19 Good Health Reasons To Drink Coffee

There are good reasons to drink coffee and there are a few reasons not to. This article is for those that are looking for reasons to keep drinking it.

After all, you may have a caffeine-hater in your life. You know the type – they’re always telling you what’s bad for your health.

Here’s a list of some good reasons to drink coffee. Memorize this list – so the next time you encounter your favorite coffee-hater you can pull out one of these babies.

While you’re at it, you can add the words “from a peer-reviewed scientific journal” — that’ll really get your pet coffee-hater frothing at the mouth.

In all seriousness, here are some scientific reasons for drinking coffee in moderation

Top 11 Coffee Health Benefits

  1. Cut the Pain
    Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%. From the Journal of Pain, March 2007 (link)
  2. Increase your fiber intake
    A cup of brewed coffee represents a contribution of up to 1.8 grams of fiber of the recommended intake of 20-38 grams. From the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (link).
  3. Protection against cirrhosis of the liver
    Of course, you could just cut down on the alcohol intake. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link). Another more recent study also showed coffee’s liver protecting benefits. link. Yet another study showed that both coffee and decaffeinated coffee lowered the liver enzyme levels of coffee drinkers. This study was published in the Hepatology Journal.
  4. Lowered risk of Type 2 Diabetes
    Those who consumed 6 or more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of diabetes. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link). A recent review of research conducted by Harvard’s Dr. Frank Hu showed that the risk of type II diabetes decreases by 9% for each daily cup of coffee consumed. Decaf coffee decreased risk by 6% per cup.
  5. Lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease
    There is considerable evidence that caffeine may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. From the European Journal of Neurology (link).
  6. Reduces suicide risk and Depression
    A 10-year study of 86,000 female nurses shows a reduced risk of suicide in the coffee drinkers. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link). Another study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drink 4 or more cups of coffee were 20% less likely to suffer from depression. Study link.
  7. Protection against Parkinson’s
    People with Parkinson’s disease are less likely to be smokers and coffee drinkers than their healthy siblings. Just make sure you don’t get lung cancer on the way. From the Archives of Neurology (link). Even newer research out of Sweden revealed that drinking coffee reduces the risk of Parkinson’s even when genetic factors come into play. link.
  8. Coffee drinkers have less risk of heart disease. Korean researchers found that study participants who consumed 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day were less likely to show the beginning signs of heart disease. The study. Other dietary factors should also be noted as Koreans typically have a different diet than do Westerners.
  9. Coffee drinkers have stronger DNA. A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition showed that coffee drinkers have DNA with stronger integrity since the white blood cells of coffee drinkers had far less instance of spontaneous DNA strand breakage. Study abstract.
  10. Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis. Recent research showed that at least 4 cups of coffee a day may help protect against the development and reoccurrence of MS. It is believed that the coffee prevents the neural inflammation that possibly leads to the disease developing. The study was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
  11. Coffee reduces colorectal cancer risk. Even moderate consumption of coffee can reduce the odds of developing colorectal cancer by 26%. This protective benefit increases with more consumption. The study is described in detail here.

Recent research has also shown that coffee may boost a woman’s sex drive, but the fact that it’s only been tested on rats somehow takes the shine off.

8 More Reasons to Drink Coffee

New research concerning coffee and health is being conducted all the time. Here are some more of the latest studies.

  1. Reduced Liver Cancer Risk: Researchers at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center found that those that consume 1-3 cups of coffee a day have a 29% reduced risk of developing liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which is the most common type. Src.
  2. Less Gout Risk: Yet another reason: Risk for developing gout (in men) decreases with increasing coffee consumption. This is a large study of over 50,000 men (link).
  3. Longevity: Greek boiled coffee linked to longevity and heart health. –link. Another study published in the June 17, 2008, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that women who consume coffee had a lower risk of death from cancer, heart disease, and other factors, which therefore promotes a longer lifespan. Yet another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that coffee drinkers were at less risk of dying prematurely from diseases like diabetes, heart disease and forms of cancer. Study link. Another study from Japan found that men who drink at least 3 cups of coffee per day have a 24% less risk of dying early from disease. Yet another study from Harvard also confirmed that those who drink 1-5 cups of coffee a day avoid diseases linked to premature death. The study.The study.
  4. Prevents Retinal Damage. A Cornell University Study showed that coffee may prevent retinal damage due to oxidative stress. Caffeine isn’t the culprit here, but chlorogenic acid (CLA), which is one of the strong antioxidants found in the coffee bean. link
  5. Black coffee prevents cavities. Researchers out of Brazil found that strong black coffee kills the bacteria on teeth that leads to tooth decay. Adding milk or sugar to coffee negates this benefit. –link
  6. Coffee may protect against periodontal disease. As part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Longitudinal Study coffee consumption and dental health among 1,152 men was tracked from 1968-1998. The researchers found that coffee didn’t promote gum disease and actually showed a protective benefit. Link
  7. Coffee may protect against melanoma. A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that melanoma risk decreases with coffee consumption and that this risk decreases with each cup consumed. Study link.
  8. The USDA’s new 2015 dietary guidelines recommend it for better health. They advise people that having 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day is good for their overall health and reduces the risk of disease. However, they report that adding sugar, cream, or flavored creamers quickly negates the potential benefits. The complete report here.(pdf)
  9. Reduced heart attack mortality risk. Researchers found that those who drink two or more cups of coffee daily after having a heart attack have the least risk of dying from the heart attack. The study.

Coffee’s Health Promoting Antioxidants

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Coffee Berries

Coffee’s health promoting properties are likely due to the antioxidants naturally occurring in the coffee bean.

  • A typical serving of coffee contains more antioxidants than typical servings of grape juice, blueberries, raspberries, and oranges.
  • Antioxidants in coffee may dampen inflammation, reducing the risk of disorders related to it, like cardiovascular disease.
  • A study from Monash University even further demonstrated the antioxidant capacities of brewed coffee.

Just drink decaf then?

While there are still some health benefits to drinking decaf coffee, most of the above studies showed that caffeinated coffee had the greatest benefits.

This is due to many of the antioxidants being removed during the decaffeination process.

How Safe or Beneficial is Coffee Then?

For most people, coffee can be a healthy part of the diet and there is no reason to not enjoy a couple cups a day unless you can’t control your consumption.

However, coffee may not be beneficial for everyone. Those with certain heart conditions, caffeine sensitivity, and woman who are pregnant should stick to decaf or tea.

Also, those that drink coffee in excess may be negating some of the benefits because of the large amounts of caffeine they are consuming.  These people may benefit from a caffeine detox to reset their caffeine tolerance to more moderate levels.

The key is moderation, which is typically 2-3 cups a day, to get the coffee health benefits but avoid the negative issues associated with too much caffeine.

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  • Maya

    For each of those “benefits” listed, there are many undesirable effects. And there are other foods that can produce those benefits much more effectively. Besides, they are all just correlations. Considering the percentage of our population that drinks coffee, you really think those disease statistics (diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer) are any better than they would be if no one drank coffee? The fact stands that caffeine is not an essential nutrient, it is a drug. And drugs should be used to treat a condition. People who are habitual coffee drinkers are drug addicts. Maybe in not an obscene albeit honest way as a heroin addict, but still an addict. People forget that like the tobacco lobby, pharmaceutical lobby, there is a coffee lobby. And they’re out to make sure that many people are hooked up as possible, of course, they don’t receive much attention, because EVERYONE is drinking it. The author of this article is probably a corporate shill. I’ll enjoy a coffee on occasion. But no thanks, I’m fine without coffee.

  • ted

    No corporate shills here, lol 🙂

  • Oluwatosin Omoniyi

    Coffee drinkers are positive minded people, no wonder why Maya is on the negative side. Even the water you drink is drug so Maya, make it a day with a Cup of coffee.

  • Chan Kong Loon

    I love to drink coffee too. It keep me more mentally alert as I have to drive a school van.

  • Logan

    7 Good Reasons To Drink Coffee? and at the top right hand corner it says ‘Death by Caffeine’ sounds like a trusted website to me.

  • STEVE S

    COFFE CONSTIPATES ME

  • juana greaves

    I agree coffee is good for you if you drink it in moderation.

  • gfd

    as far as stimulants go coffee isnt that great,

  • As to why you should drink coffee, there are 9.5 real reasons. Number 6 and 9 are my two main reasons. http://themorningcoffeecup.com/why-you-should-drink-coffee/

  • starbucks

    sponsored by starbucks.

  • Ted

    we wish 🙂

  • Sor Mean

    Have been dinking caffee since i was a kid, It alert me in diary life.

  • maria

    I love coffee everyday!!!

  • Rachmat Tubagus

    i agree coffee is very useful for health. but it’s important to know how to drink coffee safely to get benefit from the coffee. I have read article about it in here http://howtomaketips.blogspot.com/2015/04/tips-how-to-drink-coffe-safely.html

  • shruthi

    Being wooed by seeing so many health benefits about coffee as general…. oh good need so many reviews….

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  • Catha Mayor Lamm

    It is not accurate to say USDA reports “that adding sugar, cream, or flavored creamers quickly negates the potential benefits.” The report only warns people to be careful about the extra calories.

  • Miss_McNeely

    coffee makes women horny

  • Patriot Legion

    2 or 3 cups a day I think is very misleading.
    Are we talking Espresso? Filter coffee? Moka pot coffee?
    I would say 2 or 3 cups is too much unless its very diluted coffee.
    Already 2 cups is pushing it if you drink regular strong coffee.

  • Juan Miguel

    Nutrients can, in fact, be found in the coffee brew. Few of them, perhaps, but
    they do exist somewhere in coffee. Think of it along the line of bacon
    being listed as a meat product on a nutritional chart.
    http://coffeelounge.net/health-benefits-of-coffee/

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References

  • Bakuradze, T., Lang, R., Hofmann, T., Eisenbrand, G., Schipp, D., Galan, J., & Richling, E. (2014). Consumption of a dark roast coffee decreases the level of spontaneous DNA strand breaks: a randomized controlled trial. European journal of nutrition, 54(1), 149-156.
  • Troup, G. J., Navarini, L., Liverani, F. S., & Drew, S. C. (2015). Stable Radical Content and Anti-Radical Activity of Roasted Arabica Coffee: From In-Tact Bean to Coffee Brew. study link
  • Saito, E., Inoue, M., Sawada, N., Shimazu, T., Yamaji, T., Iwasaki, M., ... & Tsugane, S. (2015). Association of coffee intake with total and cause-specific mortality in a Japanese population: the Japan Public Health Center–based Prospective Study. The American journal of clinical nutrition, ajcn104273.
  • Hedström, A. K., Mowry, E. M., Gianfrancesco, M. A., Shao, X., Schaefer, C. A., Shen, L., ... & Alfredsson, L. (2016). High consumption of coffee is associated with decreased multiple sclerosis risk; results from two independent studies. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, jnnp-2015. nnp.bmj.com/content/early/2016/02/03/jnnp-2015-312176.short