Can Coffee Reduce Joint Pain?

Janice CarsonJanice Carson

While there are lots of natural ways to fight and reduce the pain in your joints, coffee is one that is only effective in certain situations.

Can Coffee Reduce Joint Pain?There’s been a lot of discussion over the last several years about coffee and how it may or may not be able to impact one’s overall levels of joint pain. Those suffering from problems related to arthritis have reason to wonder a report from the year 2000 linked drinking regular cups of java to a higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis. But ever since then, different research has started to show that a cup of your favorite blend may not be as bad as we once thought. In fact, it sometimes may be a good thing.

First of all, it’s worth getting rid of the misconception about it causing joint related issues. The fact is that larger studies have been performed over the years that found that earlier research was inconsistent. Today, it’s widely accepted that there is little to no link between drinking our favorite morning beverage and the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis or any other type of arthritis, for that matter.

As for the drink actually combating joint related pain, the results will really depend upon the source of your pain. If you’re suffering from things like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or pain caused by injuries, the chances of getting any benefits from coffee are slim. However, those who are suffering from gout will actually want to consider upping their trips to their local barista.

That’s because this drink has been shown to lower uric acid levels in the body. Gout is actually a painful type of arthritis that is caused by the body’s inability to process the levels of uric acid within it. The acid level turns into deposits of painful, sharp crystals which end up in the joints of the body. And since drinking your morning cup of Joe may reduce uric acid, there’s a strong chance that it will help alleviate gout.

Studies have shown that about six cups a day are the minimum, however, so you’ll have to plan on drinking enough to actually make a difference. If you do that, you’ll be able to start noticing a reduction in pain levels caused by gout.

So, the short answer is that unless you’re suffering from a very specific type of joint condition, this probably won’t have a big impact on your life. However, those with gout may want to brew up a pot in the morning to fight their joint pain.