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Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee - Good News for Caffeine Addicts

Coffee...Mmmmm....

Coffee with cream goes perfectly with cookies or cake.

Coffee with cream goes perfectly with cookies or cake.

Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

Coffee lovers unite! Forget the dark days when you were bombarded with negative vibes about drinking coffee.

Pros and cons of drinking coffee come up regularly in conversations and in the news. We coffee lovers don’t want to hear the bad stuff, and now it seems that there is more good news for coffee drinkers than the bad. New research has confirmed with we coffee drinkers have known forever… that there are many health benefits to drinking coffee! Now pour a cup of coffee and inhale that wonderful aroma while you read on, for there are at least 20 good reasons to keep drinking the coffee that you love.

Reasons to Drink Coffee

First of all, coffee is good for the heart and soul:

1. Coffee tastes great! Drink coffee because you like it – a LOT!

2. Coffee is comforting. It makes me feel better when I’m down. In fact, a study by Alberto Ascherio of Harvard School of Public Health of 50.000 women who drink caffeinated coffee found that women who drank four or more cups of coffee daily have a 20% lower risk of developing depression than women who do not drink caffeinated coffee. (Sept. 27, 2011)

3. Coffee provides an energy boost (thank you caffeine!).

4. A hot cup of coffee warms you up when you’re cold. We don’t need science to tell us that a hot cup of coffee warms us up on a cold day!

5. Coffee and cookies are a match made in heaven!

6. Coffee is the perfect accompaniment to donuts. What’s a donut without a cup of java?

7. Coffee goes well with pie. Any kind of pie is just better with a hot cup of coffee!

8. The caffeine in coffee improves alertness and concentration.

9. Coffee is perfect with chocolate. Coffee and chocolate…mmm!

10. Coffee contains antioxicants like chlorogenic acid and polyphenols, which help prevent cell damage.

11. Coffee is associated with lower blood pressure, slower rate of weight gain with age and reduced risks for developing type 2 diabetes

11. Coffee is sociable. It’s friendly to drink a cup of coffee with a friend.

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Savoring the first cup of coffee in the morning.

Savoring the first cup of coffee in the morning.


11. Coffee is welcoming. It’s a nice way to welcome people into your home.

12. Coffee smells wonderful! The smell of fresh coffee is a wonderful way to wake up in the morning. It really does make you want to get out of bed and have that first heavenly cup! (No, I don’t work for Maxwell House!)

13. Coffee is low in calories. A cup of coffee without milk or suger has only 2 calories. Add milk and sugar, and coffee has only 64 calories per 8 oz. cup.

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Health Benefits to Drinking Coffee

Then there are the health benefits associated with drinking 2-4 8oz cups of coffee a day. I am not making this up - these benefits are from medical and scientific studies that have been analyzed by the Harvard School of Public Health.

Health Benefits of Coffee

Effects of Moderate Caffeine Consumption. Chart from Wikimedia.

Effects of Moderate Caffeine Consumption. Chart from Wikimedia.

More Benefits to Drinking Coffee:

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Facts about Coffee Drinking

  • Caffeine is America’s favorite drug.
  • More than 50% of Americans drink coffee.
  • After oil, coffee is the second most valuable commodity in the world.
  • Americans drink more than 530 million cups of coffee a day.
  • Archaeologists say that man has been brewing caffeine beverages since the Stone Age.
  • It takes about a week of drinking coffee for your brain to “need” a caffeine fix and to become a caffeine addict.
  • Coffee made in a drip coffee pot has almost twice the caffeine as coffee brewed in a percolator.
  • Caffeine removed from coffee to make decaf is sold to soda companies to add to soft drinks – your kids could be drinking more caffeine than you are!
  • Coffee is a diuretic.
  • Coffee stimulates the muscles in your digestive tract to contract.
  • Coffee grows on trees that may reach 30 ft. high.
  • Coffee only grows in the “Bean Belt” the area between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
  • Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee.
  • Coffee was originally mixed with fat and eaten rather than brewed into a beverage.
  • In the U.S., September 29th is National Coffee Day!


Coffee Reduces Risk of Some Diseases

14. Coffee protects against diabetes. According to Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD, nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, studies have shown that people who drink six or seven cups of coffee have a 35% less chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Scientists think that the antioxidant compounds in coffee boosts the cell’s sensitivity to insulin and help regulate blood sugar. It has not been determined if decaf is better than caffeinated coffee.

15. Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Drinking between 3-5 cups of coffee daily is linked to reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. It seems that the antioxidants in coffee help prevent damage to brain cells and boosts effects of neurotransmitters. A study in Finland and Sweden followed 1,400 people over the course of 20 years and found a 65% lower incidence of Alzheimer’s and dementia in people who drank 3-5 cups of coffee daily.

16. Caffeine improves memory in seniors. Researchers at the University of Arizona and UCLA research group found that caffeine improves and repairs memory for elderly women.

17. Lower risk of Parkinson’s Disease. The Harvard School of Public Health reported that higher intake of coffee is definitely associated with lower risk of Parkinson’s disease.

18. Coffee makes you more aware and alert. Coffee stimulates the production of cortisone and adrenaline preparing the body for fight or flight response and heightening the senses.

19. Lower risk of brain cancer. Some studies have also noted that when coffee consumption rises, certain kinds of brain cancer drop.

20. Decreased incidence of stroke. The long-term Nurses' Health Study showed that moderate intake of coffee decreases incidence of stroke by 20%.

21. Lower incidence of liver disease. Surprise! The more coffee people drink, the lower their incidence of liver diseases. An analysis of data from nine studies found that for every 2 cup daily increase of coffee, there was a 43% lower risk of liver cancer.

And other studies have found these additional benefits:

22. Lower risk of prostate cancer. New research at the Harvard School of Public Health shows that men who drink coffee have a 20% lower risk of developing prostate cancer. Those who drink six or more cups each day reduce their risk of prostate cancer by 60% compared to non-coffee drinkers. (published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute).

23. Lower risk of basal cell carcinoma. At a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Boston in 2011, data was presented that showed a 20% lower risk of basal cell carcinoma in women who drank more than three cups of caffeinated coffee a day. Reduced risk was less for men, but still 9%. (There was no evidence of lower risk for those who drank decaffinated coffee or for other kinds of skin cancer.)

24. Coffee reduces post-exercise muscle pain. Two cups of coffee after a workout can reduce post exercise muscle pain by 48%. From the Journal of Pain, March 2007

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Some health risks

There are a few health risks for caffeinated coffee drinkers that have no solution, and to be fair I will present them here.

  • Too much coffee can result in faster loss of calcium.
  • Too much caffeine can raise blood pressure and increase risk of stroke and heart attack, says Dr. Jim Lane, a researcher at the Duke University Medical School. (2002) This is in contradiction to the findings of the Harvard study mentioned above.


The Cons of Drinking Coffee

... And a Solution!

Of course there are the cons of coffee drinking, but coffee lovers, take heart! Here are the solutions to some of the negative things you’ve heard about coffee:

  • A sensitivity to caffeine can cause irritability and jitters.
    Solution: Drink coffee every day. This will build up a tolerance for caffeine and those jittery effects will go away.
  • Coffee is addictive. People who drink coffee every day will very likely get headaches if they are deprived of coffee.
    Solution:
    Don’t deprive yourself! Go ahead and have your coffee every day!
  • Coffee can keep you awake if you drink it too close to bedtime.
    Solution:
    It takes about 6 hours for caffeine to clear your system, so if you have sleep problems, don’t drink coffee past late afternoon.
  • Unfiltered coffee can increase LDL. Unfiltered coffee like French press, or Turkish coffee, contains higher levels of compounds that can increase LDL (bad cholesterol).
    Solution: Drink filtered coffee, like coffee made in a drip coffee maker. It is healthier!


Are you a coffee drinker?

I'll Keep on Drinking Coffee

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Although I never even considered giving up coffee, now that I know the health benefits of drinking coffee, I have reason to enjoy my java even more! How about you? Are you a coffee drinker? Have you ever considered giving up your coffee? I haven't!

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Comments

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on October 06, 2016:

Never knew that Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee in the USA. I lived there for many years and loved visiting plantations,.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 04, 2016:

LOL, TycoonSam! Some mornings I feel the exact same way!

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on October 04, 2016:

The benefits are so good, after reading this Hub I want to bathe in it!

Well done!

Kathy Henderson from Pa on September 30, 2016:

Helpful information and spotlighted on National Coffee Day :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 30, 2015:

Welcome to a fellow coffee lover, Jodah. Enjoy your coffee!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 30, 2015:

From a coffee lover's point of view, this is a wonderful hub. I new a couple of the benefits, but now I even feel a whole lot better and healthier than before. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to make a cup.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on September 29, 2015:

I'm back again to review the pros and cons of drinking coffee. You've given good information and I appreciate this hub. Will share.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 31, 2015:

My pleasure Stephanie. So glad that drinking tea is healthy for you, like green tea. You're very welcome.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 31, 2015:

Kristen Howe - There are also benefits to drinking tea, but I do love my coffee best! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 31, 2015:

Great hub Stephanie! I'm more of a tea drinker (iced and hot) and do prefer light roast coffee from time to time. Voted up for awesome news!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 12, 2015:

Colorfulone - Mine too!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on April 12, 2015:

This is so interesting to read, Stephanie. I love drinking coffee from morning till evening, it is my drug of choice. - Cheers!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 06, 2015:

Devin Birdwell - We caffeine addicts need to hear some good things about drinking coffee! Thanks for your comments...now have another cup!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on April 06, 2015:

aprilsemogan - As a coffee lover, I'm always pleased to hear some good things about drinking coffee, too. Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

Devin Birdwell from US on April 05, 2015:

Amazing article! Definitely makes me feel better about my coffee addiction.

aprilsemogan on April 05, 2015:

I really love coffee and have been hearing a lot about its bad effects on the body, but great thanks to your hub, i could love coffee even more! It's very informative and helpful, i enjoyed reading it. :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 16, 2014:

Ben Frick - Coffee does seem to give that little added boost when studying. But I'm surprised that you can give it up so easily when you are home on college breaks. I'd have a hard time with that!

Ben Frick on October 15, 2014:

According to this, I'm technically drinking two cups of coffee a day. Every morning I drink one, ~16 oz cup of coffee and I usually do fine after that; it's a nice way to help me wake up and start the day.

I started drinking coffee regularly around my Junior year of high school; I'm currently in my Junior year of college and I haven't stopped since. The only time I don't drink coffee regularly is when I'm home from college for breaks.

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on September 27, 2014:

Interesting. I love coffee and cannot think of a life without it. for any situation, whatever, I first drink a cup of coffee before I tackle the problem, it really helps

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 03, 2014:

Smilealot - It is confusing when we see conflicting reports. I think that, as with all things, moderation is the key. We also need to be aware of our other health issues. Thanks for stopping in to read and comment. Glad you enjoyed my article.

Smilealot on September 02, 2014:

I do like coffee, so I find it a little frustrating when some studies tell us coffee is good for us and others don't. I enjoyed your hub thank you.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 14, 2014:

ritziel avila - I agree! If I don't have my coffee in the morning, I'm lost!

ritziel avila on July 13, 2014:

my days are not complete without drinking my coffee.....

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on January 29, 2013:

Hi Mike, Always happy to meet another coffee freak! Thanks for stopping by to comment! :)

Mike Robbers from London on January 29, 2013:

Great hub! Or maybe I'm just another coffee freak :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on December 18, 2012:

pstrauble48 - I know that some people have a stronger reaction to caffeine, but glad to hear that you still enjoy a couple of cups of coffee a day. Thanks so much for your comments...hope your sister enjoys the article, too! Happy Holidays!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 18, 2012:

Hi Stephanie

I am sure the caffeine addicts were happy to read this. I like a cup of coffee in the morning, maybe two , but that's about it. My sister on the other hand drinks two pots a day. O, my. I would be on the ceiling if I did.

You shared a lot of little tidbits I did not know. thanks for sharing. I will be sending this link to my sister as she will be thrilled to read it.

Sending angels to you.. and wishing you a very Merry Christmas. :) ps

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on December 13, 2012:

Sherry Hewins - Another coffee lover! Coffee is what gets me started every morning, I sure do love it with or without the added benefits! :) I'll have to check into the benefits to asthma sufferers. Thanks for your comments!

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on December 12, 2012:

I love coffee. I have read that coffee can be helpful for people suffering from asthma. Great hub.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on November 08, 2012:

Mary615 - There are definitely a lot of coffee drinkers out there! I enjoy tea also, but it never takes the place of a good cup of coffee for me. Thanks for stopping in to read, even though tea is your first choice!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 08, 2012:

There are lots of coffee drinkers out there! I couldn't vote because I only drink 1/2 cup a day. I've never been fond of coffee: tea is my choice. I have friends who keep the coffee pot on all day long!

I voted this UP, etc.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on November 07, 2012:

Lady_E - Moderation is the key, I'm sure. Some people have no ill effects, others are better off limiting their caffeine intake. As a coffee lover, I'm happy that there are some benefits! :)

Elena from London, UK on November 07, 2012:

Interesting to know it has so many benefits. I guess it's too much of it that we should avoid. Thanks.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on November 05, 2012:

Shruti Sheshadri - I see you share my love of coffee...thanks so much for your comments!

shruti sheshadri from Bangalore, India on November 05, 2012:

ah, the pleasure of drinking coffee! i totally agree with you :) a wonderful, enlightening hub :) Totally enjoyed it :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on November 04, 2012:

Rasta1 - A cup of coffee is a great pick-me-up when you're working late!

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on November 04, 2012:

I don't drink coffee because I overdosed in college. Since I am working late nights again, I may need it.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 18, 2012:

TycoonSam - I love that coffee, too! Thanks for stopping in to read about the benefits of Drinking Coffee!

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on September 18, 2012:

Excellent Hub! I do love my morning cup of coffee!

Voted up, funny and useful!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 11, 2012:

fpherj48 - Am I on his Naughty or Nice list? :) I'll put a fresh pot of coffee on for him!

Suzie from Carson City on September 11, 2012:

I believe SANTA hears you!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 11, 2012:

fpherj48 - Hmmm...sounds like I'd love to have a cup of coffee at your house! :) I don't have a Kuerig, yet, but everyone I know just loves theirs. I can see it appearing on my Christmas list! :)

Suzie from Carson City on September 10, 2012:

No idea how I missed an excellent hub about my favorite hot beverage get past me the first time around, Stephanie! I wouldn't call myself an "addict," but definitely a coffee lover......and perhaps, a coffee snob. I enjoy a quality coffee bean that I grind at home per use. Strong, frsehly brewed coffee is a must.

My husband usually makes the first morning pot, that I drink the majority of, since he;s happy with one cup.

Throughout the day, if I'd like another fresh cup of coffee, I now have a Kuerig, so I can make one cup at a time!....It's great!

Thanks for this great hub. Glad to know my coffee love is healthy for me!!........UP+++

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 10, 2012:

Karen Hellier - I'll have another pot brewing in a few minutes as I don't think I had my quota this morning! I too have always felt better and more alert after having a cup of coffee. Hmmm...pumpkin flavored coffee...gotta try it!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 10, 2012:

Lipnancy, Bridalletter, algarveview - Glad you found some useful facts about coffee here. Do enjoy your next cup of coffee guilt-free! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 10, 2012:

Suzie HQ - It's always good to know that at least one of our habits is not all bad for us! Thanks for the comments, votes and share!

Mary615 - I'm one of those who can drink coffee all day long, though I'm more likely to tank up in the morning. I'm sure your friends will appreciate someone telling them that their coffee habit is not all bad! Thanks for the votes and the share!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 10, 2012:

DeborahNeyens, Jools99, Thundermama - It sounds like I have a whole lot of coffee lovers here! Do enjoy a cup for me now that you know there are some benefits to drinking coffee!

Joana e Bruno from Algarve, Portugal on September 10, 2012:

Hello, Stephanie, I just love coffee, so I was very glad to know all the health benefits, since usually that's not what we hear about coffee. Voted up and interesting and sharing! Have a great day!

Karen Hellier from Georgia on September 10, 2012:

I am a huge coffee fan and loved this hub. I am reading it while drinking...you guessed it...coffee! Just reading it made me feel good. I have 2 -3 cups daily and although I didn't know about all the health benefits, always knew that having a cup of coffee made me feel better. Now I know why. And I loved your solution to getting headaches when you stop drinking it. I will abide by your advice and continue to drink coffee...especially french vanilla and pumpkin flavored, my 2 favorites! Voted up and awesome!

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on September 10, 2012:

I am drinking coffee while reading this hub. it is amazing the number of benefits. I hope they are all true. very well written, fun and interesting to read. Pretty cups too.

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on September 10, 2012:

Thank you for giving me some facts to tell people about coffee. I always seem to be stuck in the non-coffee crowd.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 10, 2012:

I drink about 1 cup a day, so I couldn't vote in your poll, sorry. Very informative. I have friends who drink coffee every day, all day long.

Great Hub. This would make my friends feel better about drinking so much coffee.

I voted this Hub UP, etc. and shared all the way!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on September 10, 2012:

Hi Stephanie,

Happy days! This was music to my ears, all the benefits of my beloved cuppa!! I should get my dad drinking more of it, from reading all the "reduces" section. Mega interesting with so much information. Good to know both sides however I will still enjoy my caffeine! Great hub, voted up and more! sharing this on! :-)

Catherine Taylor from Canada on September 10, 2012:

You've just made me feel so much better about my coffee habit. Now I can say I drink it for my health.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on September 10, 2012:

I now have lots of good reasons to respond when people tell me it's bad for me....I love the stuff....I'm making a cuppa now :o)

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on September 10, 2012:

I love coffee but can't drink it after noon because it will keep me up all night!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 27, 2012:

Angelo52 - It does seem that the benefits would outweigh the risks if you are an avid coffee drinker!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 27, 2012:

Manicpanicplease - During my research, I was surprised to find that there are benefits to drinking coffee. Good thing, because I wasn't about to give it up!! :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 27, 2012:

KDuBarry03 - My mother was a big coffee drinker all her life, and always said it wasn't bad for her. She lived to 91 and still enjoyed her coffee and a small piece of cake! I'm glad my article gave you some information to rebut your friends who say that coffee is bad for you! :) Thanks for your comments.

Angelo52 on August 27, 2012:

Great article. So many good things which out weigh the bad.

L Brander from Canada on August 27, 2012:

Well researched hub, I didn't realize all the things that caffeine does to your body. I will definitely be showing this to my coffee-drinking friends.

KDuBarry03 on August 27, 2012:

All my friends say that coffee is bad for me since I drink so much of it; however, I keep on tell them it's good for me! Thank you so much, Steph; I'll prove my friends wrong with your article!

Kudos all the way!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 26, 2012:

Vocalcoach - I'm also a firm believer that coffee will help get rid of a headache. I know that there are cons to drinking too much coffee, but it sure is good news for coffee lovers that there are benefits, too! I'm so glad that you enjoyed my hub...thanks so much for your comments!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on August 26, 2012:

What a very good and fun hub! I love how you have listed the benefits along with the cons of drinking coffee. You sure know your stuff. Isns't it fun to write about a topic you love?

I have a friend who gives coffee to anyone with a headache. I swear it works as I was one of the friends:)

Votes up and sharing and a big thanks Stephanie for a great job done!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 25, 2012:

Sunshine625 - I have a feeling that you might be hyperactive with our without caffeine, Linda. :) I guess you can get your caffeine with you tea and soft drinks, but I'll take my coffee any day! This hub did generate a lot of comments. People just feel very strongly about their favorite drink...Coffee!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 25, 2012:

Wow you could make a Coffee Table book just from your comments alone! Haha! Awesome hub, yet I'm not a fan of coffee. I do like my tea and lots of caffeine. Hmmm, that could be why I'm so hyperactive. Ya think Steph? :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 03, 2012:

Ely Maverick - Living in a climate where you can grow your own coffee sounds lovely! The price of coffee does keep rising, but those of us who love it will keep on drinking it! :)

Ely Maverick from The Beautiful Archipelago of the Philippines on June 02, 2012:

I like coffee more than milk. I've been growing coffee trees before and it added to my income, more and better than other crops.

Here in the Philippines, a kilogram of coffee is double price of 1 kilo of rice (P60.00++ for coffee, while P30.00++ for rice).

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on May 28, 2012:

Hi Bob,

I've trained my husband and family not to talk to me before I have coffee in the morning. In fact, there were days when hubby would make the coffee, bring it to me in bed and back slowly out of the room!

Your comment sailed to the head of the list because you're just special! Also, I may have changed the settings to show most recent comments first on this hub. :)

diogenes from UK and Mexico on May 27, 2012:

Just found this lively and popular article. I suspect much of the problems associated with coffee are more likely to be caused by folk drowning their 6 a day with sugar! Or too many complimentary donuts.

I only have a couple of cups a day, but just try to stop me having my morning caffein fix, i dare you!

The old saw, "I little of what you fancy does you good" definitely applies here.

Bob

PS I have no idea why this comment has sailed to the head of the list, do you?

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on May 27, 2012:

RBM - Thanks for stopping by to read and comment on my coffee drinking article!

rbm on May 26, 2012:

I just love coffee. Good to learn it also has positive effects for your health! Nice article.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on May 25, 2012:

Rebeccamealey - As a long time coffee addict, I too was pleased to see that there are many benefits to drinking coffee. Many people find that coffee will keep them awake - enjoying it early in the day is a good solution.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 25, 2012:

I love coffee, I am certainly glad that research proves it healthy for you. I can't drink it in the afternoons, though. It interferes with my sleep!

KDuBarry03 on May 24, 2012:

Oh yes, It is a lot of coffee and caffeine; however, I have been reading much on coffee, such as this Hub, and I found really no negatives about it! Perhaps I just have a very high tolerance for caffeine!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on May 24, 2012:

KDuBarry03 - 80oz. a day is a lot of coffee! I'm glad that you have no negative effects from it. Although I don't drink as much coffee as I used to, there was a time when I would have run you a close second. I've always enjoyed my caffeine, and still do! Thanks for the comments, KD!

KDuBarry03 on May 24, 2012:

I am so happy to have read this. I drink about 80oz of coffee a day and I have to tell you: I've been feeling much healthier. A lot of my friends say I drink too much because of the caffeine in it; however, there's really no negative, that I see here, to support their claims. Thank you for such a useful hub!

-KD

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on May 23, 2012:

tipstoretireearly - Isn't it great to know that at least one of our favorite things isn't so bad, after all? Thanks for stopping by to share a cup with me!

tipstoretireearly from New York on May 23, 2012:

Comforting to hear that something so fun and relaxing can also be good for you!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on May 23, 2012:

Becky Puetz - Glad you enjoyed my hub about the many benefits of drinking coffee! Thanks for stopping in!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on May 23, 2012:

Thoughtforce - Ahh...how nice to meet a fellow coffee lover! Glad you enjoyed the hub, and that you will enjoy a few cups of guilt-free coffee with me. Thanks so much for your comment and the pin!

B from Oklahoma on May 23, 2012:

Great news since I'm addicted to coffee. Enjoyed your Hub.Thanks,

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on May 23, 2012:

Since I drink a lot of coffee I was thrilled to read this! So many benefits and now I can enjoy my coffee with a clean concience:) I also liked the way you designed this hub, it looks so professional and stylish! Interesting, beautiful and very useful! I wish I could vote it up but I pin it instead.

Tina

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 23, 2012:

Hi Denise,

Really? You just started drinking coffee? Well, better late than never! :) It's funny, when I was pregnant was the only time in my life I couldn't drink coffee. No wonder I was crabby when I was pregnant!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on March 22, 2012:

I'm all for reasons #5,6,7, and 9, hahaha. By the looks of the responses to this hub you really hit the target with this subject. Great hub, Stephie! Thanks so much for sharing such useful info.

I NEVER drank coffee until this midnight shift job. (oops, I lied-I drank 3 sips from my husband's thermos it smelled sooo good, back in 1975...three days later I found out I was pregnant! LOL) Voted up, Up, UP! (kind of like what that coffee does to me during the early morning hours, hee hee).

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 21, 2012:

ccdursina - I did enjoy researching the benefits of drinking coffee, especially since I'm a dedicated coffee drinker! :) Thanks for stopping by to comment!

Carolina Dursina from Spring Green WI on March 21, 2012:

great post- you really did some good research!

HubTub on March 12, 2012:

My pleasure, Stephanie!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 12, 2012:

hubTub - Thanks for reading and commenting on my benefits of coffee hub while enjoying your cup of coffee!

HubTub on March 12, 2012:

Ah...as I sit here drinking my beloved coffee, I now feel much better. Can't go a day without it. Thanks for sharing this fantastic information. Kudos and an up vote from me!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 10, 2012:

Peggy W - I love waking up to the smell of coffee! Thank heavens for automatic timers! Thanks for the votes and the tweet!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

I would agree that nothing smells better in the morning that freshly brewed coffee. Nice to know all of the health benefits. Up votes and tweeted.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 07, 2012:

RNosaj - Haha...well, if I gave up coffee, I'd be even more irritable! Mmmm...a fresh cup of coffee sounds good right now! :)

RNosaj from USA on March 07, 2012:

Love your solutions for addiction and irritability: Drink More! Great post. I may just brew a pot right now!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 05, 2012:

Nare Anthony - I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub about the benefits of drinking coffee! Thanks for your comments!

Nare Gevorgyan on March 05, 2012:

Awesome! love the photos and the video of collecting coffee beans. Nice! Voted up and awesome :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 03, 2012:

Nina64 - Go ahead and enjoy that second cup of coffee in the morning! It's a nice way to start the day. Glad to meet another coffee addict! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment, Nina.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 03, 2012:

Arren123 - Haha...if I actually counted the number of cups of coffee that I drink, I might feel a little guilty...so I don't! :) Thanks for stopping by to comment on my hub!

Arren123 from UK on March 03, 2012:

Awesome read, coffee drinkers unite alright! I love my coffee and lose count how many mugs fulls a day I have, from morning until night I drink it :)

Nina L James from chicago, Illinois on March 03, 2012:

Your coffee hub is neat!!!!!! I'm a big coffee drinker and I love it!!!!! Nothing gets my day going like a cup of hot coffee with cream & sugar. My daughter teases me and says "Mom, you're addicted to coffee"! She's right. Voted up!!!!!! I did not know that there are so many health benefits of coffee. All the more reasons to have that extra cup of my favorite morning beverage.