The button of the coffee machine: it’s in your genes

“Coffee anyone?” is the question that is regularly asked at the Omnigen office. Almost everyone on team Omnigen drinks coffee, but the amount varies quite a bit. One is bouncing after two cups of coffee, the other drinks espresso all day and is still drowsy. Recognizable? The effect of caffeine is different for everyone.

Genetic Determination

Breaking down caffeineaThe difference can be explained with the help of the genes. A study published in Nature indicates that there are a number of genes involved in the need for coffee. It is therefore genetically determined whether you drink a lot or little coffee.

Breaking down caffeine

In addition, there is something that influences the amount of coffee you drink, namely how well your body breaks down caffeine. Perhaps it is recognizable that it is more difficult to fall asleep in the evening if you just had a cup of coffee? The cause of this also lies in the genes. A certain gene ensures that you may have a predisposition to metabolize caffeine quickly. This means that you break it down quickly, so that it is quickly out of your body; the effects of the caffeine are very short or barely noticeable. On the other hand, you may also be predisposed to a slow caffeine metabolism. As a result, the caffeine remains in the body for longer, so that the effects are noticeable longer and sometimes more intense. That is why you may lie awake for a long time if you drink a cup of coffee in the evening.

DNA reporting on nutrition

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