How Good is Coffee? - 4 More Reasons Why Coffee is Good for You

If you are already a java fan, then you must be familiar with the many benefits of drinking coffee. Recent studies have now given you four more reasons to rejoice and continue with your caffeine addiction!

How good is coffee?
How good is coffee? | Source

How Good is Coffee?

Here are the list:

1. Coffee Reduce Risk of Skin Cancer

Based on the study by Jiali Han, Song F and Qureshi AA of Harvard School of Public Health and Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, an increased intake in caffeine will reduce the risk of basal cell carcinoma of the skin.

This is a common type of skin cancer that, although will not kill you, will cause disfigurement by invading the surrounding tissues.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) looks like open sores and are red patches with pink growths and scars. It is usually caused by long exposure to sunlight or other ultra violet radiations.

Usually Caused by Long Exposures to Sunlight such as in Sun Bathing

Hence, if you love sunbathing and do not have sufficient sunscreen protections, your chance of getting BCC is higher.

BCC is the most common form of skin cancer in countries where sunbathing is a religion and in the USA alone, about 2.8 million cases are diagnosed every year.

Although treatment is available in the form of surgery or radiation and photodynamic therapies, there is no harm in drinking more coffee as one form of prevention!

How Does Caffeine Protect You?

Based on the study, long exposure to ultraviolet lights can damage skin cells, which later can become tumors. Caffeine can eliminate these damaged cells and hence, reduce the chances of it becoming tumors. That's how good is coffee!

Source: US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

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Nutrients in Your Coffee

Although not all the nutrients in the coffee beans will go into your cup of black unsweetened coffee, the followings are the nutrients that make it to the final drink:

  • Potassium
  • Niacin (B3)
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
  • Antioxidants

2. Coffee Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer

Caffeine must be a good cancer tumor buster! Besides reducing the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma and its effectiveness in combating liver cancer and colorectal cancer, new studies have now shown that it is equally effective in lowering the risk of prostate cancer.

As reported in the medical news today, research done at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle concluded that coffee could reduce the progression or recurrence of prostate cancer.

Although further research must be done to determine how this is possible, it is assumed that the phytochemical in coffee is responsible for the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in crushing the tumors.

These phytochemicals are caffeine, diterpenes cafestol, kahweol and chlorogenic acid, which are known to inhibit cell growth.

In another study conducted at Harvard School of Public Health, it also concluded that there is a link between drinking coffee and the reduction in prostate cancer progression.

The figure is very impressive. When compared to non-coffee drinkers, the risk of prostate cancer reduced by 29% amongst casual coffee drinkers. For heavy coffee drinkers of six or more cups a day, the risk was down by 60%.

It however, concluded that more studies must be carried out to determine the exact component that is responsible for this action.

Therefore, guys, continue to enjoy your daily cup of coffee knowing well that coffee is good for your prostate.

Coffee help reduce tremor symptoms caused by Parkinson's disease
Coffee help reduce tremor symptoms caused by Parkinson's disease | Source

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3. Coffee Enhances Memory Power

Okay, we all know that caffeine will keep us awake and lift our level of alertness, but do you know that it will also boost your memory power? Is coffee that good?

In the studies done at The Johns Hopkins University, caffeine was seen to improve certain memories up to 24 hours after it was consumed.

The studies recruited volunteers who are not avid coffee drinkers and were given at least 200 mg. of caffeine (about the size of a small premium coffee; that is the amount required for it to effectively works on the memory) and found to have better recollection of test materials compared to volunteers who were given placebo.

How does this work?

As explained by Michael Yassa, Professor of Psychological, and Brain Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University:

"Caffeine will activate the sympathetic nervous system and stimulates the release of norepinephrine. This stress hormone will raise blood pressure and subsequently increases heart rate. The chemical sends a signal to the brain that something important is happening, and prompts the brain to store that information for future recall"

So, to boost the memory, when is the right time to drink coffee?

According to Michael Yasaa, drink 200mg of caffeine within 30 minutes before a meeting or right after it, will boost your memory for at least 24 hours.

Top Tips on Caffeine and Coffee

  • Drink coffee 15-30 minutes before your workout to improve your performance
  • To boost your memory, drink 200 mg. of coffee within 30 minutes before a meeting or right after it

4. Coffee Improves Your Workout and Sports Performance

Based on report published on the 27th of January 2010 edition of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, drinking caffeine 15-30 minutes before a workout, will improve your performance.

It will boost endurance, muscle strength, and let you work out harder and longer. That's how good is coffee!

It also concluded that caffeine would benefit players of high-intensity sports such as soccer, rowing, hockey, etc. However, this is more pronounced for the conditioned athletes.

Caffeine will not only boost your sports performance, but will also enhance the fatigue recovery state, after your exercise.

You do not need a high dosage of caffeine to achieve all these; just a cup of your favorite coffee will do the trick.

How much caffeine is in my coffee beans?
How much caffeine is in my coffee beans? | Source

How Much Caffeine is in My Cup of Coffee?

It depends on what type of coffee that you are drinking.

It also depends on how big is your cup, how it is brewed, type of coffee bean that was used, how many teaspoon of coffee you use to make your drink, how dark the roast, etc. Is it brewed coffee, instant coffee, or a cappuccino?

Wow, this is all very confusing.

As a general guideline, the following table might help.

Caffeine in Coffee

Type of Coffee
Amount of Caffeine
Caffeine per oz.
1 cup of instant coffee (8 oz.)
70 mg
8.75 mg/oz.
1 cup of filter coffee (8 oz.)
100 mg
12.5 mg/oz.
Starbucks Brewed Coffee (short 8 oz.)
180 mg
22.5 mg/oz.
Baskin Robbins Cappuccino Blast (24 oz.)
234 mg
9.75 mg/oz.
McDonald McCafe Brewed Coffee (medium 16 oz.)
145 mg
9.06 mg/oz.
Dunkin Donuts Brewed Coffee (medium 14 oz.)
178 mg
12.71 mg/oz.

How Good is Coffee - Its Other Health Benefits

There are several amazing health benefits of drinking coffee and these are already well documented. To recap, below is a brief summary for each of the benefits.

  • Coffee will Reduce the Risk of Liver Cirrhosis

If you drink too much alcoholic drinks, your chance of developing liver cirrhosis is higher. Drinking caffeine will reduce this risk

  • Coffee will Builds up Your Immune System

The high levels of antioxidants in coffee will boost the immune system and help you fight sickness

  • Coffee Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The very strong antioxidant capacity in coffee helps reduce tissue damage, and magnesium & chromium present in coffee, help the body to use insulin, which controls the blood sugar level in the body

  • Coffee and Weight Loss

Caffeine will stimulate the central nervous system, which subsequently will increase the basal metabolic rate. This will then burn extra calories

  • Coffee Can Lower the Risk of Liver Cancer

Coffee's favorable effect on diabetes, which is a known risk for liver cancer, and its ability to reduce the risk on cirrhosis and liver enzymes, are factors that contribute to coffee's ability to lower risk on liver cancer

  • Coffee can Prevent Recurrence of Breast Cancer

Patients that take the drug Tamoxifen together with coffee, will reduce the chances of breast cancer recurring. The studies at Lund University in Sweden suggested that caffeine interact with Tamoxifen to make it work more efficiently

  • Coffee helps Delay Parkinson's and Alzheimer’s disease

Caffeine will stop the production of beta-amyloid, a protein that accumulate in the brain and allows the body to metabolize all of the available protein. When there is no 'left-over' of this protein in the brain, the dementia problem diminished.

Caffeine will also block the malfunctioning brain signal in Parkinson's disease and hence, will reduce tremor experienced in Parkinson's

  • Coffee can Fight Depression, Make You Happier & Reduce Chances of Suicide

The high levels of antioxidant in coffee is responsible in lifting your happy mood. Caffeine will also stimulate the central nervous system and increase production of 'feel good' neurotransmitters in the brain

Problems and Side Effects of Drinking too Much Coffee

All good things have its fair share of problems.

Caffeine, unfortunately do have its problems. It can create havoc to the body’s central nervous system and metabolism, when taken in large quantity of more than 500 to 600 mg. a day.

However, different people will react differently to the amount consumed, depending on how much caffeine you used to drink.

Among the problems that you might experience are as follows:

  1. Caffeine is a diuretic that removes fluids from the body
  2. Hence, it can cause dehydration. Therefore, for every cup of coffee that you drink, drink another cup of plain water
  3. As it will make your more alert, you may have problems falling to sleep. So stop drinking caffeine at least five hours before bedtime
  4. Can cause headache and dizziness when the body is tired, but you are unable to rest as the caffeine had given you that extra boost of energy
  5. This will also make you shaky and jittery
  6. It can also make your heart beat faster and increase the blood pressure

Who Should Avoid Drinking Coffee?

You must limit or stop taking caffeine if you are:

  • Pregnant
  • Nursing a baby
  • Taking medications that may have adverse interaction with caffeine
  • Suffering from heart related problems
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Anemic
  • Have Anxiety Disorder or Insomnia
  • For children under the age of 10

Is the World's Biggest Coffee Drinker Healthy?

UPDATE: Based on Worldatlas.com article on Top 10 Coffee Consuming Nations (March 17, 2015), The Netherlands have now dropped to #3 at 6.7 kg/capita or 1.84 cups per day. Norway is now #2 at 7.2 kg per capita i.e.1.98 cups per day. The number one slot is now passed to Finland at 9.6 kg per capita at an amazing 2.64 cups/day!

Based on the 2011 study as reported in the New York Times, The Netherlands is the world's biggest coffee drinker.

Their per-capita consumption of 2.4 cups a day is the same as those consumed in the US, Spain, the UK, and France combined.

Therefore, if they are heavy coffee and caffeine drinkers, how do they fare in terms of the above health benefits and diseases that were mentioned earlier?

I referred to the data from World Health Ranking, and these are what I found for the Netherlands as compared to the rest of the world:

Coffee in Amsterdam, the land of coffee drinkers
Coffee in Amsterdam, the land of coffee drinkers | Source
  • Suicide Rate: Ranked #93 in the world
  • Prostate Cancer: Ranked #62 in the world
  • Life Expectancy: Average age 81.2. Hence, world life expectancy ranking #17
  • Stroke: Ranked #183 in the world
  • Alzheimer's/Dementia: Ranked #5 in the world
  • Parkinson Disease: Ranked #12 in the world
  • Breast Cancer: Ranked #12 in the world
  • Diabetes: Ranked #161 in the world
  • Coronary Heart Disease: Ranked #187 in the world
  • Liver Disease: Ranked #178 in the world
  • Hypertension: Ranked #189 in the world

With the exception of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson disease and breast cancer, The Netherlands seems to be doing very well in their healthy lifestyle segment.

Okay, I agree that these are not solely due to coffee and caffeine consumption. Other factors do come into play such as the environment, political, social, and economic issues.

However, for the purpose of this article, this simple desktop study can reply to How Good is Coffee? by pointing to The Netherlands, the land of coffee drinkers.

© 2014 Mazlan

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greatstuff 16 months ago from Malaysia Author

Hi sunilkunnoth2012 , as a coffee lover myself I too must have my coffee in the morning and before every workout! Thanks for the votes and share

Padmajah Badri, thanks for dropping by and your kind words


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Padmajah Badri 17 months ago from India

Worthy Hub.I love the title itself .I need a coffee in the morning to start my day .Voted up.Happy Writing !


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sunilkunnoth2012 17 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Nice hub with tons of useful information. Coffee is my favorite drink and I enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. Your article gave me some vital information on Coffee. Thank you for sharing. Voted up and shared on HP.


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greatstuff 18 months ago from Malaysia Author

FatBoyThin, I too, loves coffee, but I must stop taking the conveniently packed 3 in 1 coffee :(


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FatBoyThin 18 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

Who’d have thought coffee could be so amazing? I haven’t heard most of these health claims before, but I love coffee, so I expect I’ll live to a ripe old age!


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

manatita44: I love coffee and as the saying goes' life begins after coffee! Thanks for dropping by and the compliment.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

I have always thought of it as pretty good stuff. Glad you have explained its advantages so well, Greatstuff


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

@meltawayyourfat, Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment:) Hope you had a coffee-rich weekend!


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meltawayyourfat 2 years ago from New York

Very useful info.Thanks. :)


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

@pmarinov, I agree, espresso with a high caffeine content of 64 mg/oz is one sure way to enjoy coffee in its purest form. Wow!

@bwhite062007, what do you call a coffee enthusiast? a coffee lover? a coffee nut? caffeine freak? Whatever they call us, let’s drink to it!

Thank you both for the visit and leaving and sharing your comments and compliments. Have a great coffee day.


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bwhite062007 2 years ago from East Coast

The are food enthusiasts(foodies), wine enthusiasts, and then there's me. I consider myself a coffee enthusiast. I love coffee, all different kinds. Great to read some of the great benefits, and risks of drinking it that even I did not know about. Great hub!


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pmarinov 2 years ago from Detroit MI

I love coffee. Especially espresso, as I tend to think that that is the best most purest way to enjoy coffee. Great hub! Voted up and interesting!


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

teaches12345, cinnamon in your coffee is refreshing and healthy. The best pick-me-up for morning! Thanks for dropping by and sharing.

KateP-12 , Thanks for the compliments and hope you had a great weekend

theBAT . yes that coffee is supposed to be very good, but expensive. I must try it one day.


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theBAT 2 years ago

Just like in other Asian countries, we also have that coffee considered to be the most expensive and best tasting. We call that coffee as the "alamid coffee" 0r that derived from the droppings of the civet cat. Thanks for this informative and well-balanced hub.


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KateP-12 2 years ago from New Jersey

How "refreshing" to have so many coffee benefits explained in one informative hub. Quite interesting and very well written, thank you.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

As a coffee drinker, I thank you for posting this support. It is one thing I love every morning. I grind my coffee (organic and free-trade origin), add a little light cream and cinnamon and I'm read to face the day. What can be better than coffee as a morning drink? Not much!


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

@raymondphilippe; everyone is surprised how The Netherlands are world's top coffee drinker. Any reasons why?


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raymondphilippe 2 years ago from The Netherlands

Thanks for providing me with some good excuses to pour in another cup of coffee.


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

@Cre8tor, that is an interesting observation and as you had rightly said, it may be 'cos it is already a daily routine for you. Although there are benefits in drinking coffee, you should limit your caffeine intake to max 400-500mg per day, if you have no medical problems. Also, drink plain water as well as that it helps counteract the dehydration and diuretic effect of caffeine.


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Cre8tor 2 years ago from Ohio

Great Hub! Not that I needed any excuses to keep consuming coffee as I do but now I have them should I ever. I drink almost strictly coffee. I don't suggest that people do but after nearly 6 years of this, I've not noticed more than a slight loss of appetite. I'm nearly convinced it has no effect on my nerves or energy level but that's probably a result of always drinking coffee. I'm sure I'd notice if it was taken away though so there is another excuse for me to keep drinking it.


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

@oldiesmusic, I can feel the effectiveness of drinking a cup of water after a cup of coffee, when you do a workout. I do not feel thirsty as much as if I was to skip this. Thanks for the vote and compliments

@Matt Jordan III, hahaha that was funny. Maybe your coffee was too diluted!! Don't forget to reduce the water! Thanks for dropping by

@tammiejo67, a lot of people were surprised that The Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries are top coffee drinkers. I know legalized drugs are sold at coffee shops in The Netherlands, but I don't think there's any link there. Anybody knows why?

I have heard of a Dutch proverb that says: "Coffee has two virtues: it is wet and warm".....maybe that's why!

@Zainab Tarawali,

@Toytasting

Thanks for the visit and I am glad this article had given you additional info on the benefits of drinking coffee. Have a good day and remember that 'A morning without coffee is like sleep'


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Toytasting 2 years ago from Mumbai

That was such an interesting hub. I love coffee and it was great to know so much about coffee. :)


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Zainab Tarawali 2 years ago from Nation's Capital

Interesting article. I'm not a big coffee drinker, but this info is good to know.


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tammiejo67 2 years ago from Illinois

I am a caffeine based life form. The Netherlands? That surprised me.


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Matt Jordan III 2 years ago from Gulf Coast

Well written. And good news. But if coffee is good for memory, I must be drinking a bad brand. I have a mind like a steel sieve.


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oldiesmusic 2 years ago from United States

I am a coffee drinker, and I am quite happy to know that it has many health benefits than I realize (like about the breast cancer thing). But thanks for your tips about retaining moisture on the body after drinking coffee. Up and useful, awesome.


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

kerlund74, thank you.

In our country, Malaysia, we have this special coffee, civet coffee or known locally as Kopi luwak, which is found in Sabah. It is special as the Palm civet cat will pick and eat the best coffee beans. Fortunately, (or unfortunately) it does not get digested in their stomach and will be 'passed out' through their poo. It is then collected and processed as Kopi Luwak. It is supposed to be good, but expensive. I have yet to try it actually. This type of coffee is also found in Indonesia and Vietnam


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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

Interesting hub which I really like, I love coffee:-) Great written!

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