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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 #4: Coffee can cure your headache. 

Headache? Call it a woman’s problem or blame it on hormones, but women do get more headaches than men. No worries. Just drink a cup of coffee. Caffeine boosts the activity of brain cells and causes surrounding blood vessels to constrict. The constriction helps to relieve the pressure that causes the pain. About 200 milligrams of caffeine, the amount in 16 ounces of brewed coffee, provides relief from cluster headaches and migraines.

Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health

Benefit #5: Coffee also helps us maintain our beauty.

Its high level of antioxidants helps our body repair damaged cells caused by free radicals. There is also a compound in coffee called Trigonelline that prevents dental cavities. It is responsible for the coffee’s aroma and bitter taste but it has antibacterial and anti-adhesive properties that help prevent dental cavities from forming. In fact, coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in American diets.

Benefit #6: Believe it or not, coffee is also said to have lowered the risk of committing suicide by 60% for women.

A study of 86,000 women, led by researcher Ichiro Kawachi, M. D., showed that 2 cups of coffee per day can reduce the likelihood to commit suicide by 60%. Hmmm, maybe that’s because caffeine increases the production of dopamine that boosts energy and cuts depression.

Coffee is great in moderation. But just like any other substance, different individuals feel different effects.

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Rebecca Ariane Givens 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: 79 Comments

  1. Hillary Williams

    I appreciate the information you shared here. I read about this from a research and I got scared, “Caffeine is considered a psychoactive drug since it stimulates the central nervous system and alters mood and behavior.”

  2. Christine Wiggin

    It’s amazing how caffeine can impact our “pleasure centers” improving our mood and keeping us hooked.

  3. Jennifer Kirkpatrick

    According to a study conducted by Dr. Brain, “Women who are regular coffee consumers have been shown to have less depression.” But he says too much coffee can have the opposite effect, causing anxiety and restlessness.

  4. Agnes Hoots

    A cliché as it might sounds: Too much of any good thing can be bad for you!

  5. Edwina Thornhill

    Based on experience, too much coffee causes “bad breath…” Or is it because I’m drinking it a lot on an empty stomach?!

  6. Blanche Martina

    Coffee always has weird negative effects on my body, so happy I rarely drink it anymore

  7. Jodi Thil

    The effects of coffee are greater when consumed between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM, apparently. But I’m still going to drink it now 🙂

  8. Osana Smith

    I drink coffee so much that I don’t even think the caffeine effects me anymore 😩

  9. Jossen Row

    why do I only feel the effects of coffee like 8 hours after I drink it what kinda science is that?

  10. Johnnie Bradford

    desperately trying to not drink coffee today and the effects of the withdrawal are already hitting me hard

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