Coffee and Probiotics
A cup of coffee is a great way for many of us to kick-start the day. But how does it affect your gut bacteria?
Is coffee good for the gut?
This question may have probably crossed your mind, especially if you are concerned with your gut but love the brown stuff. The good news is that coffee is a good thing. You do not have to worry about coffee damaging your gut bacteria. Drinking coffee can actually benefit you and your gut bacteria.
Coffee contains thousands of bioactive molecules. One of the most popular is caffeine. Other beneficial compounds include magnesium, vitamin B21, and polyphenols. So, how does it affect the gut? Coffee can keep things moving through your gut. It stimulates the contraction of your digestive system, while other compounds help boost stomach acid production. Moreover, the bioactive molecule in coffee works as an anti-inflammatory agent that helps keep the gut healthy.
Research also shows that coffee has prebiotic effects and can help probiotic strain grows. Even drinking instant coffee has been shown to increase certain levels of Bifidobacterium.
Is coffee a probiotic?
Unfortunately, coffee is not a probiotic. Though coffee isn't a probiotic, the antimicrobial molecules it contains can help to counteract the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut. By doing so, the beneficial bacteria can thrive and flourish. So, I see no reason for you to cut out coffee. It might even help you stay regular and increase your microbiome diversity.
Could more coffee bring a healthier gut?
Research shows that coffee drinkers have healthier gut bacteria composition. Drinking a cup of coffee each day may help ease inflammation, fight off unhealthy fat, and even protect your brain as you age. Moreover, coffee may help prevent calcium buildup and other risks of blood clogging by keeping arteries healthy. But what exactly is the connection between coffee and a healthier gut microbiome?
Patients with metabolic problems have previously been shown to benefit from coffee consumption. High caffeine consumers appeared to have very low levels of E. ramosum, a potentially harmful bacterium. Higher caffeine consumption was also associated with increased levels of anti-inflammatory bacteria, such as Roseburia and Faecalibacterium.
Should I take my probiotic supplements before taking my coffee?
Now here is a question that I am sure all of you have been wondering about! Which of these should I take first? Probiotics or coffee? It is best to take your probiotic supplements first thing in the morning, along with your breakfast. Why? Because this is the time when your stomach is least acidic. During this period, your stomach's gastric acidity is naturally at a pH of 4 or higher. That's why we highly recommend that you take your probiotic supplements with your breakfast.
If you are worried about taking your probiotics at the same time as you are enjoying your morning coffee, don’t be. Ideally, when you take your probiotic supplements, you take them with water. By the time you take a sip on the delicious brown stuff, it’s cool enough to drink, which probiotics can withstand.