What are the benefits of never drinking coffee?

What are the benefits of never drinking coffee?

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  2. There are many benefits of quitting coffee, mainly because of caffeine found in it.
    You sleep better.
    Your digestion processes occur faster and easier.
    You are not dependant on drugs/ chemicals (caffeine) in order to be active and productive.
    You are calm.
    The chances for your digestive tract to be disturbed are less.
    Only if you are willing to wake up until late night should you consider drinking coffee to be active and awake.

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  3. The caffeine in coffee increases catecholamines, your stress hormones. The stress response elicits cortisol and increases insulin. Insulin increases inflammation, and this makes you feel lousy. Habituation to caffeine decreases insulin sensitivity, making it difficult for your cells to respond appropriately to blood sugar. High blood sugar levels lead to arterial deterioration and increased risk of mortality related to cardiovascular disease.

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  4. This is from Joel Furhman, M.D. I’m leaving out the footnotes but you can find them if you Google “DrFurhman.com coffee”.

    “Although one cup of coffee per day is not likely to cause any significant health problems, it is clear that excessive consumption of caffeinated beverages is dangerous. Coffee is known to contribute to heart disease by raising blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, and homocysteine.1-4 Furthermore, a 17-year study of over 40,000 people found that those who drank more than 4 cups of coffee per day were at increased risk of death from any cause. Men under age 55 drinking this much coffee had a 56 percent increase in risk of death, and women more than doubled their risk.5
    Caffeine is a stimulant—it gives you a false sense of increased energy, allowing you to get by with an inadequate amount of sleep. In addition to quantity of sleep, caffeine also reduces the depth of sleep. Inadequate sleep promotes disease and premature aging, and can fuel overeating behaviors. Sleep deprivation also results in higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol and interferes with glucose metabolism, leading to insulin resistance.6 This insulin resistance, and subsequent higher baseline glucose level, further promotes heart disease and other problems.
    Drinking more than one cup of coffee per day can even interfere with your weight-loss goals. Those who drink caffeinated beverages are drawn to eat more often than necessary because they mistake caffeine withdrawal symptoms—such as shakiness, headaches, lightheadedness, etc.—for hunger. These detoxification symptoms are easily mistaken for hunger because eating temporarily suppresses them. It is impossible to get in touch with your body’s true hunger signals if you are addicted to stimulants. If you do decide to stop drinking coffee, keep in mind that it takes four to five days for the caffeine-withdrawal headaches to resolve once you stop drinking coffee. If the symptoms are too severe, try reducing the coffee slowly. Losing weight is a more important goal for your overall health than eliminating coffee, but including caffeine does not make it easier to control your appetite and food cravings, it makes it harder.
    What about decaffeinated coffee? There are thousands of different substances in coffee, not just caffeine. Certainly, caffeine is dangerous in large quantities, but decaffeinated coffee also has potentially harmful side effects. Both decaffeinated and regular coffees have cholesterol raising effects, and these effects are known to be due to constituents of coffee other than caffeine.7 Also, these effects are amplified as the number of cups of coffee consumed per day goes up. The chemical substances used to remove the caffeine may be hazardous. Drinking decaffeinated coffee is also associated with risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, possibly due to the caffeine-removing additives.8 For this reason, it is probably safer to choose a water processed decaf if you choose to drink decaffeinated coffee.
    What about the claims that coffee protects against diabetes? A small decrease in risk (7%) of type 2 diabetes has been shown with each additional cup of coffee consumed per day.9 Similar results are seen for decaffeinated and regular coffee, so caffeine is likely not the substance responsible for this benefit. Actually, in the short term, caffeine impairs the body’s sensitivity to insulin; decaffeinated coffee also has an insulin desensitizing effect, but to a lesser degree compared to caffeinated coffee.10 Since coffee also raises blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, and homocysteine, it is not a good idea to rely on coffee to protect you from diabetes. The best protection against diabetes is maintaining a healthy weight with a nutrient rich diet and regular exercise.
    In summary, coffee is most like a drug, not a food. Like most drugs it may have some minor benefits, but its toxic effects and resultant risks overwhelm those minor advantages. Caffeine is a stimulant and a long and healthy life is most consistently achieved when we avoid stimulants and drugs and meet our nutritional needs with as little exposure to toxicity as possible. If you do drink coffee it is best to limit to one cup per day, and if you drink decaffeinated coffee, choose water processed.”‘
    On the other hand, Michael Greger, M.D. had this to say:
    “One of the reasons it’s so difficult to study the relationship between diet and cancer is because many dietary behaviors are associated with nondietary behaviors. For example, the reasons we used to think coffee drinking caused cancer was because people who drink coffee are more likely to have a cigarette in the other hand. When you factor that out, though, for example, by just looking at nonsmokers who do or don’t drink coffee we find that if anything coffee consumption may reduce the total cancer incidence.
    Not by much, but overall, according to the latest review, an increase in consumption of 1 cup of coffee per day was associated with about a 3% reduced risk of cancers, especially bladder cancer, breast cancer, mouth, colorectal, endometrial, esophageal, liver, leukemic, pancreatic, and prostate cancers.
    Coffee beans aren’t really beans, but you are, after all, just soaking a powdered seed in some water, so a reduction in cancer risk not that surprising.”
    Dr. Greger also wrote this (on his website, nutritionfacts dot org)
    “The new dietary guidelines for beverages recommend tea and coffee second only to water in healthfulness, but what about concerns that coffee might impair the function of our endothelium? While unfiltered coffee may raise cholesterol levels, paper filtered coffee and decaffeinated coffee doesn’t appear to; two cups a day might even increase the ability of our arteries to dilate. The same can be said about consumption of Greek (boiled) coffee. Coffee enemas as administered in a Gerson-style therapy might be of no help, though. Coffee also appears to decrease the risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, Parkinson’s disease, chronic liver disease, and cancer. Unlike exposing chicken to high temperatures, roasting coffee does not seem to produce carcinogens, nor does not appear to build up benzene (unlike certain soft drinks). Although coffee has been shown to be beneficial to our health, tea is probably healthier. What about the caffeine? It may have some health-promoting properties, but pregnant women should limit their caffeine consumption. Coffee does not seem to speed up the cellular aging process, unlike fish and bacon.
    Coffee consumption around one to two cups a day is not associated with a change in mortality rate.”
    My own view: I’m way too sensitive to the caffeine in coffee to ever have it. I have to be careful about tea, even decaf tea, so I’m on the extreme end of the caffeine-sensitivity spectrum. They say a slow metabolism means you’re more sensitive to caffeine. Mine should be fast because I exercise a lot, but apparently it isn’t.

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  5. Assuming you don’t compensate by drinking other caffeinated beverages, you get the benefit of never having to go through caffeine withdrawals. That’s mostly what caffeine is giving you once you’ve habituated to it.
    You also save lots of money, based on the prices I’ve observed people paying for their tubs of Joe at trendy coffee shops.

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  6. 1- The 10 benefits of coffee
    Coffee has been sought after for centuries for its stimulating effect: it is the main source of caffeine in adults, an active substance in the nervous system. Recent studies show that caffeine also acts on other organs, in particular the cardiovascular system and the digestive tract.
    But coffee also contains specific polyphenols, whose promising health effects have been scrutinized by researchers.
    Discover in our slideshow all its hidden virtues. And advice on how to consume it well.
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    Coffee to stay awake
    From the XVIII th century, coffee drinkers (mainly nobles and intellectuals) used this beverage to stay awake and treat their headaches . But they also found that drinking too nervous and made him from sleeping 1 .
    Doctors from the National Institute of Sleep and Vigilance point out that caffeine delays falling asleep, can make sleep lighter and increase nocturnal awakenings 2 . According to experts from the European Food Safety Authority, taking 100 mg of caffeine (15 cl of filter coffee) is enough to produce these effects.
    Caffeine is eliminated by the body after approximately 6 hours. To fall asleep at 11 p.m., you should therefore drink your last coffee no later than 5 p.m. The elimination of caffeine, however, varies from one individual to another, which explains why some sleep “like a baby” after drinking coffee at the end of dinner.
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    Coffee to stay zen
    Several studies suggest a lower risk of depression in coffee drinkers . A recent study of 10,177 Koreans, aged 20 to 97, found that those who drank three or more cups of coffee a day were almost twice as likely to develop depression 1 .
    The researchers put forward some hypotheses to explain these results. The consumption of coffee would stimulate the cerebral production of neurotransmitters of the well-being : serotonin and dopamine . Additionally, some coffee polyphenols (chlorogenic acids) appear to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
    The National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) however stresses that an excess of caffeine can be a cause of anxiety , irritability and nervousness. Nearly 30% of the French adult population would exceed the daily threshold used as a generator of anxiety, evaluated at 200 mg of caffeine 2 , or 30 cl of filtered coffee.
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    Coffee and cardiovascular pathologies
    According to EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, there is a very large literature on this subject, with disparate results. A meta-analysis of 36 intervention studies indicates that in healthy adults, 3 to 5 cups of coffee per day reduces the risk of myocardial infarction by 12% and 1 to 6 cups the risk of stroke from 8 to 13%. Certain polyphenols in coffee with antioxidant effects are thought to help protect the arteries 1 .
    These results should be viewed with caution in people with heart disease, however, since caffeine increases heart rate and blood pressure temporarily. The issue was raised following deaths from cardiac arrest linked to the consumption of energy drinks.
    People who know they are affected by a cardiac pathology ( angina pectoris , heart failure, etc.) must therefore limit their caffeine consumption to 200 mg per day (30 cl of filtered coffee). As for athletes, they should not drink coffee (or other drink that is a source of caffeine) before training, especially since caffeine is a diuretic and promotes dehydration during exercise.
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    Café et transit intestinal
    Chez certaines personnes, la caféine semble stimuler la motricité du côlon. Un essai réalisé auprès d’adultes en bonne santé la constaté que la consommation d’une tasse de café induit pour 29 % des volontaires le besoin d’aller aux toilettes dans un délai de 4 à 30 minutes1.
    Mais la caféine stimule aussi la production de suc gastrique. Chez les personnes souffrant de reflux gastro-oesophagien, le café augmente donc le risque de brûlures gastriques (le suc gastrique étant très acide).
    6-Coffee to boost the brain
    Several tests have proven that coffee consumption improves brain capacity : shorter reaction time, better vigilance and attention, optimization of logical reasoning. But studies looking for a link between coffee consumption and protection against age-related cognitive decline often give conflicting results.
    American experts, who compiled the studies published between 2000 and 2014, conclude that caffeine has a limited effect on the risk of cognitive decline, especially in men. But that it probably helps in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (caffeine is said to lessen the deleterious effects of beta-amyloid protein) and certainly protects against Parkinson’s disease , the optimal dose seems to be 3 cups per day 1 .
    7- Coffee to prevent certain cancers
    More than 500 epidemiological studies have been carried out studying the link between different levels of coffee consumption and the occurrence of cancer. Scientists believe that a moderate level of consumption (maximum 3 cups per day) does not increase the risk of cancer.
    According to an American expert report published in February 2015 1 , it seems proven that coffee contributes to the prevention of endometrial and liver cancers . Expertise confirmed in March 2015 by the World Cancer Research Fund, which indicates that just one cup of coffee per day is enough to reduce the risk of liver cancer by 15%, including among drinkers of alcoholic beverages 2 . Explanation: Caffeine and polyphenols in coffee (such as diterpenes) could inhibit the development of cancer cells.
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    Coffee and bone health
    Studies have suggested that coffee reduces calcium uptake . However, this effect seems very weak for a reasonable consumption of coffee. A Swedish study following 61,500 women for 20 years, showed that at the same age, women who drank more than 4 cups of coffee per day had a bone mineral density 2% lower than those who drank less than 1 cup. However, the risk of fracture did not appear to be related to the amount of coffee consumed 1 .
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    Coffee to lose weight
    Incorporated in many slimming supplements, the caffeine promotes the burning of fat stores and stimulates the metabolism (the body burns slightly more calories in the hours after ingestion) . But, these effects are modest with a reasonable dose of caffeine.
    Strong coffee could also be a natural appetite suppressant. One of the polyphenols in coffee, chlorogenic acid, also appears to have a “fat burning” interest. However, studies conducted on overweight or obese people (evaluating the effect of coffee on weight loss) are not yet convincing enough to fully state this.
    It also depends on how you drink your coffee: black, with sugar, milk or cream. A cup of coffee sweetened with a piece of sugar (5 g) provides 20 kcal. A cappuccino, a latte or a Viennese coffee in a capsule or in a bag provides 50 to 120 kcal. Finally, bought in a specialized chain, a very large sweet coffee with whipped cream (60 cl) represents 450 kcal!
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    Coffee for type 2 diabetes or gout
    A very recent study suggests that drinking coffee increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes 1 . This study goes against many previous works, which affirmed on the contrary that coffee protects against type 2 diabetes. Who to believe in this case?
    Be that as it may, studies finding a protective effect of caffeine in type 2 diabetes indicate that one should drink between 4 and 6 cups of coffee daily, which is excessive consumption for the majority of adults 2-3 .
    Likewise, it would be necessary to drink 4 to 5 cups of coffee daily to obtain a decrease in the blood level of uric acid ( gout attacks are triggered by an excess of uric acid in the body).

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  7. You get the benefits of not getting any benefits. Hooray! Caffeine gets a pretty bad reputation because it is a chemical that has noticeable effects on the body so it gets painted as this crazy dangerous addictive drug. Coffee and caffeine are healthy. Coffee consumption is associated with reduced mortality(all causes)(1), reduced risk of dementia(2), reduced risk of cardio disease(3), reduced risk of diabetes(4), and tolerance to its wakefulness effects to not occur(only to its side effect like jitteriness or increased heart rate). Evidence for addiction is tentative, and withdrawal tends to get blown up on the media.
    (1)Freedman, Neal D., Yikyung Park, Christian C. Abnet, Albert R. Hollenbeck, and Rashmi Sinha. “Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality.” New England Journal of Medicine N Engl J Med 366.20 (2012): 1891-904. Web. 31 Aug. 2016.
    (2)Eskelinen, MH. “Caffeine as a protective factor in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Jan. 2010. Web. 01 Sept. 2016.
    (3)Mostofsky, E., M. S. Rice, E. B. Levitan, and M. A. Mittleman. “Habitual Coffee Consumption and Risk of Heart Failure: A Dose-Response Meta-Analysis.” Circulation: Heart Failure 5.4 (2012): 401-05. Web. 31 Aug. 2016.
    (4)Ding, M., S. N. Bhupathiraju, M. Chen, R. M. Van Dam, and F. B. Hu. “Caffeinated and Decaffeinated Coffee Consumption and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and a Dose-Response Meta-analysis.” Diabetes Care 37.2 (2014): 569-86. Web. 31 Aug. 2016.

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  9. There is no benefit at all to complete exclusion of any food that isn’t poisonous. Excessive consumption of some foods such as cured meats is not healthy, but the health difference between drinking, say, 0 coffees ever versus occasionally enjoying one is simply unmeasurable , and anyone that tells you otherwise is an idiot or is trying to sell you something.

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  10. I’ve never seen any good studies on zero caffeine consumption (Not just coffee – no cola, no tea, no exotic African tisanes that have caffeine) that proves health benefits.
    On a personal level I found excluding caffeine after 3PM or so meant I slept more soundly, and went to sleep faster. I can sleep with after dinner coffees, but just not quite as well. This of course is a qualitative remark and therefore likely hard to impossible to measure.
    The sleep/insomnia issue is something family physicians deal with daily. AS I understand it, you sleep less deeply as you age so after about age 35 limiting caffeine consumption becomes more important.
    7th Day Adventists and Mormons advocate a coffee free lifestyle but almost no members truly embrace this, again making epidemiological studies hard to impossible.
    There are a fair number of studies that show increased and improved cognitive function with caffeine consumption.
    National Geographic did an issue about five years ago on the world’s addiction to caffeine. If you’re looking for an approachable overview I would suggest hunting the issue down and reading it.

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