Advertisement

What are the health benefits of drinking coffee?

While some studies have uncovered a few of the negative effects of coffee, other studies have suggested that this beverage may have some pretty great health benefits. Some research suggests it may even reduce diabetes risk. So don't feel you have to kick coffee to the curb. You might just want to pass if you're taking the day off from your eat-healthy diet.

Moderate coffee intake—about one to four cups daily—actually carries some health benefits. One Iowa Women's Health study tracking 27,000 women over 15 years found that the risk of cardiovascular disease dropped by 24 percent among those who drank one to three cups of coffee a day. Other research shows coffee can help ward off uterine and breast cancer in women and slash the risk of liver cancer. People at risk for type 2 diabetes also can benefit: Two studies show coffee—both decaf and regular—reduces the risk of the disease by up to 50 percent.

Are you one of the more than 100 million Americans who routinely drink coffee as part of your daily routine? If so, you may actually be doing something good for your health, not just staying alert.

According to several studies, coffee drinkers have a lower rate of type-two diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. A recent study from Harvard University included data from more than 120,000 people and found that drinking one to three cups of coffee per day dropped risk of diabetes by single digits but drinking six cups or more dropped risk by 30 percent in women and 54 percent in men.

Other studies have shown a reduced risk of Parkinson's disease, cirrhosis, gallstones and colon cancer in those who drink coffee on a regular basis. You certainly don't need to go on a caffeine kick to reduce your risk of these diseases, but if you're already drinking coffee in moderation, you can enjoy knowing it may have some health benefits.

Drinking coffee helps fight diabetes and depression. One study found that five cups of coffee per day for two months were associated with metabolic benefits. A different study found that drinking more than two cups of coffee daily helps reduce depression in women.

Ximena Jimenez
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

If you needed an excuse to drink coffee; you now have four reasons. Coffee is a good source of magnesium, potassium, vitamin B3 and antioxidants. It seems that the antioxidants in coffee are responsible for all its health benefits. Recent research shows that moderate coffee consumption may help decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes, parkinson's disease and breast cancer in premenopausal women. Make sure you include other sources of antioxidants: veggies, fruits, legumes and whole grains in your diet.

Continue Learning about Coffee & Health

Enjoy a Cup of Coffee to Boost Your Health
Enjoy a Cup of Coffee to Boost Your Health
Americans drink around 146 billion cups of coffee annually, so it’s a good thing that the morning booster has plenty of health benefits. A review publ...
Read More
What Are the Health Risks of Too Much Caffeine?
What Are the Health Risks of Too Much Caffeine?
Caffeine and Prostate Cancer
Caffeine and Prostate Cancer
Can Coffee Prevent Cancer?
Can Coffee Prevent Cancer?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.