8 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Drinking Coffee

Posted on November 5th, 2010 by admin  |  25 Comments »

Is sipping coffee by the fireplace one of the usual things you do to beat the cold season?

The average American consumes about 10 pounds of coffee each year, whether it’s a hot summer day or a frosty winter night. The most appealing thing about coffee is its taste. Those who don’t like the flavor of plain coffee simply have to add chocolate, cream, milk, and other enhancers to suit their preference.

Many say that they can’t start their day without drinking at least a cup of coffee, not knowing or simply ignoring the fact that the world’s favorite beverage is not a health-promoting drink and should not be regularly consumed.

Here are Dr. Joseph Mercola’s top reasons why you should ditch coffee:

1. Coffee has ZERO nutritional value.
Coffee does not contain any vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Those who promote the health benefits of coffee will argue that it contains antioxidants but whatever benefits it may provide are cancelled out by the numerous dangers to your health.

2. Coffee contains a lot of caffeine.

Dr. Mercola believes that caffeine is a powerful drug which should be avoided or severely limited. Overconsumption of caffeine can lead to anxiety symptoms, depleted iron and calcium levels in women, heart palpitations, increased blood pressure and stress hormone levels, insomnia, and a sensation of nervousness or jitters.

3. Coffee increases your risk of rheumatoid arthritis and stroke.

A study showed that drinking three cups of coffee a day could increase the risk of thromboembolic stroke in older men who have high blood pressure. People who drank four or more cups of coffee on a daily basis doubled their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis compared to those who drank less coffee.

4. Coffee increases your risk of osteoporosis.

Coffee stimulates your adrenal hormones, which activate your fight or flight response.
Your adrenals may burn out when stimulated too often and your body will turn to progesterone as a replacement hormone, Dr. Mercola explains.
Progesterone keeps your body’s estrogen in check and when it is used up to compensate for your adrenals, you increase your risk of becoming estrogen dominant, which can lead to osteoporosis.
Coffee also increases the acidity level of your blood. This causes calcium to be pulled from your bones and teeth to be used  as a buffering agent. The combination of estrogen dominance
and high blood acidity further increases your osteoporosis risk.

5. Coffee impairs your body’s ability to use B vitamins.

Since caffeine is a strong stimulant, caffeine gives you an illusion of having more energy but the truth is, too much coffee actually depletes your supply of B vitamins, which provide you with real energy. Coffee also interferes with your body’s ability to use folate and vitamins B12 and B6 – nutrients you need to maintain a healthy homocysteine level. Elevated homocysteine is associated with a a number of serious, even life-threatening conditions like heart disease and Parkinson’s disease.

6. Coffee is a heavily-sprayed crop.

Most of the coffee you drink is grown outside of the U.S., and the government has limited input and control over the type and quantity of pesticides used in the countries where it gets coffee imports, Dr. Mercola points out. Pesticides contribute to a wide range of health problems, including prostate cancer and other cancers, Parkinson’s disease, and even miscarriages.

7. Coffee is bad for expecting mothers.

Pregnant women should avoid caffeine entirely and those planning a pregnancy should ditch coffee before conceiving, Dr. Mercola warns. Studies show that over 300 mg of caffeine a day may increase a woman’s risk of miscarriage or spontaneous abortion, delivering a low birth weight baby, and having a child with certain birth defects like cleft palate.
Four or more cups of coffee a day may increase a baby’s risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)! Any caffeine consumed passes from the mother to the unborn child and is also transferred through breast milk. The body of an unborn child has no ability to detoxify the caffeine he or she is exposed to.

8. Coffee promotes fluid loss because it is a diuretic, a substance which impairs the body’s ability to use water.

Royal Matcha green teaDr. Mercola recommends drinking tea as a healthy alternative to coffee. Many types of tea provide health benefits but the two that Dr. Mercola highly recommends and personally uses are Royal Matcha green tea and organic Tulsi tea.

Green tea is rich in EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), an antioxidant compound which helps fight cancer cells, protect your brain and liver from oxidation, improve digestion, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

On the other hand, Tulsi tea is derived from the herb Tulsi or Holy Basil, which has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries because of its health promoting properties. Tulsi is an excellent source of antioxidants and phytochemicals, which help support your immune system, promote healthy metabolism, and provide bone and joint support.

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  2. Mason James says on :

    what about the recent study about prostate cancer and coffee
    can you please look into that and comment ?

  3. roger mason says on :

    hi,
    i read the entire full text article on coffee and prostate cancer.
    if you read the actual article you will see coffee drinkers actually
    get more prostate cancer than men who do not.
    caffeine is a toxic poison addictive stimulant drug. coffee has the harmful flavor oils cafestol and kaweol in addition to caffeine.
    there are so many reasons not to drink coffee (or energy drinks) it is
    hard to count them all.
    roger mason

  4. Sandy G says on :

    Hi Doctor Mercola, what about organic decaf coffee? Also, do you believe in organic coffee enemas for cancer treatment?

  5. Joseph says on :

    Rather than risk a “Organic Decaf Coffee”, you might try this alkaline coffee that has only 7% of the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee. Remember many methods of processing foods are organic yet very toxic. Like arsenic for instance, it is used in processing certain foods and is organic, yet do we want that in our foods? No, obviously. So here is a great tasting coffee that is alkaline – hydrating the body. It also improves circulation and oxygen levels in the body as well as improves cognitive brain function from the increased oxygen levels and glyconutrients found in this coffee blend. They also have black tea and other beverages that are no longer harmful to the body but healthful.

  6. Joseph says on :

    And yes, the beverages at are organic. This is actually a nutrition company under the disguise of a coffee company, with their mission to help the health of the coffee drinking population of the world. So on the site you will find little if any health claims. Do your own research on Glyconutrients on pub med the governments medical website. Type in the search bar “glyconutrients and cancer” or what ever disease you wish. Also type in “Gannoderma and cancer” or what ever disease you wish. See how many results. It will blow your mind. These properties are present in the beverages at
    If your not a coffee drinker, you can get some of the extracts only on their website as well.
    Looking forward to your better health,
    Joseph

  7. Nathaniel says on :

    What is the website for this coffee and tea company?

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  10. Cindy Hughes says on :

    Can you please post what the name of the alkaline coffee is or what website to order it from?
    Thank you
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    Hello Dr. Mercola. What do you think about organic coffee enema to treat cancer patients. This seems to have been working great and treating the terminal cancer patients, according to the Gerson theory.
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    Hello. What is the name of the company who makes the alkaline coffee you are recommending, Doc?

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