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Coffee and Health

Below we discuss coffee, caffeine and health. Are you interested in tasting the worlds lowest caffeine coffee, or the world's original coffee? Then click below and order them.

Yirgacheffe has been found to have is the lowest caffeine content coffee in the world. With only 0.4% in bean from. The coffee (like most our coffees) is grown 2000m above see level in the shade of highland forests in the Yirgacheffe area of the Sidama province in Ethiopia. Coffee Beans by Quaffee
Limu is the most natural coffee your can buy. The coffees from Limu are from the original forests where coffee was found. It is the only true Heuristic typica Arabica, and hence is the only truly natural coffee. At least 40% of the crop is picked by hand by the substance farmers in the Western Province of Ethiopia

Healthy Discussion

With many years of experience behind us as coffee drinkers we started reading more and more about the bad wrap coffee seems to have got, with no one standing by it side. So we collect references that show that coffee is mostly good for you, good for your liver, good to assist the glucose intolerant, good for you if you are susceptable to Parkinson's...

Some Web References

Below are some articles we have found published on the health aspects of coffee:

Reference Description
Forbidden Foods? Here is a list of foods and beverages that we were told to keep away from, and guess what those recommendations were wrong read more...
A Comprehensive Guide The most comprehensive online guide we have found: Coffee And Caffeine Health Information. Specifically their Q&A section
Positively Coffee There is significant authoritative scientific information available to support the fact that drinking coffee in moderation has many positive effects on our health and well being". Click hereto view topics and further information.
Coffee and Type 2
Coffee Could Help Keep Diabetes Away
- "The researchers found that women who drank more than six cups a day of any type of coffee were 22 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, the kind that occurs in adult life, compared to those who avoided coffee"
Coffee and the Liver
Coffee May Cut Cirrhosis Risk
- "Drinking coffee seems to protect alcohol drinkers from liver disease, a new study suggests"
Coffee and Caffeine Protect against Liver Injury Induced by ThioacetamideCoffee intake has been inversely related to the incidence of liver diseases.
Coffee found to be high in health-giving antioxidants
"Coffee might soon be considered a health drink following a study showing it is a surprisingly rich source of anti-cancer agents"
Healthy Drinking
Study: Drinking Coffee Has Health Benefits
"Coffee is America's No. 1 source of antioxidants, an important compound that protects your body from disease... study ranked black tea as second source"
Parkinson and Diabetes Is coffee good or bad for your health?
"Studies indicate coffee reduces the risk for diabetes and Parkinson's"
Reduces heart failure This study found that compared to no consumption, an inverse relationship between coffee and heart failure was seen for 4 servings/day.

Harvard Medical School

A summary from some Harvard Medical School articles:

Coffee may protect against disease, says the Harvard Health Letter
  • Zero increase in risk for high blood pressure
  • Coffee drinkers 50% less likely to get liver cancer than nondrinkers, and there are a few studies have found ties to lower rates of colon, breast, and rectal cancers.
  • Link between cholesterol increases and decaffeinated coffee
  • Heavy coffee drinkers half as likely to get diabetes as light drinkers or nondrinkers.
  • Coffee seems to protect men against Parkinson’s disease

For copyright reasons we have not listed all the articles Read more by clicking here

Another Hardvard article regarding the moderate drinker, coffee is safe says Harvard Women’s Health Watch

Some more more sites

Everywhere we look we found sites talking about health and coffee, here are some we found:

Item Info
Q & A Some FAQ from a Canadian coffee site
Caffiene Herbs 2000 is description of Caffeine used as a source for below
WebMD Health Benefits of Coffee - The New Health Food
20 years on Coffee is safe says Harvard Women’s Health Watch
Health Food Washington Post Coffee As Health Food
Anti Aging Healthy Nutrition Effects of Coffee as an anti aging product
BBC home Coffee is 'health drink' says Italian
Everyone different Is coffee harmful? Research suggests your personal health profile holds the answer
Opinion Article on how caffeine can benefit our hair Caffeine Hair Loss CURE?.

Articles found online worth reading:

Title Read more
Mom Gives 7-Year-Old Son Coffee Daily to Treat ADHD ABC News story treating ADHD with coffee
Coffee helps beat depression in women Harvard study finds coffee may decrease depression
Coffee May Protect Against Disease Study that finds:
  • Coffee might have anti-cancer properties
  • Heavy coffee drinkers may be half as likely to get diabetes
  • Coffee seems to protect men, but not women, against Parkinson’s disease
read more: Coffee Health Benefits
coffee is safe says Harvard Women’s Health Watch Despite 20 years of reassuring research, many people still avoid caffeinated coffee because they worry about its health effects. read more...
Coffee drinking associated with lower risk of endometrial cancer This found on a health site 7.5 a connection between coffee drinking and protection against the development of endometrial cancer originally published in the American Association for Cancer Research journa

Not so positive articles

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Caffeine Alters Estrogen Levels in Younger Women Our first slightly negative study that we have found, we are always looking for more: New York Times article

Will add more as they are found, or Contact us and send us one to put here...

Fat Free?

A cup of black coffee has zero fat and only a couple of calories, however add milk, cream or sugar and things change.

For reference we have listed some details on how many calories, carbohydrates (carbs), fat and cholestrol, each variety has. The  source of these fats: Coffee Association of Canada

Serving Additive Calories Carbs Fat Cholestrol
Tblspn 2% Milk 8 .8g .3g 1.2mg
Tblspn Full Cream Milk 9 .7g .5g 1.5mg
Tblspn Half & Half 19 .6g 1.7g 5.6mg
Tblspn Cream 30 .5g 3g 10mg
Tspn Sugar 11 3g 0g 0mg
Packet Sweetner 0 0g 0g 0mg

Check the chemistry or bio-chemistry

Coffee has a number of trace minerals (Thiamin, Niacin, Folate, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese) and is a good source of Potassium, Pantothenic Acid and Riboflavin. A 180ml cup of brewed coffee may contain 2 to 4 milligrams of Sodium, that saidmost of the sodium content comes from the water used to brew the coffee.


The chemical component of coffee that has caused all the commotion is Caffeine molecule 3,7- dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione. The more commonly used technical name is 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine. Both names describe the chemical structure of the caffeine molecule.

This molecule is one of many (over 700) within a typical cup of coffee. The acid in the stomach is unable to break down the caffeine molecule which means that one-sixth of a dose of caffeine is absorbed through the blood vessels in the stomach, and most of the remainder is absorbed through the wall of the duodenum, the first section of the small intestine. The next stop for the caffeine molecule is the liver, then the heart and brain. The importance of this is that it takes 30 to 60 min before it is in your system, so it is not an instant pick me up.

Since Caffeine is relatively insoluble in fat, it does not accumulate in body fat, it is a use it or loose it chemical and its half life is dependent on a body weight and how efficient (i.e. healthy) a person’s body is. Starting with an efficient body the half life of the caffeine molecule is 2 hours and the longest the half life is, is 10 hours. The liver metabolizes caffeine each time blood containing caffeine passes through it (this may be why incidence of liver disease is reduced for coffee drinkers). Caffeine removed from the blood is replaced by more caffeine returning from the body's other fluids. This process continues until eventually all of the caffeine has been metabolized by the liver. This means that within a maximum of 12 hours all caffeine is removed from your system.

Since caffeine enters the blood stream it is capable of affecting almost every part of the body. For each person the side effects will vary in intensity, however as a guide these are the recognized possible side effects of having coffee in your blood stream:

  • Some studies have found a statistically insignificant increase in heart rate in some subjects, while others have had an initial decrease in heart rate plus an increase.
  • Caffeine heightens the part of the brain that responds to carbon dioxide levels in the blood causing increased rate breathing, and since it strengthens the action of the diaphragm the breaths can be deeper too.
  • Another know side effect is that caffeine causes fats to move from bodily deposits into the bloods, if taken between meals, and if taken with meals increases the rate in which food is transformed to usable energy (why it is band in sports), good for losing weight and exercising
  • The temperature-regulating centres of the body are stimulated by caffeine, which consecutively produces an increase in body temperature. To sustain this change, energy that might have been deposited as fat is used, even if the body is at rest a greater amount of food is burned
  • Caffeine increases the mobility of sperm thereby enhancing fertilization


There has been one scientific experiment that found that the molecule caffeine is a stimulant, and as such has some side effects when administered directly to a pregnant mother rat.

Since that original study done in the 1960's, a significant number of studies have been done scientific and medical institutions that have proven links between coffee and health improvement. These links are thought to be caused by the other over 700 molecules (including the anti-oxidents) found in coffee. It must be remembered that coffee is essentially a member of the fruit family

There has is also some research pointing to the fact that the decaffeination proccess adds more harmfull chemicals than it removes (depending on the process used)

One thing is for sure: that most of the research done finds hand-picked, properly roasted, properly brewed Arabica-based coffees have significantly less caffeine than the standard coffees that are available on every street corner. See:


Happy frog

Stimulants have received a lot of bad press mostly because of what is call the stimulant cycle. The best way to check if you are caught in a stimulant cycle is to give up all stimulants for about a week. So what are they?

  • Caffeine - so no coffee, tea, cola, chocolate, Red Bulls or similar
  • Sugar - so no sweets, no jams, no sauces with sugar (e.g. ketchup or tomato sauce) etc, no liquid medicines. Refined Sugar is VERY unhealthy for you. Some believe it should carry a surgeon generals warning
  • Hi GI foods - this is an interesting one. You will need to check a local list, but basically white flour-based (bread pasta etc) products and items like short-grained rice
  • Fatty foods - no French fries, no crisps, nothing that has seen oil of any type. We are programmed to love these foods. Did you know that a grilled burger has more fat than a roast potato!
  • Over-the-counter medicines - the majority of addicts rely on over the counter medicine
  • Illegal substances (illegal in most countries that is)

WOW Can you do it for a week, or perhaps 3 days? If by day three you are experiencing fatigue or have headaches, you have a stimulant problem. I would suggest you consult a dietician or a good holistic diet book.

More worthwhile reading: MYTHS and FACTS about Caffeine

Our Solution - As an unqualified laymen

Personally once you understand that the stimulant cycle is about 2 - 4 hours, and you have cleansed you body by removing the above from you diet (obviously you first speak to your doctor) then my advice is keep away from them until you have been awake at least for 2 hours, and had a non-stimulant-based breakfast. Then you may start a cycle but it is not perpetuating

There is a lot of literature to read on this, but "6 Weeks to Superhealth" (by Patrick Holford) for me was an interesting read. I have found that once the cycle is broken, I can drink coffee. So for example wake up at 06:00 and you can should only have your first cup of coffee at 9:00

I will say though that I am neither a doctor nor diatician, I only know what has worked for me. If I follow the "9 o'clock" rule I find that the cycle does not dominate my living style. And I regularaly check this by removing stimulants from my diet and seeing if the cycle has started - Warren Machanik

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