study just published in Nutrition Journal in which the authors concluded that we don't have a good understanding of the link between coffee and sex hormone binding globulin and sex hormones. Why is this a big deal? Well, the authors randomized 42 regular coffee drinking overweight adults who didn't smoke to five 6 ounce cups of caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee or plain water each day for 8 weeks. The drinks were consumed with each meal as well as mid-morning and mid-afternoon. What should jump out at you is the small number of participants and the short duration of the trial. Once you understand that, then the authors' conclusions make sense. Even if the relationship were positive, I wouldn't deem this single study strong enough to change your beverage habits.So with that in mind, let me point your direction to a
Now with that said, I wanted to compare this study to another one that was highlighted in a daily newsletter as "Acai shows memory benefit". Sounds exciting right? After all, who doesn't want to catch the wave of the newest super fruit and drink the latest high anti-oxidant juice and improve his/her memory? I'm sure you receive all kinds of email similar to this, right? They extoll the virtues of this or that dietary supplement and often are catchy enough that our patients bring them in to us to review.
So call me a sucker but I bit on the hook, line & sinker and clicked on the heading " Acai reverses age-related cognitive decline in rat study ". This may be exciting news for the basic scientists, but as for you & me, there's a wide chasm between what works in rats and what works in humans. And if you ever check out the product pipeline for Big Pharma, you'll see it littered with many interesting animal models that don't make it to the pharmacist's shelf. And if you want to follow the money, check out who provided funding support for the research to be performed . . .