Coffee's Shocking Health Benefits & Risks


Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health

My morning routine: Wake up. Take a shower. Drink coffee. …and then more coffee.


Benefit #1: Coffee is a drink for the heart.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women over 65 years of age and American women are 4 to 6 times more likely to die of heart disease than of breast cancer. But thanks to the antioxidants in coffee, moderate coffee drinkers (those who consume 1 to 3 cups every day) have lower rates of stroke than non-coffee drinkers.

Benefit #2: Coffee helps regulate blood sugar, boosts our cells sensitivity to insulin, and diverts diabetes.

Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health

On the estimated 24 million Americans that have diabetes, about half are women. We can get type 2 diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and when having a baby with birth weight more than 9 pounds. We are at risk for diabetes as we perform our motherhood role! But thanks to coffee, antioxidants like chlorogenic acid and quinides help improve the body’s response to insulin.

Benefit #3: Coffee boosts our brain power.

Coffee has caffeine that boosts concentration and alertness. Studies also have it that drinking 1 to 5 cups of coffee a day may help reduce risks of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. The antioxidants in coffee protect against brain cell damage by helping the neurotransmitters involved in cognitive function to work better.

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Rebecca is Urbanette's Beauty and Health Editor. She is an expert in all things related to beauty, holistic health, organic food, toxins and fitness. She is a part-time model and nutritionist who grew up in Canada and now lives in Brooklyn, with her boyfriend David.

Reader Discussion: 100 Comments

  1. Kimberly Shaw

    It doesn’t matter if I get 3 hours of sleep or 10, coffee always does the trick to get me going. Hearing that 7:30 alarm for class might make you want to cry, but just think about the Keurig brewing you a nice cup of coffee to get you ready to take on anything. Wakey wakey!

  2. I love coffee! I love how it tastes. I love how it feels going down. I love the whole ritual around drinking coffee, whether brewing it myself or sitting in a coffee house with a nice hot cup of Joe and a book or a friend to catch up with. And I love how it feels after I drink it…until I don’t. I enjoy coffee when taken in small amounts, but I can usually tell when I’ve gone over the threshold from just the right amount to too much.

  3. Sasha Smith

    I love coffee, but surprisingly I don’t drink it every day. In fact, during the work week, I drink mostly Tea!
    BUT, for me, coffee is about family. Waking up in the morning having my grandma brew the perfect cup, sitting out on the deck looking at the water with my book and my mug, making happy noises and drinking in the deliciousness.
    Coffee is also friends, catch ups, road trips, and late nights studying.
    Coffee is coffee no matter what good or bad in it. Coffee is just irresistible.

  4. Amy Bolden

    Some of this might be true, but some of it might not. We don’t know what’s real.


    Can cure a headache? I don’t think so. I drink coffee, and I had a headache after drinking that.

  6. Beatrice Schnabel

    I never drink coffee. My father said that it will make me look older because coffee destroys our veins. I’m afraid to look old, so that’s it.

  7. Michelle Fisher

    I don’t know what am I going to feel in this article. Should I feel happy because of the benefits, or sad because there are bad effects?

  8. Karen Smith

    There are benefits, but there are consequences too. Just so you know, coffee is not good for our body.

  9. Chris Moris

    Whoa. I will share this with my fellow coffee lovers! I didn’t expect these facts about coffee.

  10. Deborah Maynard

    Before, I can drink up to 8 glasses of coffee. Yep, I was addictive that time. My doctor said that I have to stop because my stomach is at risk.

    • Jewel Byars

      I heard the same problem as yours. Coffee can destroy your stomach.

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