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Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health

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

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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: 139 Comments

  1. Edith Glover

    Coffee is so delicious that there HAS to be downsides to it!

  2. Angie Becker

    I drink black coffee once a day. I’ve heard health benefits and side effects. I’m torn. Would sticking to a cup a day reduce the negative effects and still give you the health benefits needed?

  3. Muriel Vargas

    Thanks for a very thoughtfully written-article!!!

  4. Dianne Copeland

    There are many other beneficial drinks out there, so if you have hypertension, leaky bladder, touchy stomach, or are pregnant… AVOID COFFEE!

  5. Lillian Arnold

    Informative article! Coffee has significant health benefits but can have negative side effects if one drinks TOO MUCH!

    • Melba Harrington

      Yeah, the key here is MODERATION! ☕️

  6. Margaret Palmer

    So confusing! While many people joke that they can’t function without coffee, others would say they hate it!

  7. Dixie Castro

    I gave up coffee due to some digestive problems. I switched to tea (I read it has less caffeine). The first three days was painful for me, I felt tired (withdrawal syndrome?! I don’t know)… But I guess my body adjusted, I feel better today and digestive problems have improved.

  8. Betty Young

    My bad, I’ve been averaging four cups of coffee per day 🙁

  9. Irene Evans

    Coffee has been both praised and mocked for centuries and I feel great to read scientifically-proven benefits of coffee.

  10. Margaret Ross

    Indeed, for every benefit is a disadvantage!

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