Ten Health Benefits of Coffee

Ten Health Benefits of Coffee
By: Erin Stair, MD, MPH

Ten health benefits of coffee? You bet! With research to back it up. Many people bash coffee as a wellness no-no, but I take a different approach. I think coffee, in moderation, is gold for your health- specifically black gold. I drink 2-5 cups a day, but the recommended dose is lower ( 2-3 cups a day.)  I have very low blood pressure, which can make me feel sluggish and depressed, so coffee helps me both mentally and physically. Coffee also gives me a much needed boost in creativity and significantly enhances my ability to focus. I’m a runner and struggle with asthma ( now mild) so I drink black coffee before long runs, because it is a natural bronchodilator. That means it helps open our lungs and makes it easier to breathe. We all have to figure out the right dose of coffee for ourselves- most likely through a lot of trial and error.

Here are ten health benefits of coffee that you may not have been aware of.  All studies were recent publications, unless otherwise stated, and please note that the methodology if each study varies greatly in terms of quality. This means that some studies were superior to others, but I had to get to 10, okay?  😉

1. If you struggle with low mood or depression, coffee, studies show coffee lowers the risk of depression .  

I struggle with depressive feelings and use coffee as a “boost” to get my mind and nervous system oiled for the day. Simply put, I think moving is an antidote to depression, and coffee helps me move. I wouldn’t drink coffee at night, because it has a very long half life and can keep you up. Insomnia makes depression worse, and can even cause depression itself. But 1-2 cups of coffee in the morning? Heck yeah.

2. Coffee lowers the risk of oral, pharynx, liver, colon, prostate, endometrial cancer and melanoma.

Although it was shown to increase the risk of lung cancer, which might not actually be the case: My speculation is that people who smoke also drink a lot of coffee, so smoking confounded the relationship.

3. Coffee lowers the risk of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, due to its component, Quercetin.

Both of these illnesses are increasing, so keep this tip in mind.

4. High consumption of coffee lowers the risk of Multiple Sclerosis  

5. Spent coffee grounds protect the skin against the aging effects of UVB-radiation  

This is why I always save my coffee grounds and use them on my face. You don’t need to drop tons of $$$$ on skin products. Plus, spent coffee grounds still contain the active anti-oxidant properties.

 6. Coffee reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes by reducing the insulin response. 

This is why you might want to drink coffee after or during a meal, but be careful that it doesn’t keep you awake at night.

7. Drinking coffee before lifting weights can improve your performance and give you a better workout.

I always drink coffee before working out at the gym. Always. Coffee is also a natural bronchodilator. If you have asthma, keep this tip in mind!

8. Coffee may help prevent liver damage

9. Drinking coffee results in longer telomere length, meaning it may slow down the aging process and take years off your face.  

10. Coffee drinkers live longer 


By the way, folks often ask me what brand of coffee I drink. My favorite is Brass Bullet Coffee. It’s not only a veteran-owned company, but they make brews from all around the world. I highly recommend it. The worst thing you can do is drink bad coffee. Now, take these ten health benefits of coffee and go impress some folks with your wisdom.

For reviews on coffees and coffee-makers, check out this great site, Owly Choice.

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One Response to “Ten Health Benefits of Coffee”

  1. This is great stuff. From now on, coffee precedes my workouts. Not sure how my trainer will feel about it… but… I’m not that worried about that!

    Out here in Fargo we have a place called Petro-Serve that sells a “Coffee For Life” mug. You simply buy their fairly inexpensive coffee mugs (I go for the 20 oz’ers at $3.99 a piece) and you can come in any time and fill up your mug for free!

    I had been abstaining for a while and only began drinking it again because I’m working on getting back on the road. After reading this, though, I think I’ll pick it up some more.

    By the way, I think it IS important to point out the importance of drinking water. My experience is that coffee can be rather dehydrating, noticably so, at times. As I’ve started imbibing again, I’ve been making sure (usually) to drink water as I drink my coffee.

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