Health

Is coffee healthy? Top 5 health benefits of coffee

July 17, 2020
6 minute read
Cristian Halati

In this blog, we answer the question "Is coffee healthy?" and discuss the most important health benefits of coffee that you should know.

Is coffee healthy? 

Coffee is the drink that has enjoyed an important role in human culture for over a thousand years and has undoubtedly secured a permanent place in our society as a highly celebrated and sought-after daily commodity.

We drink it for focus and increased productivity at work, but it is also indispensable from almost any social setting we find ourselves in.

But have you ever wondered just how healthy coffee is? Is coffee healthy to begin with? Or is your daily caffeine habit likely to cause you harm in the long run?

Good questions, and good news! Research points to many coffee health benefits. When enjoyed responsibly and in moderate amounts, the health benefits of coffee are considerable.

Read on to find out more about the benefits of coffee.

1.       Coffee may reduce the risk of all-cause mortality

All-cause mortality is simply defined as the mortality rate for all causes of death for a population, in a given time period. Simply put, when scientists compare groups of coffee drinkers with groups of non-coffee drinkers for a period of time, they find that coffee drinkers tend to have a lower risk of death across the board. The best effect was observed at 3 cups per day.

This likely occurs because of coffee’s many specific health benefits, which we’ll go into more detail below.

2.       Coffee may help prevent several chronic diseases

Further studies into the relationship between coffee and human health demonstrated that regular coffee consumption can help prevent several chronic diseases. This is another health benefit of coffee. Associations have been identified between regular moderate coffee consumption and a lower incidence of Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease and even Alzheimer’s disease.

3.       Coffee may reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke  

Studies also indicate that consuming three cups of coffee per day is consistently associated with a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Compared to non-drinkers, people had had 3 cups per day enjoyed a 19% reduction in risk of death from cardiovascular disease, 16% for coronary heart disease and 30% lower mortality risk from stroke.

4.      Regular coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of cancer

Other large analyses demonstrated that moderate consumption of coffee was associated with a lower risk of a wide range of cancers, from liver cancer, prostate to endometrial cancer and melanoma.  

5.      Coffee can keep your liver healthy

Regular and moderate coffee consumption has also been demonstrated to result in a lower risk of negative liver outcomes such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.

So there you go! The answer to the question "Is Coffee Healthy?" is a resounding yes!

How much coffee is too much? 

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this article, but the short summary is that when consumed in moderate amounts, coffee does indeed provide a range of health benefits. So long as you don’t go overboard with 8 espressos a day, you too will be able to enjoy this beverage and the health benefits it offers.

Brewing your own coffee at home and choosing to skip the sugar and cream and instead going for black coffee is a great way to squeeze even more health benefits out of coffee.

More Blogs

Dietary fibre: Why it’s important and how to get more into your diet

Generic vs. Brand-name medication

In this blog piece we discuss the differences between generic and brand medication, how generic medicines are marketed and whether their efficacy is similar to brand medication.

Read More

Further Reading

6 minute read

Menopause and HRT

Learn More
6 minute read

Salbutamol: uses, side effects and cautions

Learn More
5 minute read

Treatment options to help quit smoking

Learn More