As promised last week, today’s post concludes our two-week celebration of International Coffee Week by providing an updated table linking coffee/caffeine intake to health effects.  The original table appeared in April and you can see that it’s grown quite a bit in only four months.  The fly in the ointment continues to be a glaring lack of evidence and information on the effects, if any, of coffee and its ingredients on the various sensory systems.  We just do not know how coffee affects hearing, balance, or tinnitus…. but we’d sure like to know.


Coffee and Health

One recent study summarizes the coffee health situation thus:

“…coffee contains diverse biologically active compounds that include caffeine, minerals, and phytochemicals… … coffee may provide as much as half of total antioxidant intake in many settings.”  

Table 1 shows the current tally of health effects of coffee/caffeine. If anything’s missing, please send in the information and improve this table.  Thanks.

coffee table revised part a

Table References

[i] Freedman ND et al. Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality. N  Engl J Med 2012; 366:1891-1904, May 17, 2012

[ii] Jane Brody, Having Your Coffee and Enjoying It Too.  NYTimes, June 25, 2012.

[iii] Mostofsky E. no title given. Circulation: Heart Failure. June 26, 2012.

[iv] D’Elia L et al. no title given. European Society of Hypertension (ESH) 2012: 22nd European Meeting on Hypertension and Cardiovascular Protection. April 26 – 29, 2012; London, United Kingdom.

[v] Garcia-Lopez E. no title given.  American J of Clin Nutrition; May 13, 2011.

[vi] Goto A et al. Coffee and caffeine consumption in relation to sex hormone-binding globulin and risk of type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women. Diabetes. 2011 Jan;60(1):269-75. Epub 2010 Oct 28.

[vii] Rashmi S et al. Caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee and tea intakes and risk of colorectal cancer in a large prospective study. Am J Clin Nutr, June 13, 2012, doi: 10.3945/ajcn.111.031328.

[viii] Lucas, M et al.  Coffee, Caffeine, and Risk of Depression Among Women.  & Brauser D.  Coffee May Keep Depression Away

[ix] Richie K et al. The neuroprotective effects of caffeine. A prospective population study (the Three City Study).  Neurology, August 7, 2007 vol. 69( 6), pp 536-54. doi: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000266670.35219.0c

[x] Tanskanen A. et al.  Heavy coffee drinking and the risk of suicide. European J of Epidemiology, 16(9),  (2000), 789-791, DOI: 10.1023/A:1007614714579

 [xi] Postuma RB. no title given. Movement Disorder Society’s 16th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. Abstract 421. Presented June 18, 2012

[xii] Molloy JW et al. (2012), Association of coffee and caffeine consumption with fatty liver disease, , nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, and degree of hepatic fibrosis. Hepatology, 55: 429–436. doi: 10.1002/hep.24731

[xiii] Wilson KM et al. Coffee Consumption and Prostate Cancer Risk and Progression in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. JNCI J Natl Cancer Inst (2011). doi: 10.1093/jnci/djr151. First published online: May 17, 2011

[xiv] Loomans E et al. Caffeine Intake During Pregnancy and Risk of Problem Behavior in 5- to 6-Year-Old Children.  Pediatrics peds.2011-3361; published ahead of print July 9, 2012, doi:10.1542/peds.2011-3361.

[xv] Santos I, et al.  Maternal Caffeine Consumption and Infant Nighttime Waking. : Prospective Cohort Study.  Pediatrics, 2, 2012.

[xvi] Arita R.  Caffeine Increases Tear Volume Depending on Polymorphisms within the Adenosine A2a Receptor Gene and Cytochrome P450 1A2. Ophthalmology, Volume 119, Issue 5 , Pages 972-978, May 2012.

[xvii]Revaleskin Coffee Berry treatments.

[xviii] Turati F et al. Coffee and cancers of the upper digestive and respiratory tracts: meta-analyses of observational studies. Ann Oncol. 2011 Mar;22(3):536-44.  Epub 2010 Oct 13. 

photos courtesy of cafe press,

2 Responses to Drink to Your Health and Longevity if Not Your Hearing: International Coffee Day Enters its 2nd Week

  1. Mike Metz says:

    HOLY GROUNDS, BATWOMAN! This qualifies as more than I ever wanted to know about anything I drink…. except beer.

    • Holly Hosford-Dunn says:

      I promise to curb the caffeine obsession, if not the intake, but your suggestion that holy sites for coffee drinking may exist is enticing. I will consult with the Vatican immediately.