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Three Health Benefits of Coffee

Updated on December 22, 2013

Yes, Virginia, Drinking Coffee Does Have Health Benefits

Back and forth they go. You can have as much coffee as you want...Wait! You can't have that much and then there's, "you can have more than one cup but not more than three cups before 4pm but not every day except on weekends when you can have two cups of coffee, which may or may not include a double shot Expresso Machiatto for Sunday brunch. All that chatter aside, one of the main reasons people drink coffee is so they can wake up, get a little energy. I just recently started drinking Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee not only because it's the only coffee that doesn't give me that sour aftertaste, but because I get that little boost throughout the day.

But then I got curious: there's got to be more to coffee than taste, energy, and bleary-eyed crack-like addiction. Here's what I discovered about coffee's health benefits

Coffee is Good for Asthma!

The chemical structure of coffee resembles that of Theophylline, a substance common in medications for Asthma. Just like Theophylline, coffee relaxes the airway muscles and helps relieve wheezing and shortness of breath.

Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee - Because I'm a biased Jamaican

I don't typically drink coffee but when I do, it's Blue Mountain. It's clean with no aftertaste and it's delicious with some condensed milk

Island Blue 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Whole Beans Coffee (16oz)
Island Blue 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Whole Beans Coffee (16oz)

Jamaican Blue Mountain Beans for those who are "hard core" beaners :)

 
Jamaica Blue Mountain: Mavis Bank Estate 1 Pound Fresh Ground Coffee
Jamaica Blue Mountain: Mavis Bank Estate 1 Pound Fresh Ground Coffee

Ground Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee for your machine

 
La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk, 15.8-Ounce Squeeze Containers (Pack of 4)
La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk, 15.8-Ounce Squeeze Containers (Pack of 4)

If you want to make the BEST Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, Condensed Milk IS KEY!

 

Reduces Risk of Gout!

Gout is a form of arthritis where the body produces too much uric acid or has problems flushing it out. Coffee drinkers who had four or five cups a day dropped their gout risk by about 40%. It is not known exactly why this is some research suggests that coffee's diuretic effects may have something to do with that. Other think the organic chemicals in coffee may act like anti-gout medication. Knowing that, it's only fair to mention that the research was conducted with male subjects. Women may or may not experience the same benefits.

The most EXPENSIVE coffee around

There are some connoisseurs who will spend a mint on coffee. Here is one such expenditure...whether they actually taste good is anyone's guess

Kopi Luwak Coffee, Wild Gathered, 100% Pure, Whole Bean, 16 Ounces
Kopi Luwak Coffee, Wild Gathered, 100% Pure, Whole Bean, 16 Ounces

This coffee bean passes through the digestive system of the mongoose before it's made. Really, I'm NOT kidding; it's got to go through that process first and come out costing between $160/lb. That mongoose had better be adding some GOLD to them beans!

 

Have a Headache?

Particularly tension headaches which are usually caused by dilated blood vessels. A cup of coffee might constrict blood vessels which help loosen the tenseness in the scalp and sooth sore, knotted neck muscles within one hour of drinking it.

Believe it or not, there are a few more reasons to down that cup of coffee but as with anything, moderation is key.

So savor your next cup of coffee with a smile on your face, because really, when you get up in the morning, there's nothing like a nice hot cup of pick-me-up!

Let's be more reasonable, shall we?

Ok, now that we've seen and understood why the most expensive coffee in the world (because there are only so many mongoose in the world) Here are some more reasonably priced ones

Hawaii Roasters Award Winning Farm Roasted 100% Kona Coffee, Ground, Medium Roast, 14-Ounce Bag
Hawaii Roasters Award Winning Farm Roasted 100% Kona Coffee, Ground, Medium Roast, 14-Ounce Bag

$30 and it's not even for a full pound. But no mongoose were used in the process...allegedly

 
Barnie's CoffeeKitchen Rwanda AA Bourbon Coffee (12oz Whole Bean)
Barnie's CoffeeKitchen Rwanda AA Bourbon Coffee (12oz Whole Bean)

This is a more reasonable pricepoint and I hear Rwandan coffee is good

 

Coffee's Best!

OK, who's really "The Best" at coffee?

Starbucks is The Best, Of course

Starbucks is The Best, Of course

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  • AnnRadley 5 years ago

    I'm grateful to Starbucks for helping to raise the standard of coffee in America for the masses. Before the 1980's-90's coffee in America and the UK was something like dirty brown water. Yet now we have such delicious coffee to choose from. And wonderful Italian places now thrive in London (like Cafe Nero for example) Where I live now in the Pacific Northwest, Peets is my favorite.

  • Joan Haines 5 years ago

    Good coffee can be found in many places, including my kitchen and Dunkin' Doughnuts too!

What would happen...

You've seen it. That bloodshot frenzied look when the word "Coffee" is joined with phrase "Out of" So let's take it up a notch. What if there was a massive oil-like spill of coffee?

"Gourmet coffee" brewing in Hong Kong

The coffee culture in Hong Kong has started to evolve with an increasing number of coffee drinkers turning to budget-busting "gourmet coffee

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      smartbiz38129 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I know what you mean. A good cup of coffee can make such a difference!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Always love to read these "coffee is good for you" articles :) I would hate to do without coffee!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Thanks for this guide - I get so tired of hearing how unhealthy coffee is - it's actually quite good for you, especially when taken black. :)

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Coffee. It's hard to live without.