Top 17 Caffeine Health Benefits

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Caffeine is the most widely used substance on the planet. Are there health benefits from caffeine or is most of the world just poisoning themselves?

We’ve dug through our archives and put together a list of some of the possible caffeine health benefits according to different studies that have been conducted over the years.

17 Caffeine Health Benefits

  1. In Japan researchers have shown that caffeine increases memory. Also, a newer study out of Johns Hopkins University showed that a 200mg caffeine pill helped boost memory consolidation.
  2. Caffeine mixed with carbs replenishes muscle glycogen concentrations faster after exercise.
  3. Caffeine detoxes the liver and cleanses the colon when taken as a caffeine enema.
  4. Caffeine is better than sleep when you need to be alert while driving.
  5. Caffeine can stimulate hair growth on balding men and women.
  6. Caffeine relieves post work-out muscle pain by up to 48%.
  7. Caffeine helps ward off Alzheimer’s.
  8. Caffeine can ease depression by increasing dopamine in the brain.
  9. Caffeine increases stamina during exercise.
  10. Caffeine protects against eyelid spasm.
  11. Caffeine may protect against Cataracts.
  12. Caffeine may prevent skin cancer. A new study out of Rutgers University found that caffeine prevented skin cancer in hairless mice.
  13. People who consume caffeine have a lower risk of suicide. Src.
  14. Caffeine may reduce fatty liver in those with non-alcohol related fatty liver disease. This study comes out of Duke University.
  15. Caffeine consuming men showed increased semen volume and significantly less sperm DNA fragmentation than non-caffeine consuming men. Src.
  16. Men who consume 250-375mg of caffeine per day have a much lower risk of developing ED (erectile dysfunction). Reduced risk was even observed among men consuming as little as 85mg of caffeine daily. This research was conducted by The University of Texas Medical School. Src.
  17. Caffeine may prevent ringing in the ears (tinnitus) in women: A study recently published in The American Journal of Medicine followed a group of 65,085 nurses since 1991. The women who consumed the most caffeine had the least incidences of tinnitus reported. Src.

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There can be negative health consequences from consuming too much caffeine, so don’t go too crazy.

Also some of the benefits of caffeine have only been researched within the context of caffeinated coffee.

Here are some further health benefits when the caffeine is consumed via coffee.

It is also interesting that these benefits didn’t carry over to those that drank decaffeinated coffee.

Caffeinated Coffee Health Benefits

  1. Caffeinated coffee cuts mouth and throat cancer risk by 50%.
  2. Coffee can reduce risk of stroke as much as 22%.
  3. Shown to reduce the risk of several types of cancer.
  4. Heart rhythm disturbance hospitalizations decrease with coffee drinkers.
  5. Coffee decreases risk of type 2 diabetes.
  6. Caffeinated Coffee may help with weight loss. Research out of Melbourne, Australia is finding that study participants are reporting decreased appetite when drinking regular coffee as opposed to decaf or caffeine tablets as part of an ongoing study.
  7. People who drink at least 4 coffees or teas have lower blood pressure according to a new study out of Paris. Tea drinkers had the most blood pressure benefit, while coffee drinkers had just slightly less.
  8. Research out of Greece shows that Greek boiled coffee may increase longevity and heart health.

While this list might seem like a green light for caffeine consumption, it does come with a few caveats. In most cases the caffeine health benefits were realized by those who consumed moderate coffee/caffeine amounts. Also in some of the studies above, the caffeine was concentrated and applied directly to the body area being researched, i.e. cataracts and baldness etc.. Therefore, dietary caffeine would not produce the same results.

We can conclude that caffeine consumed via natural sources is probably the best since many of the health benefits of caffeine are probably largely due to the high antioxidant levels found in regular coffee and tea.

  • hellzenvy

    I think the most important one you forgot was the studies that show caffine absorbed through the skin fights off skin cancer.

  • Nick

    Hooray for caffeine enemas! lol

    This article http://liverightlivewell.com/feature/caffeine_health_benefits/index.html?target=caffeine

    also has a lot of other benefits in the second paragraph of the “On the Positive Side” part of the article. Apparently it can guard against colorectal cancer, liver cancer, and Parkinson’s disease.

  • lizzy

    How exactly does one absorb caffeine through the skin?

  • Nick

    You can buy caffeinated soap.

  • hellzenvy

    They make Caffeinated Soaps like Nick said they also have full line ups of tanning Lotions and Sun blocks that Contain Caffeine that came out right after the reports where released. They also make a Caffeinated Shampoo now as well as Lip Balm and breath sprays it really is the Wonder Drug.

  • My Eye

    how does it protect against eye spasms?

  • My Ear

    what about adrenal fatigue?

  • Bob

    this list is bullshit

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  • Deborah

    Where would one purchase Caffeinated Soap?

  • http://www.caffeineinformer.com ted

    Hi Deborah, We have a few sources mentioned here. http://www.caffeineinformer.com/caffeinated-soaps :-)

  • cari miller

    A doctor told a mother to let her son drink a mountain dew once a day in place of putting him on ADHD meds. It worked for her son. I am trying with my 11 year old, teachers say she daydreams especially after lunch.

  • prashanth

    any effect on the physical appearance?
    positive or negative…..

  • http://www.caffeineinformer.com ted

    Caffeine can reduce bags and dark circles under the eyes.. some eye creams are now including caffeine.

  • Dave

    Yeah… when applied topically. It actually causes adrenal fatigue which in turn can and does cause dark circles…

  • Jason_Casey

    Energy shots are awesome for pre-workout routines. If anyone works out on a regular basis, I highly recommend energy “shot” products. They are highly effective and super convenient. Everyone has their own brand, my energy shot of choice is Eternal Energy shot. It looks like a relatively new product, found it at WalMart. Works really well.

    Sometimes I’ll drink coffee too. Bottomline: caffeine can seriously increase your athletic performance in my experience

  • Brendan

    Caffeine also lowers the chances of getting Prostate cancer in men.

  • luis rodriguez

    you know whats funny is that you put all the possitives but 0 negatives. coffee does not detox your liver its quite the contrary. PEOPLE BE CAREFULL WHERE YOU GET YOUR SOURCES MOST COMPANYS OPEN FAKE WEBSITES TO ADVERTISE CAFFEINE. CLAIMING ITS OK TO DRINK AS MUCH AS YOU PLEASE. MODERATION IS KEY. a coffee every morning is way too much and you will get addicted

  • http://www.caffeineinformer.com ted

    Luis, there are well documented and researched benefits to consuming caffeine and there are negatives. We discuss both. If you took a minute to look around our website, we have many pages devoted to the negatives. To say that we are a “fake website advertising caffeine” is unfounded.

  • Mav

    Too late, already addicted. Why do you think we are here…

Last Modified: September 11, 2014