Is Drinking Coffee Bad for Arthritis? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Coffee is controversial for arthritis. Because it has caffeine and antioxidants, and they can either worsen or improve arthritis symptoms, depending on the type of arthritis and individual response.

Arthritis is a condition that affects your joints.

In arthritis, your body’s immune system can mistakenly attack the joints, or the cartilage in the joints may wear down due to overuse.

This can lead to various health problems, such as joint pain, stiffness, and swelling.

One of the key factors in managing arthritis is diet.

What you consume can affect your inflammation levels, which can impact your arthritis symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage arthritis, you should consume anti-inflammatory rich foods like fish, olive oil, and green leafy vegetables and avoid sugar rich foods like soda, candy, and pastries.

Now, coffee is a beverage made from roasted coffee beans.

People usually drink it to feel more alert and energized.

Coffee is controversial for arthritis because it contains caffeine.

For some types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, it could increase your risk of developing the disease.

However, for other types, like gout, it seems to be protective as it can help reduce uric acid levels.

One cup of coffee can give you approximately 118mg of potassium and 7.2mg of magnesium which is about 3% and 2% of your daily needs, respectively.

Caffeine can negatively affect arthritis by potentially increasing inflammation and affecting the growth of cartilage and bone.

However, coffee also contains antioxidants which can positively affect arthritis by protecting the cells in your body from inflammation and tissue damage caused by free radicals.

Furthermore, coffee is a stimulant and stimulants are debatable for arthritis.

Because, while they can provide temporary relief from fatigue, they may also contribute to increased inflammation in some individuals.

If coffee is good for your type of arthritis, you can drink one or two cups of coffee per day safely.

More than that can cause increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis and negative effects on bone growth.

If coffee is bad for your type of arthritis, I suggest you limit your coffee intake to prevent worsening of joint pain.

Stick to less than one or two cups a day to minimize these side effects.

Also, you shouldn’t drink coffee if you have osteoporosis to prevent weakening of bones.

Because caffeine can interfere with calcium absorption, leading to weaker bones.

You can buy fresh coffee beans in your local market or can order them online. Always choose beans that are freshly roasted.

Because fresh beans will provide the best flavor and highest amount of beneficial compounds.

You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one month.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with arthritis effectively.

I always recommend my arthritis patients to follow an arthritis-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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