What exactly is coffee fruit? . And more importantly; Why is coffee fruit
good for the brain? First off let us make a distinction from coffee beans
and coffee fruit. Coffee fruit is a small round stone fruit produced by
the coffee plant. It is also known as coffee cherry or coffee berry.
It is the approximate size of a grape and grows in bunches on the coffee
plant. As it ripens, it turns into a deep red or reddish-purple or,
sometimes, yellow red color. The coffee bean is the seed of the coffee
fruit. When coffee beans are extracted from the fruit and roasted it
creates the coffee beans that are used in brewing coffee.
In the last few years, it has been shown that coffee fruit extract,
which is produced from freshly ripened coffee berries, is one of the best
supplements you can take for your brain.
What nutrients are contained in Coffee Fruit?
One of the main beneficial components of Coffee fruit extract is a
powerful antioxidant called chlorogenic acid. When this compound reaches
your brain, it activates the GABA-A receptors, which are the same
receptors that anti-anxiety drugs target. Powerful synthesized drugs
like Xanax and Valium are often prescribed to reduce stress and
depression in patients and the side-effects of these prescription
medicines can be quite harmful to the body and brain. It has also been
shown that benzodiazepines, like Xanax has the potential to be addictive.
Coffee fruit extract is a much safer and gentler way to ease stress and
Chlorogenic acid is also a strong anti-inflammatory which protects your
cells from oxidative damage and stress in these same cells. Also, due
to the fact that this compound reaches your brain, its also
neuroprotective which has been shown to prevent drug-induced memory
loss. And this beneficial natural compound also helps cells survive
free radical damage, not just in the brain, but throughout the body.
What are the best sources for Coffee fruit extract?
The best quality coffee fruit extracts are derived from the complete
whole coffee fruit. This extract is called whole coffee fruit extract
or WCFE. This is considered the standard by which most studies are
conducted. It is also recommended that you get an extract that is
multistep extracted that yields more antioxidants in the final product.
It is also important that you use a supplement that contains enough WCFE
to give you meaningful benefits. A good quantity will be between
100-200 mg in each supplemental unit. Two quality sources are
Dr. Formulated Memory and Focus from Garden of Life, Neuromaster
from Bulletproof 360, Inc.
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)
It has been shown in clinical studies that coffee fruit concentrate
stimulate the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in
the brain. This activity has powerful influences on the brain and the
central nervous system. It aids in the development and differentiation of
new neurons and promotes neuron survival. It also supports balancing
emotional moods and may even indicate a role in appetite suppression.
In the normal human aging process, BDNF production declines with age.
In fact lower levels of BDNF has been observed in Alzheimers disease
Other important nutrients in coffee fruit
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
Vitamin B2 or riboflavin is an important vitamin for the body to function
properly. It is one of eight B-vitamins which all help convert food
(carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose). This fuel is then used to produce energy.
They also help the body metabolize fats and protein. In regards to the brain,
one of the primary functions of vitamin B2 is helping the nervous system function
properly, also acts as an antioxidant that fights the damaging effects of
Every cell in the human body contains magnesium and needs it to operate properly.
One of the most important functions is to act as a cofactor, or helper molecule,
in the chemical reactions continuously performed by enzymes. Of these reactions,
one essential task is regulating neurotransmitters, which send messages
throughout your brain and nervous system. Because of this, lower levels of
magnesium has been shown in clinical studies to result in increased rates of
depression. This same study also indicated an increase in anxiety and stress
Coffee has a long and complicated history in human affairs. For centuries
its primary value has been associated with the stimulating effects of one
its most important components, caffeine. In recent scientific studies it has
been shown that caffeine , in quantities of around 200 to 400 mg of daily
consumption , has had some positive effects on the brain. These studies
indicate that it can increase alertness and well-being and, more importantly,
may have a positive effect on improving mood and limiting depression. In fact,
in some studies , lifelong consumption of coffee has been associated with the
prevention of cognitive decline with even reduced risk of contracting Alzheimers
The discovery of the added health benefits of the whole coffee fruit extract has
added much more value to this quite remarkable plant. For the millions , and perhaps
billions, of coffee fans worldwide, these newly discovered benefits have added much
more value to this stimulating and exceedingly complex living organism.