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What other names is Coffee known by?

Cafe, Café, Café Arabica, Café Robusta, Caffea, Coffea arabica, Coffea arnoldiana, Coffea bukobensis, Coffea canephora, Coffea Cruda, Coffea liberica, Coffea robusta, Espresso, Expresso, Java, Mocha.

What is Coffee?

Coffee is a drink made from coffee beans. Coffee beans are the roasted fruit of the Coffea arabica bush.

Likely Effective for...

  • Mental alertness.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Reducing the risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Preventing dizziness on standing up (orthostatic hypotension) in older people.
  • Preventing or delaying Parkinson's disease.
  • Preventing gallstones.
  • Reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Reducing the risk of esophageal, stomach, and colon cancers.
  • Reducing the risk of breast cancer.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Lung cancer, gout, improving thinking, and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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