone in it. (Disclaimer: That last line is only supported by anecdotal evidence.)

tl;dr: Different coffee orders offer different health benefits. Click here to learn about the general evidence-based perks of drinking coffee.
great finds
Editor faves with health perks
You know those great finds you just *have* to tell your friends about? That's how we feel about the products we recommend here. Every pick has been vetted by our editorial team, and we genuinely think it'll make your life better.
Hamilton Beach Craft Programmable Automatic Coffee Maker
Hamilton Beach Craft Programmable Automatic Coffee Maker
Coffee newbie? No problem. From measuring and scheduling to brewing, this coffee maker does it all for you (read: me).
Proctor Silex Sound Shield Coffee Grinder
Proctor Silex Sound Shield Coffee Grinder
If you're looking for an efficient, near-silent way to grind your beans in the morning, I highly recommend getting this grinder.
Malu Coffee
Malu Coffee
Avoid wasting a bag of beans or pot of coffee. Brew these delicious, individually packaged pourover blends instead.
To mushroom coffee or not to mushroom coffee, that is the question
Monday Kick Start
To mushroom coffee or not to mushroom coffee, that is the question
Mushroom coffee has been around for ages, but new brands and social media influencers are currently touting its caffeine-free, fungi-fueled health claims. These medicinal mushroom blends (commonly infused with 'shrooms like Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion's mane, or Reishi) are supposed to offer energy without the jitters, plus other perks. But is it really worth the hype?

"These mushrooms are said to provide a variety of health benefits, including increased energy, improved cognitive function, and enhanced immune function," says Julius Cermak, naturopathic herbalist and holistic healthcare provider. He adds that they're also rich in antioxidants, which can help the body protect against free radical damage. Sounds great, right?

Well, no research on humans currently exists to verify mushroom coffee's effects on humans. In fact, Cermak warns that some medicinal mushrooms can negatively interact with certain medications, so it's important to talk with your doctor before trying this coffee alternative.

The taste of mushroom coffee can be, uhh, less desirable, too. "It can have a slightly earthy or bitter flavor due to the presence of mushrooms, which may not be to everyone's liking," Cermak explains. It can also be more expensive than regular coffee … so, you're essentially paying more for a "healthier," less tasty energy boost. But hey, to each their own! Try at your own risk.

Want to learn more about mushroom coffee? Click here.
Health Hype
T/F: The more coffee you drink, the higher your blood pressure gets.
(Find the answer at the end of this email)
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Health Hype Answer
T/F: The more coffee you drink, the higher your blood pressure gets.
As someone who gets the jitters and heart flutters after consuming too much caffeine, this news was surprising to me. Apparently, the opposite is true — a new study suggests that coffee can actually lower your blood pressure … if you can tolerate drinking 3 cups or more per day, that is.

Want to learn more about the connection between coffee consumption and hypertension? Click here.

Spill the beans: How much caffeine do you drink everyday? Tell our team at wellnesswire@healthline.com. (Please note that we may use your name and response in an upcoming newsletter!)
Thanks for reading! For our friends who aren't coffee fans, don't worry. We're planning to cover more drink themes in future newsletters. Guess you'll have to stay tuned to find out what they are. 😉
Until next time,
Take care of yourself, and we'll see
you again soon!
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