Dr. Mom blog explores the benefits of coffee.

When I was going through my undergraduate training – I would have 3 cups of coffee per day. My mom and my relatives kept telling me to cut back on my caffeine consumption, but never really told me why. “Its not good for you!” they would say. During my medical training, I decided to take this advice and cut my coffee consumption down to 1 cup of coffee per day. Generally speaking I feel better with a few cups of coffee in the morning, so I wondered if there are any health benefits of coffee. When I gave birth to my daughter I felt like I needed the caffeine more than ever.

As many of you know, the first few months of parenthood can be some of the most physically exhausting times of our lives (albeit also some of the most amazing times).  Within the first month after giving birth to Madi my coffee consumption amped up. I was no longer drinking my standard one cup a day, but was back to my previous intake of 3 cups per day.

Once again my mom told me to cut down on my coffee, but this time instead of reducing my coffee intake I decided to review the evidence to see if there were any health benefits of coffee.

does the medical evidence support health benefits to coffee and caffeine consumption?

When I reviewed the medical evidence, I found that that there may actually be health benefits to drinking coffee! A study published by the British Medical Journal in 2017 suggested that three or four cups a day (which is considered moderate consumption) confers greatest benefit, except in pregnancy and for women at risk of fracture.

“Coffee consumption seems generally safe within usual levels of intake, with summary estimates indicating largest risk reduction for various health outcomes at three to four cups a day, and more likely to benefit health than harm.”

What are the health outcomes related to caffeine consumption?

This study found that moderate consumption of coffee is associated with health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other diseases. 

After reviewing the evidence supporting the benefits of coffee, I will happily drink my 3 cups of coffee per day!

References

https://www.bmj.com/content/359/bmj.j5024 – accessed June 8 2019

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