Coffee Health Benefits, Side Effects

Nov 03, 2017

Is coffee a health blessing or addictive curse?

Scientific studies seem to come out on both sides, but at Earth Clinic you can listen to the voice of traditional natural wisdom to tease out the difference between coffee health facts and fiction.

So just what is the complementary and alternative medicine take on coffee's health benefits? As with most things, moderation seems to be the correct choice with coffee. Excess amounts of coffee overload the body with caffeine and acidity, both of which can throw off the body's homeostasis, increase inflammation, and cause long-term and immediate health side effects. However, plenty of research likewise shows diverse health benefits from coffee for most people.

Coffee Health Facts

Altogether, nutritionists believe that coffee offers more health benefits than negative side effects. First of all, coffee is absolutely chock-full of antioxidants, among 1,000 organic compounds in this complex seed. Some of the best evidence in support of coffee's health benefits indicate that it greatly reduces your changes of developing type 2 diabetes. Regular coffee consumption has also been shown to reduce your risk profile for stroke, Parkinson's Disease, dementia, heart arrhythmia's, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, Alzheimer's, and cardiovascular disease. However, the caffeine in coffee is a natural stimulant that can cause jitteriness, profuse sweating, and heart palpitations. Likewise, coffee can act as a diuretic and can reduce the body's supply of potassium.

In the end, you will have to make your own personal choice about coffee and your health, but continue to read below to get advice from Earth Clinic experts and peers.




Alzheimer's Disease  

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Posted by John (Glasgow, UK) on 07/19/2008
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Drinking coffee has been tipped as a possible way of delaying and even preventing Alzheimer's disease in previous research. However these studies have only ever involved a small number of people and were reliant on participants remembering how much tea and coffee they drank earlier in their lives.

This latest study showed that cognitive decline was significantly less among people who drank three cups of coffee every day. These findings add weight to the body of existing evidence suggesting long-term caffeine intake may have a protective effect against the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

It is too soon to say our morning coffee or afternoon cup of tea is anything more than a pleasant pick-me-up. It is important to now research further how caffeine consumption impacts on dementia risk.

Replied by Linda
Omaha, Ne
11/02/2017

I disagree that coffee helps to prevent alzheimers; I know several people with alzheimers and all of them were coffee drinkers. I think it is a selling tool to get people to buy coffee.

Replied by Tina
Princeton
11/03/2017

Whether or not coffee helps in preventing Alzheimer's, I think commercial coffee sold in supermarkets and over-priced coffee shops are different in quality than organic, single-farm, shade grown coffee. The former types of coffee is said to have mold. I switched to a brand as suggested here by EC posters and the difference, not just in taste but also well being is striking.

Replied by Bethany
Mi
11/03/2017

True. Both my parents drank coffee faithfully and both had Alzheimer's.


Asthma  

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Posted by Tiffany (Weymouth MA) on 10/16/2005
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If you have asthma and you do not have your inhaler with u drink a hot cup of black coffee to stop an asthma attack.


Bad Breath  

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Posted by Sp (Nashville, Tn) on 05/19/2010
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Chew on coffee bean for bad breath. It really does works and works better than breath mints. I used to carry mints in my purse, now I carry coffee bean with me. A friend of mine from Ethiopia told me about this. She said that coffee bean even works on garlic breath. So I tried it and she was right.


Coffee And Cleanse Diets  

Posted by Maryo (Crystal Lake, Il) on 05/13/2013

Is it really necessary to not have a cup of black coffee in the morning while on a semi-cleanse diet? Reading that coffee is an acid substance & we want to load our bodies w/alkaline substances, but can't I have just 6oz, black, to get past the headachy, blah withdrawal? Doing a Spiru-tein smoothie with almond milk, blueberries & mango in the morning. Delicious green smoothie at lunch & veggies at dinner. No dairy, some small amounts of evoo & coconut oil. Snacking on fruits in between. I'm dying w/o a little caffeine...

P.S. do we think it's ok to use apple cider vinegar for salad dressing while "cleansing"?

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Anon
05/14/2013

Hi, I sympathise it's tough reducing your coffee intake but it's necessary as coffee removes all the water soluble vitamins from your body every time you drink it. So best to cut it out - it's best to cut it out gradually at first get down to one a day then I a week. I am at the once a week stage and am a bit stuck- now I notice I feel grumpy and or tired afterwards and take b vits and spoonful of Bsm to make up for it. Good luck


Coffee Enema  

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Posted by Dave (Denham Springs, La) on 10/10/2013
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I was wanting to ask a question in regards to high blood pressure. I have checked my blood pressure about 10 times a day. It ran 116/66 to 120/75 most of the time. Then one day last week after blood test I saw my alt was 64 and my bilirubn was 1.09. So I decided to do a coffee enema which I have done many time with no real problem. This last time about an hour after I did it, I noticed I feel bad so I took my bp and it was 140/84 so I kept checking it off an on over the next hr and it kept going high and then back down normal to low. I went to bed and in the morning I noticed as I moved around it started going up and down again then it stopped by noon and remained perfect.

The next day I felt hot or flush checked it again and it was 150/89 a little while later its bacck at 120/73. Any thoughts as to why after the enema it would change?

Oh, I was told about 6 yrs ago that I had a 4.3 cm growth in my liver. I also was told I had adenocarcinoma of the pancreas and they told me I had 2.5 to 3 weeks to live. In Jan of 2013 a holistic dr did some bloood test because I had some spells with a drawing in my cheek and mouth he said he thought I was passing blood clots. Then he told me that he thought I had viral chf. Anyway was wondering what your thoughts where.

Oh, I do take 3 natto-k a day 3 virus stop 4 80 billion ultra flora. 1 -1000mg lypo-spheric vit c 500 mg b12. Beta glucan 3 times a day. 3 hawthorn cap a day. 3 chromium and vanadium. 1 cq10 cap 3x a day. 1 chelated zinc a day. 2 fish oil 3 x aday. 1 micro max seaweed cap. 1 magnesium 2x aday. I drink a couple fresh juiced carrot, beet, galic, dandelion, ginger a day. I also take a tonic of the garlic, lemon, ginger, acv, honey 1 table spoon a day. I eat no meat or fish no animal product. All vegan I drink italian still mineral water 33. 8 fl oz 3 times a day. And 1 papaya leaf tea a day. Hey, thx for your time and feed back.

Replied by Nanowriter
Hotspot, Texas
10/10/2013

Hi Dave, I just got done reading a very interesting book by a guy called Matt Stone. He has a theory that we all drink way too much fluid and that this is lowering our basal metabolism. One sign of LBM is high blood pressure and he mentioned that one could get excess fluid was through enemas! Take your temperature and see if it is low.

Replied by Oscar
Syracuse, New York
10/11/2013

Gee, Why not just stop with the coffee enamas if they cause your blood pressure to rise? Are you guys playing this for laughs or what? If you are you got a laugh out of me....Oscar

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
10/12/2013

Hello Dave from Denham Springs.

To answer your question about why would an enema cause an increse in your BP... it didn't.

You used enemas in the past as cleansers... That is apparent from your post, correct? And no problems, correct? Despite the tumor issues in Liver and Pancreas. And those tumors were diagnosed years ago you say. So I take it you've given yourself cleaning enemas before and this time was to clean for bilirubn level.

Coffee cleaning enemas are a major part of the protocol in some very good anti cancer protocols... Dr Nick Gonzales (one of my alt med heros) and the enemas are universal with his patients who all have tumors. The point is, all his cancer patients take enemas but the enemas don't cause hight BP issues. SO... The tumors didn't cause the high BP. (Otherwise Gonzales could not have all his patients on coffee enemas, right?)

So...what is the cause of the BP. Did the enema cause the increase... And I said NO. Then what did?

First, don't confuse relationship in time with causation. (Example: My hair has turned grey in the last 25 years. I have used the same barber who cuts it every two or three weeks. When he started cutting my hair, it was brown. Now it is grey. Hence, the barber caused my hair to turn grey.)

Dave, it could be that your BP was headed up at about the same time as the enema. Previous enemas had not caused an increase.

Something else is going on and the enema and the BP rise happened in approximately the same time frame.

Treat this as a BP issue; look on the EC site under BP ailments and check out all the remedies for BP problems. I keep mine at 107 or so by using natural E, manesium, selenium, argenine, hawthorn, CoQ 10, cayenne caps. You know... the heart stuff.

I do sprint exercises. I do NOT do distance running that keeps the heart going for long periods of time. That type of exercise will harden the heart with time (See Dr Mercola's recent article on this).

However, I not recomment you do another enema right away because you'd be so up tight about it that your BP might go up out of anxiety. I'm assuming you are doing an enema correctly... Not over 15 minutes with the liquid in you... Largely lying on your left side, although body position can vary but the left side is the Kelly/ Gonzales method, and surely you are not using too much liquid... Two or three cups?

And are you on meds for your tumors... meds as we all know can cause BP problems.

Dave from Fountain Inn

Replied by Dave
Denham Springs La
10/26/2013

Hey, thx for all the replys. As far as quiting the coffee enemas I wouldn't dare do that there to vital to my healing. I don't take any meds at all not for over six years. Not even so much as an asprin. the thing that I thought may have happened was perhaps a stone blocked a duct or a blood clot dislodged. Just thought I would throw it out there for others opinion. I haven't had it happen again since then. Thx again for the feed back.

Replied by Alex
Romania
02/19/2015
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In my view you suppplement with isolated chemicals. Not a good thing. Ialso agree that coffee enemas could not be the main culprit in this because usually they lower the blood pressure. Also there is a posibility of temporary supratoxicity by the detox reaction which in my imagination drains from inside the cells into the circulatory system.

In my view the first thing to do is to go on a ancient weston price diet . That means ancient cooking and ancient food and experiment with that. The tumors in my view should have been erased in maximum 2-6 months entirely .

I suggest weston price diet +coffee enemas + herbs. This is the easy way there could be harder ways like fasting , juice fasting, water fast, vinegar, salt water flush , ketogenic and stay out of the isolated chemical supplements even if they are natural. hipertension means supratoxicity in the body and the supplements and bad food which you're ingesting besides the good food that you mentioned is most certain to blame for hipertension.


Coffee Enemas  

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Posted by Lisa (Wichita Kansas)
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i do regular coffee enemas. they keep my bowels clean, my face clear and give me energy, i have been doing them for 4 years now.


Coffee Metabolism  

Posted by Jholl (Louisville, Kentucky) on 03/23/2013 21 posts

I recently had some DNA testing done. The results came back along with health information. I learned there is a genetic tendency for slow caffeine metabolism or fast caffeine metabolism. It turns out I am a slow metabolizer for caffeine. This means I should probably never have caffeine past the morning hours since it takes much longer for the caffeine to leave my body. I just thought that might be valuable for others to know.


Coffee Withdrawal  

Posted by Jess (Michigan, US) on 12/14/2014

I have a bad headache because I have not had coffee in two days. Is there anything natural that might help? Niacin maybe? I was drinking 2-3 cups a day.

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Usa
12/15/2014

I am really curious...what is your age and why did you stop drinking coffee?

Try some B-Complex.


Exfoliate  

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Posted by Jolie du Pre (Chicago, IL) on 02/05/2008
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A cure for dry skin is to exfoliate. There is no need to buy a product from the store. Use the grounds left over from your daily cup of coffee. Keep the coffee grounds in a container with a lid and store the container in your bathroom. Apply the coffee grounds in the shower. It's messy, but the grounds will not clog your drain. Use the grounds all over your body, including your face. Coffee grounds are full of antixodiants. It's a great cure for cellulite as well.

Replied by Nickieb
London, Uk
10/07/2015

I love thrifty tips and this is a good one. I also recently learned, after years of frustration, that the grounds are also great for keeping slugs away from plants.

For years I was a total coffee addict, even the ghastly stuff from machines. As a result my adrenals became depleted resulting in hyperthyroid problems. The endocrine system is so complicated and critical that imbalance can result in any number of issues. While healing I abandoned the coffee but it's far too good to give up entirely so now it's an occasional treat, and only a top quality one will do.


Gout  

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Posted by Wayne (Welland, Ontario, Canada) on 08/25/2007
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I am writing regarding gout which i now suffer from. Having read many accounts of coffee being a problem I have now seen a new study which states that drinking 4-6 cups a day actually may prevent gout. 40% fewer incidence of gout in heavy coffee drinkers. This was a 12 year study of 40 plus males done in British Columbia, Canada published in the Journal of Rheumatology. It seems the benefits were almost equal for decaffeinated coffee as well.


Health Benefits  

Posted by Coffee Drinker (Anon) on 02/16/2013

Hi, Can anyone tell me why coffee is so bad for us? Does it affect insulin production? Does it make us fat? Personally I feel hungry afterwards even if I've eaten already.. And sometimes I feel grumpy afterwards too. Is there any interesting research? Is it full of toxins/ mould ? Does it deplete lots of vitamins and minerals? I have cut down but finding it hard to give up. Thanks for your feedback x

Replied by Steve
Las Vegas, Nv Nevada
02/17/2013

Coffee does all the bad things you mentioned as well as putting extra stress on the adrenals. I used to drink almost a quart in the morning everyday for many years until I wound up with adrenal exhaustion. Felt like I was going to die. I recovered through tons of energy work and nutritional balancing/juicing, herbs etc. Took me a year to feel close to normal again. Now I drink Cafix which is a decent substitute. No it doesn't really taste like a great cup of coffee but at least I feel like I can have something reminiscent of coffee in the morning.


Pink Eye  

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Posted by Sam (Hershey, PA) on 05/27/2008
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Remedy/Cure: brewed black coffee for conjunctivitis

How to Use: Brew a cup or two of coffee as strong and dark as possible. Dip a clean cotton ball in the warm coffee. Gently wipe the coffee saturated cotton ball over infected eye so coffee runs into the eye. Wipe over several times and if needed repeat with a new cotton ball. The coffee can be saved in a container for 24 hours, but be sure container is clean. DO NOT contaiminate coffee by placing used cotton ball back into coffee! Be sure to warm coffee before each use.

How often: I used this treatment once every two hours for three days. Treatment can be done more frequently to alleviate itch and inflamation associated with pink eye.

My experience: I payed $21 (USD) for a bottle of antibiotic eyedrops. I used them for the ten days as recomended. I was not cured at the end of the ten days and suffered each day with red, sore, goopy, itchy eyes because the drops didn't even alleviate the symptoms of pink eye. I used the coffee for three days and from the first treatment I was no longer suffering.