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Coffee Drinking: Health Benefits and Life Expectancy

Updated on January 07, 2017
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Linda Crampton is a teacher with an honours degree in biology. She enjoys exploring nutrition as well as the culture and history of food.

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A Healthy Beverage

Coffee has had a reputation as a delicious but not-very-healthy beverage for a long time. Recently though—to the joy of coffee lovers everywhere that the news has reached—it's been found to have some important health benefits. According to researchers, drinking coffee significantly reduces the risk of several serious diseases that are more likely to strike us as we grow older, including Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, prostate cancer, liver disease, liver cancer, one type of skin cancer, and dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

Experiencing fewer diseases, especially those that may be fatal, can do wonders for increasing our lifespan. It certainly seems that we would have a chance of living longer if we drank coffee regularly, but it would be nice to have evidence for this assumption. In May, 2012, The New England Journal of Medicine published the results of an almost fourteen year study of over 400,000 people. People who drank coffee every day were significantly less likely to die than non-coffee drinkers.

The survey has been criticized by some researchers, but others say that since it included so many people it's probably fairly accurate. In addition, more recent research has shown specific health benefits of coffee. Drinking coffee has its drawbacks, but according to the present state of our knowledge its potential benefits far outweigh its disadvantages.

Roasted Coffee Beans
Roasted Coffee Beans | Source

Coffee Drinking and Longevity

The survey of coffee drinkers published in The New England Journal of Medicine asked 400,000+ people to fill in a questionnaire at the start of the study. In this questionnaire people aged 50 to 71 reported on their coffee drinking habits. Those who had a serious illness were excluded from the study and the data from those who smoked was eliminated. After about 13.6 years the people were surveyed again to see if they were still alive.

In general, the survey showed that the greater the number of cups of coffee drunk in one day, the lower the chance of dying. This trend held true up to around four or five cups of coffee a day. At six cups a day the benefit was still present but had decreased slightly. The maximum decrease in death risk was 16% for women and 12% for men. The results were unaffected by whether the coffee was caffeinated or decaffeinated.

There have been criticisms of the study. First, as in any survey-type study, we can't prove that in every case coffee drinking kept someone alive; people may have lived longer because they had a healthier lifestyle than other people in the study or because they had genes that gave them longevity, for example. Another criticism is that people were asked about their coffee drinking habits only at the start of the survey. People's choice of beverage can change over a thirteen to fourteen year period. The large number of people involved in the survey helps to reduce the possible sources of error, however.

Coffee Consumption and Decrease in Death Risk

Cups of Coffee Drunk Per Day
Decrease in Death Risk in Females
Decrease in Death Risk in Males
one
5%
6%
two to three
13%
10%
four to five
16%
12%
six or more
15%
10%
Coffee fruit, berries or cherries are green when unripe and red when ripe. Each cherry contains two coffee beans, or seeds.
Coffee fruit, berries or cherries are green when unripe and red when ripe. Each cherry contains two coffee beans, or seeds. | Source

Why Might Coffee Extend Life?

There are two possible explanations for why coffee (apparently) reduces death risk. The beneficial effect could be due to coffee's ability to lower the risk of specific diseases and/or it could be due to helpful substances in the roasted coffee beans. The beans are believed to contain a thousand or more different chemicals, including antioxidants and antibacterial substances. One coffee antioxidant of special interest to researchers in relation to human health is chlorogenic acid, a member of the polyphenol family. Antioxidants fight dangerous free radicals which are made in the body as chemical reactions occur.

Is Coffee Good For You?

Many people enjoy a cup of coffee.
Many people enjoy a cup of coffee. | Source

Disease Reduction

The discoveries showing that coffee drinking reduces the risk of certain diseases are exciting. The disease list is already quite extensive and new discoveries are continuing to be made. Some of them are described below.

Notice that many of the statistics are obtained from surveys rather than clinical trials. While survey results are important and impressive, they don't provide definite proof that a substance has a health benefit.

  • Drinking four to five cups of caffeinated coffee every day in midlife has been shown to protect against Alzheimer's disease in old age. Starting to drink coffee at an older age has some protective benefit too. In mice, researchers have shown that caffeinated coffee reduces the buildup of beta-amyloid in the brain. This substance makes up the characteristic plaque seen in the brains of human Alzheimer's patients. Drinking other caffeinated beverages doesn't have the same benefit.
  • Australian scientists analyzed survey results and found that drinking one cup of coffee per day reduced the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 7%. Drinking three to four cups a day produced a 25% lower risk. Drinking more than three cups of decaffeinated coffee a day produced a 33% lower risk.
  • Drinking two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day seems to reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease by about 25%, according to an analysis of different research studies.
  • A small study has recently shown that the caffeine equivalent of three cups of coffee a day improves movement problems in people with Parkinson's disease.

Coffee and Skin Cancer

Cancer Risk and Cardiovascular Problems

Coffee may reduce the risk of some types of cancer. The beverage seems to be both beneficial and detrimental with respect to cardiovascular problems.

  • According to a twelve year study of more than 47,000 men in the United States, the men who drank six or more cups of coffee a day had a 20% lower risk of developing prostate cancer and a 60% lower risk of developing the most dangerous form of prostate cancer. Drinking one to three cups of coffee a day resulted in a 30% lower risk of the most dangerous form of prostate cancer. The results of the study were unaffected by the amount of caffeine in the coffee.
  • Some surveys show that drinking coffee significantly reduces the rate of liver disease or liver cancer.
  • A survey of 113,000 nurses and health professionals found that women who drank more than three cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 21% lower chance of developing basal cell carcinoma, one form of skin cancer. Men had a 10% risk reduction. Consumption of an equivalent amount of caffeine from other foods or drinks had a similar benefit.
  • Some research suggests that coffee reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes in the long term, but a few studies show that immediately after drinking coffee the risk of a heart attack or stroke temporarily increases.

Types of Coffee

Different types of coffee may have different effects on health. This is a topic that needs to be investigated in more detail.

A Coffee Poll

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Some Disadvantages of Drinking Coffee

There are some disadvantages to drinking coffee, but most of them can be avoided. Coffee stains teeth. These stains can be reduced by rinsing the mouth out with water immediately after drinking coffee, however. A dental hygienist can also remove the stains.

Unfiltered coffee contains two substances - cafestol and kahweol - which raise the level of LDL cholesterol in our blood. This is the type of cholesterol which can cause the buildup of fatty deposits in the lining of the arteries and increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. However, most coffee is filtered, which removes these chemicals. Espresso does contain cafestol and kahweol, but it's drunk in smaller quantities than other types of coffee.

In some people caffeine has a diuretic effect, increasing the person's need to urinate. Caffeinated coffee may also have a very energizing effect and produce coffee "jitters" in sensitive people. Coffee also has a dual effect on headaches. Caffeine has been found to make some pain relievers more effective, which can help a headache. On the other hand, drinking a cup of coffee can give some people a headache.

Additions to a cup of coffee can be delicious, but they may not be healthy.
Additions to a cup of coffee can be delicious, but they may not be healthy. | Source

It's important to remember that discussions about coffee's potential health benefits are concerned with coffee alone and not with the ingredients that may be mixed with the coffee. These can make a big difference to any beneficial effects of the drink. Drinking several cups of coffee a day that contain added fat and sugar isn't healthy.

If you already drink coffee, it's good to know that it most likely has important health benefits. Should you start drinking coffee if you don't already do so, or should you increase your coffee consumption? Some scientists are reluctant to recommend this action, but the continuing reports of coffee's health benefits make coffee consumption very tempting.

© 2012 Linda Crampton

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've been drinking coffee all of my adult life and reading your article has made me a happy coffee drinker.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great hub! You have included some really good information here. Just a touch of "artificial" sweetener and a touch of low fat cream and my coffee and I sit and read HubPages every morning. You have done excellent research here. I really enjoyed this hub. My second cup of coffee and I salute you! Up and interesting. Have a great day! :)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Alicia....This informative hub is music to this Coffee Snob's ears!! PLEASE don't take my coffee away. I'm so pleased to hear that my habit can be beneficial to my health in terms of guarding against a list of diseases.

      It's obviously got nothing to do with caffeine, since the studied results were the same for regular and De-caf. The latter of which I never drink. There IS a definite taste difference between the two and I can tell in an instant when someone has tried to sneak in a de-caf on me!! lol................I have literal "Coffee Ceremonies" each morning!

      I appreciate this hub, Alecia. It's great! UP+++

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      Teresa Pelka 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      I had the 'devil's brew' or 'satan' studying: I milled coffee to fine powder and poured hot water over up to three spoonfulls a mug. Worked wonders. Careful if you'd have a heart problem; my blood pressure always has been low. The coffee just had a refreshing effect.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Susan. It is nice for coffee drinkers to know that their favorite beverage has so many potential health benefits! Thanks for the visit.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, sgbrown! You've described the way that I like to drink coffee! I used to hate coffee as a child, but I love it now, as long as it's milky. I don't like it without milk. I hope you have a great day too!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, fpherj48! I'm not a coffee drinking expert and I haven't noticed the difference in taste between caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. You've made me curious now - I've got to experiment! I appreciate your comment and the vote.

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      Teresa Pelka 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Let me add, coffe is not indispensable to study; you just don't sleep sometimes :)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, teresapelka. Those are interesting alternate names for coffee! Coffee gives me an energy boost, too. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was really interesting; I had no idea there were health benefits to coffee. Thank you for the great information.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Bill. What I find especially interesting is the large number of health benefits that are being attributed to coffee. I'm used to reading reports about the benefits of tea, but now coffee is receiving a lot of attention too! Thanks for the comment.

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      Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have been drinking coffee since I was a teenager and "knock on wood", I don't have many health problems and can do physical work to rival many younger people. So I agree that coffee isn't harmful...from my personal perspective.

      If there are actual health benefits...well that is a bonus!

      Thank you for this Hub... from a dedicated coffee drinker!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment and for sharing your experience, Scribenet! I hope all the health benefits of coffee are confirmed in future research. They look wonderful!

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub with so much information. I usually drink 2-3 a day with decaf coffee in the evening. If we are out to breakfast I'm no sure how much I drink because waitress's are always refilling our coffee.

      Voted up useful and very interesting, Joyce.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Joyce. Drinking decaf instead of caffeinated coffee in the evening is a very good idea! It is very difficult to measure portions when a coffee cup is repeatedly being refilled before it's empty. Coffee is a nice accompaniment to a meal, though!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, great interesting information on the great benefits of drinking coffee. It's one of my favorite drinks !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Coffee is not one of my favorite beverages, Alicia, but I make up for it with my predilection for coffee flavored ice cream. Because coffee now seems to be getting a favorable reputation, I may have to reconsider my choices. Thanks for the excellent information, m'dear.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Tom. Thanks for the comment, and thanks for the vote as well! I enjoy drinking coffee too, as long as it has milk added.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, drbj. Drinking coffee is quite a new habit for me, but I enjoy it. Coffee ice cream sounds very nice as well!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Oh how I wish I could drink caffeinated coffee :( or even green tea for that matter. I'm supposed to avoid caffeine while breast feeding, the one and only draw back for me. Too bad the decaf version doesn't have all the same benefits you've described. Wonderful hub full of great information! voted up!!

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      Teresa Pelka 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      @Alicia

      'devils brew' or 'satan' are actually colloquial in the country of my origin

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Mama Kim 8. Thank you very much for the comment and the vote! Luckily, decaffeinated coffee (which contains a very small amount of caffeine) does have some health benefits, although not as many as caffeinated coffee.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the interesting information, teresapelka!

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      KellyMediaBest 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      I'd think that the reason for longevity in coffee drinkers would be due to the fact that they are taking in a natural bean from the earth every day. People who do not drink coffee may feel less full because they aren't ingesting coffee, causing them to eat more (most likely unhealthy) foods throughout the day. It's so hard to keep up these days with what is good for you and what is bad for you!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      That's an interesting idea, KellyMediaBest! I agree, it is hard to keep up with all the latest research about food and nutrition. Probably the best that we can do is to eat a varied diet that includes as many different nutrients as possible, and to eat foods that are healthy according to the recommendations of many nutrition experts.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      On behalf of all coffee drinkers, thank you for this post, Alicia. I am going to enjoy my daily cup and think about how much it is benefiting my body and mind. Voted way up, friend!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, teaches! I appreciate your comment and visit. I'm glad to know that coffee has some health benefits, too!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      I had heard of some of these benefits, but reading them all in one place such as this makes me want to go and get another cup right now. I don't wish to live forever...but it would be nice if while I am alive, I don't develop dementia or some of the other diseases you mentioned. Up, interesting and useful votes and will share.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Peggy. I too hope that I stay healthy for as long as I live! Thank you very much for the votes and the share.

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      John R Wilsdon 4 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      I really enjoyed reading all of the studies you listed. And, for me, this hub has helped lessen some fears. I love coffee! I mean I really love coffee! My addiction began in college when I needed to stay up late to finish reading for school. My sight became clearer, I stopped feeling sleepy, and in general I seemed to perform better. Of course, I kept this a secret thinking something was wrong with me.

      Over the years, coffee has come to my rescue on many an occasion. Sometimes with a headache I would take an aspirin with coffee and noticed a faster positive effect from it. Now you can get preparations with aspirin and caffeine in a pill. Prior to an exam a cup of coffee enhanced my thought process and to some extent even my writing speed. And, who can't forget those nights with your baby at 5:00am in the morning when you had to be at work at 7am!

      I know there are more people out there who are like me. Rather than being a sin, I would suggest it is like all of the other chemicals we digest in our food; some are really good, and others can be less helpful. Let's hope we make good choices - instead of eating a pound of beef, have a cup of coffee, or two!

      Nice hub, thumbs up!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the visit, the comment and the vote, john000! I appreciate them all. Aspirin with caffeine is a good pain reliever for me, too. Coffee does make me more alert, but I can't drink it before an important event like an exam because it's also a diuretic for me!

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      mmsu 4 years ago from Pakistan

      Coffee has been a great friend to me during my exams!Nice informational hub.Voted up and shared:)

    • ignugent17 4 years ago

      I drink coffee maybe 3 times a week but my husband drinks about 6 to 8 cups a day. He is already a coffeeholic and I cannot undo it. So I will just think that he will get something good from it.

      Your hub is very useful and interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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      Catherine Dean 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      My husband and I love coffee but we never drink more than two cups a day. It does make me more alert and I drink it because I love it and for the health benefits. I voted up and tweeted.

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      greeneryday 4 years ago from Some tropical country

      Wow this is kind of relieve, I love drinking coffee, ... thank you for writing this hub...

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, mmsu. Coffee can be a very helpful drink! Thank you for the comment and the vote, and thank you for the share as well!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the visit and the comment, ignugent17. I've never drunk as many cups of coffee in one day as your husband. I can tell that he really likes his coffee!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, mvillecat. I never drink more than two cups of coffee a day either. Thank you for the vote and the tweet - I appreciate them both!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for reading my hub, greeneryday! I appreciate your visit.

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      hoooray for Coffee!!!! Coffee is one my best buddy and comforter :D Nice hub!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, FullOfLoveSites. I feel like giving a cheer for coffee too! It's nice to like a beverage that also has some health benefits. Thanks for the comments.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Yes! Yay for good info on filtered coffee! My coffee cup is calling me now… :)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      So is my coffee cup, RTalloni! Drinking coffee is an enjoyable part of my morning routine. Thanks for the comment!

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Very interesting and useful... I'll keep on drinking coffee to avoid that dreaded Alzheimer's. Fantastic hub! :)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, iguidenetwork. It's nice to meet you!

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      Dan Harmon 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Like so many others, this is music to my ears. A day isn't complete (or even started) with a cup of coffee, and now you tell me I'll live longer because of it. You're my hero for today!

      Seriously, though, this IS good information, as coffee has had somewhat of a bad name. Great to know it isn't going to kill me tomorrow like everything else I like and enjoy.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the comment, Wilderness. It is very nice to discover that something that we enjoy also has health benefits!

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      Teresa Pelka 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      @john000

      Coffee is not a neurotransmitter, as all may know.

      Part the secret to studying - I didn't always have coffee. I exercised. Feel welcome to see my hub 'Don't kill yourself - exercise'.

      Exercise and coffe can help the mind. Besides, you obviously find your sourcebooks.

      :)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, teresapelka. I find exercise helps me study, too, as long as it's not too vigorous. Exercise is beneficial for many purposes! Caffeine is an interesting chemical, though, and it's fascinating to learn about how it affects brain chemistry.

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      Teresa Pelka 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      @)AliciaC

      Caffeine does not influence the brain chemistry. It's more cardiovascular.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi again, teresapelka. Caffeine does have cardiovascular effects, but it's also a central nervous system stimulant. It blocks adenosine receptors in the brain (and may affect other chemicals in the brain, too). When adenosine binds to its receptors it reduces neural activity and triggers sleepiness. Caffeine is an adenosine antagonist, meaning it prevents adenosine from doing its job.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi AliciaC ... good thing about coffee because if there is none first thing in the morning I may be out howling at the moon. This morning I was awake at exactly 3:31 am and the coffee was the first thing on the list. Kicking Horse 454 in this house... smiles.

      I learned a great deal more about coffee reading this than I knew before... thank you for all your hard work.

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Rolly. If I got up at 3:31 am I would need multiple cups of coffee to wake me up! I must try Kicking Horse coffee - I've heard good things about it. Thank you for the comment.

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      Ingenira 4 years ago

      Very informative article about coffee. Well written. I love coffee and it is good to know its health benefits and risks.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, Ingenira. I enjoy drinking coffee too!

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      John Chandra 4 years ago

      Ah yes. I thought I could publish a hub on coffee being healthy for a person longer life span but, clearly, you've out done yourself with this one. I heard about this too, drinking coffee increases a person's chances of a longer life. Its better when drinking it as just black coffee because it cleans out a lot of anti-toxidents in the body and is great for those who smoke because drinking coffee can also take away that terrible crap they've taken into there body. Definitely voted up!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and the vote, Johnjfernando. It's nice to meet you! Researchers have discovered that coffee is a good source of antioxidants, which is great news for coffee lovers! Drinking coffee isn't known for removing toxins from the body, though.

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      jaydene 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very informative, the studies and research have changed over the years but the more they learn about a great cup of coffee, the less guilt I have about enjoying it :) thanks for you work on this.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the visit and the comment, jaydene. It's nice to meet you. It is great that more and more coffee health benefits are being discovered!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Very interesting and thought provoking hub presentation here and I am a big believer in moderation so I have cut down on my coffee intake in the morning and that's it until I go into night shift work and then I have one during my work time. I have high blood pressure which seems to be okay now but the doctor warned me about coffee.

      I am sending you , my fellow Canadian, sincere warm wishes for your own health, happiness and prosperity in the new year.

      lake erie time ontario canada 11:07am

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, epigramman. Thanks for the visit and for sharing your doctor's interesting comment about coffee. I hope you have a wonderful, very happy and healthy 2013.

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Four or five cups a day is a lot. I know I don't drink that much coffee. I don't drink that much of anything. But, nice to know it could prevent dementia or Alzheimers. I would hate to be one of those old people who has no clue. I love reading, researching and learning new stuff. To be otherwise would be like already being dead. I already want to live forever just so I can keep discovering everything. It bugs me that I will never have enough time. Probably why I drink coffee in the evening and then don't sleep.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, That Grrl. Yes, for some people that is a lot of coffee! Like you, I hope very much that my brain stays active as I age. I love researching and learning new things too. Thanks for the visit!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love coffee, so I enjoy articles like this! Coffee may not be perfect, but it is nice when it has some good benefits. Thank you for sharing this with us. I am sharing this with others, including on Google Plus. I know many members of my family would enjoy this!

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      KenWu 3 years ago from Malaysia

      I love coffee but has stopped it since two or three years ago. Just want to be healthier but it now seems that it has to get started again. One thing to note that don't drink coffee at night as it really makes you stay awake the whole night.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much for the shares, Kathryn! I appreciate them. I agree with you - coffee certainly isn't perfect, but its health benefits are very interesting.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, KenWu. Thanks for the visit. Like you, I never drink coffee at night. Coffee stops me from getting a good night's sleep, too!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Well, this is exciting information, Alicia, especially as I'm sipping my coffee while reading this hub. I was thinking of ways to eliminate coffee from my diet, but I will delve deeper and maybe reconsider. Thank you sharing this.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Careermommy. The role of coffee in the diet and the amount that should be drunk are interesting topics and are certainly worth thinking about! Thanks for the visit and the comment.

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      Lillian Brooke 3 years ago

      Hi Linda, i am feeling so much happy and you made my happy heart because coffee is my favorite beverage. I would like to appreciate your great work and thanks for sharing so much information regarding coffee. When i read benefits of drinking coffee oh my god! I feel too much happy because my boy friend always said that " Don't drink coffee, it is so harmful for your health". Now i would like to share this hub with my friends and specially to my boy friend.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, paneevino! Coffee is an interesting beverage. It does have some drawbacks, but it has some great benefits too!

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      Craig Gibson 3 years ago from Traverse City Michigan

      I enjoyed your article and I found it to be quite informative. I live in Colombia and I drink 2 cups of the worlds best coffee every day. Thanks for the information.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the visit and the comment, csgibson. Colombian coffee is very nice!

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      Marie Alana 3 years ago from Ohio

      Great hub! It was very thorough. Thanks for all of the great information! I have been working on a coffee blog for about 2 years now. Unfortunately, I haven't put anything in for about 25 days now, but still it is worth looking at. It has some more great information about this same topic. Here is the URL for it.... www.citmorning.blogspot.com.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Coffee sounds like a good topic choice for a blog, MarieAlana1! I'll look at your blog soon. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Alicia,

      well I have to say your excellent hub has just made my day as I adore coffee! But also the information was very interesting indeed! Although some of these surveys were criticised as you mention, it was a huge amount of people involved and there has to be some truth in their findings. I find the relationship to type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's Disease particularly interesting, since diabetes does run in some areas of my family and my Dad has Parkinson's Disease.

      I also find the survey results interesting for my own personal reasons as well. I can have restless leg syndrome on occasion and so your told avoid coffee etc. But to be honest, with me coffee has either never caused me to have RLS and but I suspect at times it has actually helped. I haven't heard of anyone else having this happen to them, so maybe it's just my personal chemical make-up? Anyway I will continue to fly the flag for coffee and after reading your excellent hub I will be flying it even higher!!

      Voted up + shared!!!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, the vote and the share, Seeker7! I'm sorry that your father has Parkinson's Disease. Coffee is an interesting substance. I suspect that the response to it may sometimes be different in different individuals, as you suggest. It's wonderful when coffee is helpful!

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      kitkat1141 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thrilled to find out my daily coffee habit isn't killing me!! Thank you for pulling all of these studies together in one very well written hub.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, kitkat1141. It is very nice to know that when we're drinking coffee we're getting some health benefits!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Finally I can admit that I have been drinking coffee since the age of 4 when it was mostly due to the cream and sugar content. I only have one very large mug of coffee in the morning and that's it for the day. Coffee has become a part of the wake-up ritual - "Wake up and smell the coffee" where the hubster and I sit and slurp our first cup while we plan out our day. I will also share that my 93 yo Auntie has been drinking coffee for nearly all her life and is still living independently (although homebound) and is quite humorous and spry for her advanced years. She recently had an Echo Cardiogram and EKG and had a good report from the cardiologist. As you've pointed out, moderation is key and may help by reducing appetite, which in turn, provides many rewards.

      Sharing this with my virtual coffee drinking friends here on HubPages at the Emerald Wells Cafe where we have unlimited cups of coffee daily. Hope you'll drop by to Mckbirdbks' latest episode and join us.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Peg. Unlike you, I didn't start drinking coffee until only a few years ago. I got into the habit of drinking tea because that's what my family did, but now that I've tried coffee I love it (as long as it's milky). Virtual coffee sounds like a great idea! Thanks for the interesting comment and for introducing me to a new writer.

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      Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia

      I am an avid coffee-drinker. I have been every since long nights studying for exams in college, back when I used to add cocoa to it to make it taste better. Now I just add a little cream and sugar and have to have it first thing in the morning.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I add cocoa to my coffee sometimes too, Rosie. It's a delicious combination! Thank you for the visit and the comment.

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      Samita Sharma 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      Good information and thoroughly discussed. Thanks for this useful summary of Coffee Drinking and Life Expectancy.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, SamitaJassi.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      Great news for me! I've heard a bit about studies showing health value of coffee but nothing specific. I've loved coffee all my life. When I was a kid, my parents wouldn't let me drink it, but put a dash of it in my milk, which I didn't like so much. I've never been a smoker and didn't drink any alcohol till in my 40s and am moderate with it, but I truly love my coffee. There was one period when I was almost never without a cup from the time I awoke till I went to bed, but I began to be jittery, as you mention can happen, so I regulated my intake after that. What is nice about doing that it that having a cup is such a treat when one does have it! :-) I've no blood pressure problems, so maybe it just helps keep it normal rather than too low.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm becoming a coffee lover, too, after having drunk only tea for most of my life. In fact, I'm drinking coffee so often now that I have to remind myself to drink tea instead of coffee sometimes, since I want to experience tea's health benefits as well! Thank you for the interesting comment, Nellieanna.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      I love tea, as well, Alicia. It gives its own special pleasure and sense of satisfaction; but it's not quite the immediate 'lift' of coffee. I wouldn't want to have to choose to limit it to only one or the other. I also love some herbal teas, especially ginger.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Nellieanna. I enjoy some herbal teas too, such as rooibos tea. I like ginger and mint herbal teas as well. There are so many lovely beverages available today!

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      (big smile!)

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      LWhip 2 years ago

      I really enjoyed your hub AliciaC. I'm glad to hear that there is now at least one thing I'm doing right (regardless of the concerns regarding the methodology - I'm ignoring that part).

      I have 4 kids.

      I have coffee.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, LWhip. Yes, I think coffee would be a big help with four children in the family! Thank you very much for the comment. It's nice to meet you!

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      Rosie writes 2 years ago from Virginia

      I love my coffee - could probably do without the sugar though. Interesting information. Voted up!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks, Rosie writes. I appreciate the visit and the vote!

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      Christina Lornemark 2 years ago from Sweden

      Good to know that coffee has some health benefits also since I drink several cups of coffee every day. A morning without coffee would be a disaster:) Thanks for all the good information and now I can enjoy my coffee even more. Voted up!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, Christina. I appreciate the vote, too!

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Great information my mom drinks a lot of coffee she couldn't be without it. Me on the other hand I really only drink water but for future reference I love the info.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, joedolphin88. Drinking water is great for health!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Never knew the health benefits of drinking coffee! I hardly drink coffee, save Tim Hortons' French Vanilla (not sure if it qualifies as one lol).

      Hi Linda,

      This is a very informative article. Thumbs up!

      I tried coffee for one full year (2012 to 2013) and then gave up completely again. I have always been a tea-totaller and had planned to remain the same, but now your article has shed new light and I have to rethink the strategy.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the vote, Suhail! I appreciate your visit. Tea is a very healthy beverage, so it's great that you drink it. (I like French Vanilla coffee, too!)

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      Tolovaj 2 years ago

      I'm fascinated wit all this info. Although I will not start drinking coffee, I can agree with you, but I suspect apart from the chemicals in coffee there must be something related with a life style of coffee drinkers. Having a cup of coffee means having some quality time (alone or in company), knowing how to relax for at least few minutes, lower your stress ...

      I think drinking a glass of wine of tea can be beneficial for same reasons. Cheers!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've raised some good points, Tolovaj! Having a drink of coffee or tea can often be a relaxing and pleasant activity in an otherwise busy day. Thanks for the interesting comment.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Up early today and wishing for my cup of coffee. My older dog (14) started barking to go out at 4:30 am and I thought it was 5:30 so I stayed up. This was great to read again while I wait for the coffee pot to finish dripping.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a shock to find out that it was so early, Peg! On the other hand, it's great that your dog is still around and behaving normally, even if his/ her body can't follow the usual schedule any longer. Thanks for the second comment.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Good to know about the benefits of coffee! Even though I prefer tea over coffee, now a days I have at least one cup of coffee every day.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, VioletteRose. I like tea and coffee, too! They are both enjoyable beverages, and each has health benefits. Thanks for the comment.

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      Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

      It's interested me over the last year or so to read articles about the benefits of coffee. The double benefit is I'm an avid coffee drinker to start. Love your hub.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks, Arachnea. It is interesting that researchers are finding so many health benefits in coffee!

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      Give me coffee or give me death. Yes, that's how I feel about it. I loved this article - with my after dinner cup of coffee!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You certainly are a coffee lover, Rachael! I enjoy drinking coffee, but I don't feel quite as strongly about it as you do! Thank you very much for the comment.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I'm a coffee drinker. So, when I read about studies that show coffee is not as bad as formerly claimed, I'm happy.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I drink coffee every day, so I'm happy, too! Thanks for the visit, Marlene.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      It is a very beautiful and interesting hub. Full of facts and figures. I love coffee and take two cups daily and two cups tea. Coffee looks more tasty and delicious than tea.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I think that drinking both coffee and tea is a great idea! I do the same thing. Thank you very much for the comment.

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 2 years ago from Garland, Texas

      Drink more coffee & live longer! :-) This is the best news to my ears. Thank you for sharing this information.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, Melinda!

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      i love cofee so much and it makes me problem heart and try to solve the problem thank you for this great article

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks, monia. I like coffee, too, although I only drink it in a dilute form.

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      I drink a cup of coffee about 2 to 3 times a week. I am glad I read this hub. I think I'll have a cup of coffee now.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the comment, Joyfulcrown. I hope you enjoy your cup of coffee!

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      agusfanani 2 years ago from Indonesia

      It's good news for me since I love drinking coffee although I have to make sure not drink it excessively .

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, agusfanani. It's good that coffee has some health benefits, since you like drinking it!

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, Very interesting but too late for me and my husband we both drink about 3 cups a day. I have had coffee since I was 5 years old every day. I have parkinson disease, and my husband has type 2 diabetes. Nice Hub.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am so sorry about the health problems that you and your husband are experiencing, ladyguitarpicker. Best wishes for the future. Thank you for commenting.

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      stella vadakin 24 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Thanks, I suppose we are the exception, but I like my coffee anyway.

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      Linda Crampton 24 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi again, ladyguitarpicker. Thank you for the second comment. The factors that control human health are very complex. I wish we understood them better.

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      DW Davis 21 months ago from Eastern NC

      I love my coffee, whether home brewed in my Keurig or made for me at my local coffee shop, I generally enjoy at least two cups a day. I'm glad to learn that doing so is working in my favor health wise.

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      Linda Crampton 21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Coffee brewed at home is great! Thanks for the comment.

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      peachy 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      there are pros and cons of drinking coffee lifelong maybe, but being a night owl is one of the disadvantages,

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      Linda Crampton 21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, peachpurple. Yes, there are some disadvantages to drinking coffee regularly as well as advantages.

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub, Alicia, on the many health benefits of drinking coffee. This is so good to know. Voted up!

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      Linda Crampton 20 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Kristen. I appreciate your visit and vote!

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Anytime my friend.

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      Wendi Pembridge Skilling 18 months ago from Overland Park, KS

      You know, coffee makes my heart race and does all kinds of other bad 'stuff' to my body, however I do so love a good coffee with cream or milk! I wish I could drink it more often. Interesting hub, I didn't realize all of the health benefits!

      -Wendi

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      Linda Crampton 18 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the comment, Wendi. Coffee is an interesting beverage. It has both benefits and disadvantages!

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      Nadine May 17 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      That was the best news I've read in a long while! I love my coffee and drink between 2 to three cups a day without sugar but with frothed milk. Voted up and shared!

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      Linda Crampton 17 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, vote and share, Nadine. It's great that coffee has some health benefits!

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      Ireno Alcala 15 months ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I love drinking coffee, especially when I am engrossed at work. These days, I am mixing it with fresh herbs.

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      Linda Crampton 15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      That sounds like a great idea, travel_man1971. Thanks for the comment.

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      Essie 14 months ago from Southern California

      This is certainly good news! Thank you for a lot of great information! I pinned it!

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      Linda Crampton 14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and the pin, Essie! I appreciate your visit.

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