Recent studies have found that habitual coffee drinking actually affects our DNA. But how exactly? Well, it’s complicated.
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Non-additive genome-wide association scan reveals a new gene associated with habitual coffee consumption
“Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages worldwide and one of the primary sources of caffeine intake. Given its important health and economic impact, the underlying genetics of its consumption has been widely studied. Despite these efforts, much has still to be uncovered.”
Your coffee habit could be encoded in your DNA
“And now scientists might finally have a way to explain your relationship with coffee, finding that genetic variations that affect how the body breaks down caffeine could be responsible for influencing us to drink more or less of this stimulating beverage.”
How does caffeine affect the body?
“Caffeine–the drug that gives coffee and cola its kick–has a number of physiological effects. At the cellular level, caffeine blocks the action of a chemical called phosphodiesterase (PDE). Inside cells, PDE normally breaks down the second chemical messenger cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP).”
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