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Possible Health Benefits of Coffee

Updated on October 19, 2018

Guilt by Association

Coffee has not been proven to cause all these benefits, but it is associated with them. One way coffee might be helpful is that a cup contains more antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid, than a serving of vegetables. Up to five cups a day seems to have benefit.

Coffee is associated with lower incidence of the following:

gallstones

skin (including the worst type, melanoma), liver, prostate, mouth, pharyngeal (throat), uterine (womb), and colon cancer

an aggressive (ER-negative) type of breast cancer

diabetes

gout

dry eyes

MRSA (resistant staph infection)

stroke, heart attack and other inflammatory conditions

congestive heart failure

Parkinson's disease

Alzheimer's disease

multiple sclerosis

depression in women

only in low doses, suicide (High consumption of coffee increases suicide risk.)

gout

tooth decay

dry eyes

MRSA colonization

multiple sclerosis

brain tumor, including the worst kind, glioma

death (all-cause mortality)

depression in women

kidney disease in women

rosacea in women

cirrhosis of the liver

Caffeine has long been known to boost the effectiveness of painkillers and is included in many of them. Researchers are now looking at caffeine as a painkiller in its own right.

As of October, 2017, Johns Hopkins reports that caffeine boosts certain types of memory. Caffeine also boosts performance during a physical workout.

And here's a proven benefit: the chlorogenic acid in coffee improves blood vessel function at one and five hours after drinking it.

I drink my coffee happily - 2 to 5 cups per day. My doctor would probably recommend my stopping (or switching to decaf) if I had one of the following conditions:

glaucoma or being at high risk for glaucoma

anxiety disorder or insomnia

stomach ulcer or reflux

certain kinds of kidney stones

too rapid heart rate

irritable bowel syndrome

urinary incontinence

high risk of bone fracture in women

pregnancy (Just don't drink lots.)

Here's a final note: If you stop drinking coffee all at once instead of tapering off, you may notice fatigue and a headache.

Check with your doctor for your individual best use of coffee.


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    • connorj profile image

      John Connor 

      3 years ago from Altamonte Springs

      Excellent article; thanks for pointing out the benefits of caffeine; I have been attached to caffeine since college and was in dread of the day that I would have to give it up for health reasons. Especially as I have turned 5 for the 11th time. Now all these medical benefits seem to suggest that caffeine may extend my lifespan; good news indeed! My two primary attachments besides my love for my Better Half and our brats; are actually chalk-full-of medical benefits, namely ice hockey and caffeine!

    • Terry.Hirneisen profile image

      Terry.Hirneisen 

      6 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      So you think I am wound up! Hah! If that idiot Romney wins in 2012 you are gonna see one really wound pooch!

    • cathylynn99 profile imageAUTHOR

      cathylynn99 

      6 years ago from northeastern US

      interesting, terry. thanks for reading. one thing, though. sacky is wound up enough. we don't need tosee her on caffeine!

    • Terry.Hirneisen profile image

      Terry.Hirneisen 

      6 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      LIFE EXTENSION is a supplement company and they put out a monthly magazine. They have been praising the benefits of coffee and now sell a green coffee extract with glucose control. I find it actually does more than METFORMIN for glucose control.

    • cathylynn99 profile imageAUTHOR

      cathylynn99 

      6 years ago from northeastern US

      yup, dave.

    • Dave Bellware profile image

      Dave Bellware 

      6 years ago from Whitakers, North Carolina

      I sure do get a headache if I go more than 12 hours without caffeine, but the treatment regimen is simple: drink coffee.

    • cathylynn99 profile imageAUTHOR

      cathylynn99 

      6 years ago from northeastern US

      thanks for the comment, dave. sounds like you have built up quite a tolerance to caffeine.

      welcome to hubpages.

    • Dave Bellware profile image

      Dave Bellware 

      6 years ago from Whitakers, North Carolina

      Through my 20's, my coffee consumption would make my legs tremble when I was in a tense or confrontational situation. Although my coffee consumption is greater now than it was then, this side effect occurs to a much smaller degree even though confrontation is still a necessary part of my activities as a Union representative. Instant coffee has roughly the same amount of caffeine as brewed coffee, but come on! Instant coffee is not coffee!

    • cathylynn99 profile imageAUTHOR

      cathylynn99 

      7 years ago from northeastern US

      hi, fuscia,

      after years of bad press for coffee, it's great to see so many possible benefits being found. thanks for reading. hope it was interesting.

    • fucsia profile image

      fucsia 

      7 years ago

      I had decided to stop drinking coffee because I felt nervous. After some days without coffee I restarted to drink it, even if less than before. It gives me the goodmorning! I can't renounce of its taste!

      I think that as in most of situations the better thing is moderation.

      Thanks for this Hub.

    • cathylynn99 profile imageAUTHOR

      cathylynn99 

      7 years ago from northeastern US

      kyslone,

      i had 4.5 cups today, too. thanks for reading.

    • kentuckyslone profile image

      kentuckyslone 

      7 years ago

      Good to know there are some possible benefits there, I drink my coffee every day thick and black...

    • cathylynn99 profile imageAUTHOR

      cathylynn99 

      8 years ago from northeastern US

      Welcome, SilentReed,

      I believe either instant or brewed is good, as the studies don't even mention the difference.

      There is no evidence that coffee stunts growth.

      Congrats on your healthy lifestyle. That's what life is about - giving yourself the best possible chance over and over. sooner or later something is bound to go right.

    • SilentReed profile image

      SilentReed 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Instant or brewed ? I have been a coffee drinker most of my adult life but not during my teen years. my mom used to say "it stunts growth". Is that a valid statement? Except for the normal cold or flu, I have no major ailments. I do try to live my life in a healthy and moderate way.

    • cathylynn99 profile imageAUTHOR

      cathylynn99 

      8 years ago from northeastern US

      Thanks for the input. I'll bet he's benefitting.

    • vgf1968 profile image

      vgf1968 

      8 years ago from Casper, Wyoming

      My husband loves his coffee but only has around 2-3 cups per day. Of course those 2 cups are generally really strong coffee.

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