Top 10 Caffeine Health Benefits

Coffee is full of caffeine, some 200-400mg per 100 grams. But what is caffeine and how does it affect our bodies.

Caffeine is a powerful drug and we’re going to look into the top 10 health benefits you get from it.

Remember though, like a lot of drugs, caffeine can be addictive and excessive consumption can have significant effects on your health.

We’re not doctors, so please do your own research before acting upon this information, especially if you’re expecting a baby.

1. Caffeine’s link to preventing cancer

Regular coffee drinking decreases the risk of developing multiple types of cancer. Cancer being one of the biggest groups of diseases in the modern day, its reassuring that everyday products such as coffee are showing signs of reducing the risk of developing it.

Research is shown that even small amounts of caffeine consumed on a regular basis can reduce the likelihood of developing multiple types of cancer; such as breast, colon, skin and liver [Source]

Natural products that can be self administered are even more important when the usual drug treatment for such diseases is so aggressive and the side effects life-changing.

2. Caffeine can reduces the risk of developing liver disease.

One research paper has found that consumption of only a small amount of caffeine on a regular basis can have a significant reduction to the risk of developing advanced fibrosis:

An average daily intake of an estimated 100 mg of caffeine from coffee, tea, or soda was associated with an approximately one-third reduction in odds of advanced fibrosis, although higher intake did not seem to confer any additional benefit [Source]

When a liver becomes damaged it develops scar tissue, which cannot perform the normal function of the cells in the organ. This stage is called fibrosis. This damaged can come from alcohol consumption, environmental toxins or infections such as hepatitis B / C.

Fibrosis of the liver develops before the more serious form, cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis of the liver can cause liver failure, rupturing of the organ and even death.

Findings that report a ⅓ reduction in developing advanced fibrosis is fairly significant and has spurred on further medical and academic research into the area.

3. Caffeine helps prevent Kidney Stones

Caffeine reduces the risk of developing kidney stones. Kidney stones are usually a build up of calcium, ammonia or magnesium compounds within the kidney, ureter or bladder.

Scientists believe that by consuming caffeine a person is less likely to develop the formation of kidney stones as their urine becomes more diluted. Its important to note that the scientists found this is true even when caffeine comes from sources other than just coffee.

4. Drinking coffee decreases suicide risk

Researchers have found a correlation between drinking multiple cups of coffee in a week with decreased likelihood of carrying out a suicide attempt. [Source]

This is a remarkable link between the physiological and psychological aspects of the human body.

5. Caffeine improves reaction speed

Caffeine decreases reaction time and brain activity when you’re tired. Although it may seem obvious that the caffeine in coffee helps keep you awake but that doesn’t necessarily mean your cognitive abilities and reactions are maintained. A study using highly decorated soldiers exposed to no periods of prolonged sleep [Source] concluded:

“a total daily dose of 800 mg caffeine during successive overnight periods of wakefulness is an effective strategy to maintain cognitive function when optimal sleep periods during the day are not available.”

6. Caffeine benefits asthma sufferers

Caffeine opens up the airways of asthma sufferers. Scientists are found a significant link that caffeine consumption helps to open up and maintain the airways of asthma suffers, similarly to the effect a well prescribed drug, Theophylline, has.

This is also true for other respiratory problems such as emphysema and bronchitis.

The correlation between caffeine and Theophylline should be too surprising as manufacturers produce the drug using a derivative of caffeine, called Xanthines.

7. Coffee lowers the risk of stroke

Coffee lowers the risk of stroke in women. A large and significant study of almost 35,000 women showed that over 10 years, those who drank coffee on a regular basis were at a much lower risk of developing multiple cardiac conditions.

“coffee consumption was associated with a statistically significant lower risk of total stroke, cerebral infarction, and subarachnoid hemorrhage” [Source]

8. Coffee can help with weight loss

Coffee helps with weight loss and keeping the weight off once it’s been shed.

This is far more significant than just making people feel they look better, although the psychological aspect is still important.

Obesity is now a massive ‘pandemic’ affecting health services, so research into causes of improved weight loss are vital.

One sturdy summarised their findings as those who lost weight and then maintained their new weight “… reported to consume significantly more cups of coffee and caffeinated beverages compared with the participants in the general population sample” [Source]

9. Caffeine linked to preventing Parkinson’s disease

Reduces the likelihood of developing Parkinson’s disease. Researchers found that even those who were genetically pre proposed to developing Parkinson’s, those who consumed multiple cups of coffee a day were less likely to develop the common neurodegenerative disorder [Source].

In fact the reduction in risk was greatest with those genetically likely to develop Parkinson’s;

“Caffeine intake would significantly reduce the risk of PD much more in those with high genetic susceptibility compared to those with low genetic susceptibility”

10. Increases memory consolidation and retention

Several studies have shown that the consumption of coffee and caffeine can boost memory retention.

A recent study published in Nature Neuroscience concludes that adding caffeine to your diet can improve the neurological process that involves moving information from the short-term memory space into long-term memories, a process called memory consolidation [Source]

It should be noted that these studies into the neurological effects of caffeine consumption are usually quite small and further research is needed to explore the effects in more detail.

Summary of health benefits for caffeine

We can see from these top 10 effects that caffeine is a powerful drug that can lead to many health benefits when consumed even in small amounts, 100mg.

Like most drugs though, caffeine can be abused and addiction is easily possible.

If you’re pregnant then the usual advice is for expectant mothers to avoid most caffeine sources.

Further research into caffeine, and specifically the wonder of coffee, needs to occur, but initial research into light-to-moderate consumption suggest that caffeine is beneficial to the human body.

Drink up and enjoy.

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Caffeine Health Benefits

  1. Tabitha

    These are all great to remember! You mention the reduced cancer risk, and it’s interesting that it’s often specifically throat and mouth cancer risks that are actually cut by 50% in regular coffee drinkers!

  2. Paul Kaffie Post author

    Thanks for your comment Tabitha. It’s an amazing drink isn’t it. Do you have a link to some research on the specifics of throat and mouth cancer, I would be happy to update the article with it.

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