Is Caffeine a Nutrient or a Drug?

Caffeine is commonly classified as a drug by mainstream nutrition.  This can only be true because of how it’s used.  According to Dr. Ray Peat, any essential nutrient used in isolation, can be used as a drug for any specific effect on the person that wouldn’t normally be the case if eaten with other foods.   If used differently, could caffeine become a nutrient?


He states, The main reason coffee gives people the “jitters” is because they drink their coffee without any fat, like milk, cream or butter and without food.  

According to Ray Peat , “The bad effects of coffee are usually due to drinking large doses in a short amount of time”  Drinking coffee on an empty stomach increases the cellular consumption of glucose and then causes an increase of adrenaline.  Over producing adrenaline can then lead to exhaustion, a less efficient energy metabolism (slow down) and a depletion of glycogen stores.  The liver requires glycogen to convert hormones.  Your Thyroid then takes the hormones your liver converted and produces energy.  Your thyroid and metabolism depend on this process to work optimally.

So what does all of this mean?  Caffeine can be really beneficial to your metabolism and energy if taken with milk, heavy cream or butter and by eating food with your coffee.

Below is an example of how I drink my coffee.  My recipe for amazing coffee that has been turned into a beneficial nutrient is to add organic heavy cream, collagen and coconut sugar.

Benefits of caffeine:

  • Increases progesterone concentration and production
  • Balances blood sugar
  • Protects the liver from alcohol
  • Increases metabolic energy
  • Improves mood
  • Highly protective against cancer, including estrogen induced breast cancer
  • Lower incidence of thyroid disease
  • Provides magnesium and vitamin B1
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Protects against stress induced cell death without interfering with normal cell turnover
  • Can prevent nerve cell death
  • Prevents free radical damage

How I take my coffee:

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