The #1 Reason Not to Kick Your Coffee Habit

Filmmaker Max Lugavere is known for his popular vlogs on health science topics ranging from intermittent fasting to the microbiome. He’s currently filming Bread Head, a documentary about preventing dementia through diet and other lifestyle factors.

I’m a massive advocate for the role of food and lifestyle play in optimizing our health. I’m also a huge fan of coffee. At some point, those two traits might have seemed like conflicts of interest, but coffee has been redeemed by recent studies highlighting its life-lengthening potential.

Some of coffee’s most well-known effects are on the brain, so I wanted hear from an authoritative expert whether my affection for this caffeinated beverage is good for my cognitive health —and just how much I should be drinking. One leader at the apex of nutrition and neurology is David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM. He has spent his career taking an integrative approach to neurodegenerative disease and writes a lot about the power of food in modulating brain health. He’s the best-selling author of Grain Brain and Brain Maker, and is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition.

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In the video above, I chat with Dr. Perlmutter to learn about the specific brain benefits of coffee. Fellow java lovers, prepare to rejoice.

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