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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 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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