Dr. Norman F.
A cup or so a day may not make much difference for most people. For
others, particularly those in upper years, it could be a source of stiffness on
arising and spasms, being high strung, sleeplessness, and upset stomach.
The older we get, it seems the less cholinesterase our body produces that gives
us agility and, hence, the more cholinesterase inhibitors, as caffeine,
solanine, capsaicin, nicotine, will cause stiffness and aches. Try leaving
coffee alone for a few days, change nothing else and see what happens.
This is one way to check questionable intakes, assuming you are rigidly on the
To repeat, cholinesterase inhibitors, listed above, affect mostly rheumatoid-type
arthritis whereas vitamin D, as D3, stored in fat tissue and in
excess affects the skeletal system very subtly over the years, causes thinning
of bones, disfigurements, and degeneration of organ functioning. Vitamin D3
is the serious problem while the cholinesterase inhibitors, when accumulated in
excess, may be a temporary cause of angina, muscle spasm, ham string problems,
or charlie horse with little if any permanent effect. It is well to try to
regulate both to your advantage.