Coffee & Health

Coffee-and-Health-OverviewWe love our coffee. People have been drinking it for centuries. And numerous studies show that coffee consumption can positively relate to health and well-being.

A massive Harvard led study of 200,000 people over a 30-year period concluded that drinking one to five cups of coffee per day was associated with fewer incidences of death from cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases and suicide.

Coffee also positively impacts physical as well as mental alertness and endurance, which is why it can be used to enhance athletic performance.

Completely independent studies carried out by the world’s most respected scientists over recent years have shown that coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of developing cancer at a number of body sites. In June 2016, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization, announced that coffee is no longer classified as a carcinogen.

Recent studies further support the preventative effect on neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee drinking has been related to a reduced risk of liver disease. And the presence of antioxidants in coffee may also be tied to a host of health benefits.

So the potential benefits of coffee consumption are far-reaching.

For those concerned about caffeine, a review undertaken by Health Canada scientists has re-confirmed that for the average adult, moderate daily caffeine intake at dose levels of 400 mg/day is not associated with any adverse effects. The recommendation for pregnant women is 300 mg/day.


The CAC is committed to providing accurate, scientifically validated information from reputable sources. This website is intended to relay the findings of independent research studies, and is not intended to make health claims or provide medical advice. If you have specific questions pertaining to your health, consult a medical professional.