Thursday, December 7, 2023

Is Coffee High In Copper? Here’s the Answer!

by Mads

A single serving cup of regular coffee contains 1% of copper in it. Yes, that is not much copper, right? But I know you still want the exact numbers to know how much copper are you consuming with your every cup of joe. Here’s everything I chased down for you to know.

Is Coffee High in Copper?

No, coffee contains a very small amount of copper in it. However, the concentration of copper may vary with the types of coffee. But thankfully, none of them are high enough in copper levels to cause toxicity (if taken less than 400 mg of caffeine per day).

That being said, the caffeine in coffee helps to shrink down the copper toxicity in the body. The drink has copper-binding ligands which are responsible for removing the traces of copper toxicity from the body.

The following caffeine intake boundaries will help you enjoy coffee without affecting your health.

For Adults; Not more than 400 mg of caffeine in a day

For Teenagers; below 100 mg of caffeine in a day

How Much Copper Does Coffee Contain?

Coffee comes in various kinds with almost similar copper levels in them. However, 100g of coffee contains around 0.05 mg of copper. The most we can find is 0.1 mg (6%) of copper in 240g of brewed coffee.

Kind of coffee servingServing SizePercent of copper
Brewed, espresso, restaurant-prepared240g6%
Brewed from grounds, prepared with tap water237g1%
Instant, regular, powder3g1%
Instant, regular, prepared with water29.8g1%
Instant, decaffeinated, powder5.4g1%
Instant, with chicory, powder1.8g1%
Table of copper concentration in coffee

The table above shows almost similar copper levels in different sizes and kinds of coffee, except brewed espresso. Each of them contains a very small percent of copper in it.

But, what about brewed espresso coffee? Well, its copper level is still within boundaries for a single serving. So, I guess now you can be at peace and drink coffee without worrying about copper levels.

Why Should You Drink Coffee?

I mean, why should you not? This drink has proven to be healthy in every possible way if taken in a moderate amount.

I have seen coffee lovers that are more attracted to it because of its magical aroma and taste. But little do they know; the drink is saving them from many life-threatening diseases. You should drink coffee because:

  • It lowers the risk of getting type2 diabetes.
  • Coffee intake helps to develop lower chances of getting heart diseases such as stroke and coronary heart disease.
  • Caffeine-containing beverages such as tea, coffee, cola have cognitive-enhancing properties and provide mental alertness.
  • It will keep the liver enzyme level within a healthy range to remove copper toxicity.
  • Coffee drinkers are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. However, this is not useful for people who smoke cigarettes.
  • It makes your DNA strands stronger and provides prevention from cancerous disease.
  • Females older than 65 who drink three cups of coffee per day are less likely to suffer from dementia.

Recent studies found that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from some leading causes of death in women: coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. 

What Is the Best Time to Drink Coffee and Why?

The best time to drink coffee is when your stress hormone cortisol is at its lowest. That means it’s usually a few hours after you wake up. Early in the afternoon or mid-morning, to be exact.

Recent studies showed that cortisol hormone level is at its peak in two slots. One is from 8 am to 1 pm and another slot from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. In this way, we can enjoy the energizing effects of coffee at their fullest in the remaining free slot between the two.

It’s also suggested that one test drinking coffee at different times to see which time is best for them. Usually, it’s a rule of thumb that says;

The closer to consumption, the more alert and focused you will feel,”

However, it’s recommended to stop consuming caffeinated drinks after 2:00 pm. The worst timing to drink coffee is before going to bed or after dinner.

Final Thoughts

Coffee is the perfect blend of taste and health benefits. It has a low copper level that helps remove copper toxicity from the body.

Not just that, the beverage helps lower the risks of many life-threatening diseases if taken in moderate quantity. Having said that, we should not overlook the fact that excessive coffee intake can cause stomach upset, nervousness, insomnia, reduced heartbeat, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How Can You Lower Copper Levels Naturally?

The copper level is minimized by getting nutritional balance in your diet. However, it’s a serious suggestion to consult a physician for better diet recommendations. Especially if you are vegetarian, you might be consuming protein from food that is also high in copper level.

For high copper levels, it is suggested to include nuts, lamb, pork, salmon, vegetable juice cocktails, avocado, dried peas, sweet potatoes, white germ, and barley in your diet.

If the copper level is not that high, you can have cream, butter, margarine, rice eggs, beef, and coffee in your diet.

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