New study finds certain chemical compounds found in roasted coffee beans may actually help alleviate the effects of morning nicotine cravings. Thanks to a cell-based approach, study authors were able to identify two coffee compounds that appear to directly influence certain highly sensitive nicotine receptors in the brain. For a daily smoker, these receptors are often hypersensitive after a long night spent without nicotine.
The team applied a dark roasted coffee solution to a group of cells which express a particular human nicotine receptor. The ensuing results led researchers to conclude a specific organic chemical compound found in coffee may aid in restoring the nicotine receptor dysfunction that causes nicotine cravings in habitual smokers.