Coffee & Health

Coffee is an important part of many Canadians’ daily lives. Countless studies in recent years have shown that coffee has a wealth of health benefits.

The latest review in the New England Journal of Medicine references 95 studies on coffee and health. The resulting evidence concluded that coffee may help ward off chronic illness and can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

A recent UK study, led by Professor Steffen Petersen,  states that “coffee consumption can positively relate to health and well-being.” The study of over 8,000 people  “debunks previous studies that claimed drinking coffee increases arterial stiffness” and was presented on June 3rd at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference.

A study published on July 2, 2018, in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that coffee may boost chances for a longer life. The research shows that those who consume coffee had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers. According to the study’s lead researcher, “We observed an inverse association for coffee drinking with mortality, including among participants who reported drinking at least one cup per day, up to eight or more cups per day, as well as those drinking filtered, instant and decaffeinated coffee”.

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.

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.

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.