Coffee: The Miracle Drug

Coffee: The Miracle Drug

When was the last time you heard a doctor use the word miracle? Well, wake up and smell the coffee: “It’s amazing,” says liver specialist Sanjiv Chopra, MD, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Coffee is truly a lifesaving miracle drug.”

Though he says it’s still a “scientific mystery” how a simple cup of coffee works its wonders in the body, large epidemiological studies repeatedly verify its astonishing benefits. Some recent research highlights:

  • More than three cups a day lowers women’s risk of developing the most common skin cancer by 20 percent.
  • More than six cups a day cuts men’s risk of dying from prostate cancer by 60 percent.
  • Drinking at least one cup of coffee a day lowers women’s risk of stroke by up to 25 percent.
  • Consuming at least two cups daily reduces women’s chances of becoming depressed by up to 20 percent.

“Drink it black, or at most put a little skim milk in it” to minimize calories, Dr. Chopra recommends. The benefits from decaf may not be as prodigious, so stick with regular if you can tolerate the buzz. Dr. Chopra drinks at least four cups a day himself, though most people should limit themselves to two. And no, he jokes, “I’m not sponsored by Starbucks.”

Dr. Sanjiv Chopra is the author of Live Better, Live Longer: The New Studies That Reveal What’s Really Good — and Bad — for Your Health.

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48 thoughts on “Coffee: The Miracle Drug

  1. …and alcohol is good for you, too! Mystery? Maybe it’s just because these things make people FEEL better! And when you feel better, you get less disease. Just a thought…

  2. i thougth it is bad to drink more than 2 cups of coffee in aday….and now i have no fears on drinking coffee i like coffee,,,

  3.  No wonder I didn’t experience depression the past 2 semesters because I started drinking coffee! I now love coffee! <3

  4.  No wonder I didn’t experience depression the past 2 semesters because I started drinking coffee! I now love coffee! <3

  5. That is interesting article. well, I have to try reducing drinking coffee.

  6. Interesting in that coffee is good for us.   I have cut down on using sweetners in coffee but still prefer it light so use 2% milk.  I wonder if the “light coffee” is less staining to the teeth compared to drinking it black.

  7. Consumed and still do mass coffee quantities.

    Haven’t slept a wink for years.

    Full of pep and energy.

  8. I HEARD ABOUT THE MAN THAT LOST SIGHT OF ONE EYE TEMPORARLY FROM DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE. HE SIMPLY HAD BEEN CARELESS AND HAD LEFT HIS SPOON IN THE GUP!

  9. I’m a big coffee fan. Been drinking 6 or more cups a day since I was 17 years old. Glad to hear that there is a positive to drinking it.

  10. Yes, I always knew the coffee is the cure for many types of cancer.  By instinst.  Marisol Miranda, S.B. New Jersey.

  11. I don’t understand why all the RD’s Sweepstakes has “Navigation Cancelled” on the pages we are to fill out? Why waste time filling them out if we aren’t entered into the sweepstakes? Doesn’t seem fair does it?

  12. Mt doctor couldn’t believe how much coffee I drink a day.  I don’t drink alcohol, smoke, do drugs or even swear.  Everyone needs some kind of vice…… I feel better now!

  13. best coffee is roasted the old fashion way.2 cops a day with coconut milk.eezyduzzitt.

  14. coffee has advantages indeed, but i often feel heartache after i drink it.

  15. coffee has advantages indeed, but i often feel heartache after i drink it.

  16. coffee has advantages indeed, but i often feel heartache after i drink it.

  17. coffee has advantages indeed, but i often feel heartache after i drink it.

  18. 1/2 a pot per day…… I grind my own beans every Morning. it’s as good as any D/D’s or strbks and costs ALOT less. Take a thermos to work it holds 3 small cups 4 if it’s a 16 oz. 

  19. Newsmax…..tips to flush out fat……Way to long to watch video!!!  Not interested in Dr N’s
    trips and adventures!!!  Just please get to the point how to flush out fat!!!!!

  20. wanted to reach editors for health to tell them about a new information to help strengthen bone and prevent osteoporosis in addition to getting in the best shape ever
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  21. I drink my coffee black.I was not talking about coffee.I was talking about the Readers Digest sweepstakes.I was on chat wit a lady who works at Readers Digest,and she tried to enter me in the sweepstakes,and she said that something must be wrong with their site.I said,well the site has been messed up now for several weeks.I don’t know when,or what,they are going to do about it.Jesse Hendrix.

  22. I drink my coffee black.I was not talking about coffee.I was talking about the Readers Digest sweepstakes.I was on chat wit a lady who works at Readers Digest,and she tried to enter me in the sweepstakes,and she said that something must be wrong with their site.I said,well the site has been messed up now for several weeks.I don’t know when,or what,they are going to do about it.Jesse Hendrix.

  23. This is true, my husband had Lymphoma and the chemotherapy and radiation fried all of his cells for 6+ years. After drinking black coffee daily he is normal and we became pregnant when we thought he was sterile. He credits coffee to this miracle.

    1. Karen, that is an awesome story. I am a coffee drinker, and I drink a coffee that’s healthier than regular coffee. There are so many personal testimonies with the coffee I and others drink.  It will be my pleasure to share some with you.  Rmitchell.

  24. But it has negative sides also so stick to no more than 2  cups a day.

  25. I love coffee its the best.Five hour energy sucks compared to coffee .7 eleven vanilla nut is the best.

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      Copy and paste site to address bar and press enter. That will get you to the next stage.

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