If you are anything like me, then you can’t start your day without first having a good cup of joe. I have been living my life as a coffee addict for almost 10 years of my life, so I know the ins and outs of Coffee like the back of my hand.
However, there’s a small difference between me and the rest.
While most people tend to drink Coffee to get a rush of satisfaction and pleasure, I drink Coffee to keep my body healthy. Believe it or not, Coffee has done wonders to my Sex Life as well, so that’s a plus, right?
This article draws from my years of experience in drinking and studying the effects of Coffee on my health and my lifestyle. As the title suggests, this article focuses primarily on how Coffee affects the male body (wink wink).
But female readers, don’t worry! My wife is already preparing an equally awesome piece for you folks as well.
Table Of Contents
- What Is Coffee?
- Why Is Coffee So Popular Among Men?
- What Are The Coffee Benefits For Men?
- What Are Drawbacks Of Drinking Coffee?
- Can Coffee Actually Make You Productive At Work?
- Does Coffee Help With Muscle Growth?
- How Does Coffee Affect Male Sex Drive ?
- Can Coffee Help With Erectile Dysfunction?
- Can Coffee Cause Male Infertility?
- Bottom Line
Now I completely understand that some of you might have a very busy schedule or have the latest Netflix series to binge! For you people, below is a summary of the main points discussed in this piece.
- Coffee is made by roasting and ground coffee beans originating from the Coffee Plant. The Coffee bean is essentially a matured fruit from the flower.
- Coffee is the world’s second commodity item, and it is very popular amongst men for its affordability, variety, caffeine content, and status symbol.
- Both benefits and drawbacks of Coffee specifically for men are discussed.
- Coffee does not directly affect your productivity, but it can give you a boost in the right direction. Your mood, environment, and many other factors play a role here.
- Coffee alone does not influence your muscle growth. It helps to give you enough energy to work out more efficiently, which can promote better muscle development.
- There are studies that both support and deny the claim that Coffee helps with Sex Drive and erection. However, based on my personal experience, it did help.
- Studies support and deny the claim that Coffee helps with erectile dysfunction, so it can go either way. There isn’t a definite answer to this.
- The majority of evidence supports the fact that excess intake of Coffee could end up hurting your sperm count and sperm quality. However, few studies claim moderate drinking helps improve the mobility of sperm.
If you want to know more and dig deeper into the topics, feel free to read along.
What Is Coffee?
Let’s start with the most basic question. What do you mean by Coffee? And we are not talking about the Coffee that you can easily buy in stores. We are talking about the actual source. Where does your morning cup of joe come from?
Well, Coffee as we know it is made from roasted – ground beans, seeds of an evergreen shrub generally know as the Coffee Plant. Robusta and Arabica are two of the most common Coffee Plants in the world that are believed to supply most of the world’s Coffee. Arabica is mostly found in Central And South America, while Robusta originates from Africa.
The shrub (Coffee Plant) itself bears a small white flower resembling the fragrance of jasmine. The “Coffee Bean” is the fruit of the flower, which turns red once it matures.
Coffee contains a significant amount of a compound called “Caffeine,” whose effect on the human body is a primary reason that gives Coffee its popular status.
The practice of drinking Coffee dates back to as early as 15th Century Arabia. However, it hit its prime and became popular after the 17th century upon hitting Europe. As of now, Coffee is consumed by 1/3rd of the total world’s population.
Coffee as a commodity has a huge impact on today’s world economy as it represents a massive opportunity in the global market. Billions and billions of acres of land today are dedicated to cultivating Coffee. The business of growing, importing, roasting, brewing, and serving coffee is at an all-time high.
Believe it or not, the demand for Coffee is so high these days that small farmers aren’t even able to supply the volume required to meet the demand. In the U.S. alone, 40% of Coffee is consumed in government-run organizations, including military institutions and prisons.
So yeah, Coffee is a pretty big deal!
But as a male who drinks Coffee day in and out, your primary concern is to know how it affects you and your body, right? We will methodically walk through this topic to help you embrace the information with ease.
Why Is Coffee So Popular Among Men?
First, let’s understand why Coffee is so popular among men.
Obviously, you have met people who seem to completely hate the taste and sight of Coffee. But then others literally live by the “Code” of Coffee and everything it entails.
Recent statistics indicate that Men drink almost 50% more Coffee when compared to women. I mean, you have seen all those crime dramas right where the good old detective starts their case by slamming down a cup of Coffee? Well, that’s the real deal! I would go as far as to say that coffee “I.S.” is the reason why offices worldwide work as efficiently as they should.
Back in my hay day as a game developer, the team always used to sip a cup of Coffee by the hour. On days when the workload was a tad bit much, our desks would end up drowning in Coffee by the end of the day (Not Kidding).
Now, these the are factors about Coffee that I believe contribute to its undeniable appeal towards men.
Obviously, there are those “Uber” expensive ones dedicated to the highly elite, but generally, you can get a cup of Coffee for as low as 1$ or less. The low-price tag seems to attract a lot of men in this regard. This is a drink that they can easily enjoy with a couple of friends, regardless of their budget.
Coffee gives its consumers a seemingly endless choice of tastes, varieties, and styles. And this is one of the core reasons why men favor this drink so much. It doesn’t matter what kind of flavor you or your friends prefer; chances are that they will set you up well if you go to a barista.
Ahh, we can’t miss this one now, can we? Caffeine is the natural stimulant found in Coffee that makes it such an interesting and energizing drink. It helps boost your senses by stimulating the central nervous system, helping you stay alert and sane. Coffee contains around 102-200 mg of Caffeine, which is pretty decent for an 8-ounce serving.
Coffees are largely considered as a symbol of status. In most official gatherings, you will notice that in most cases, Coffee is offered as opposed to tea. This is done because Coffee holds a significant status value in our society.
Why do you think almost everyone ends up taking a selfie with their Starbucks cup of Coffee?
What Are the Coffee Benefits For Men?
We will be diving into some pretty heavy stuff in this piece, but let’s start with some lighter ones, shall we? The following are the health benefits that you may expect to experience if you healthily drink Coffee.
Now I completely understand that the health benefits of Coffee are a very controversial topic, So I would like to clear up one thing right away – all of these are the ones that I enjoyed; your experience might vary depending on your physiology.
Helps To Reduce Physical Pain
Men who like to live a long and healthy life usually prefer to have a brief workout session every day. Perhaps you have a similar routine as well. But have you ever experienced pain or fatigue while working out after a long day at the office?
A Norwegian study consisting of 48 participants seemed to have found that Coffee actually helps decrease the pain intensity felt after a long day at work. The group who were given Coffee expressed a pain intensity of Level 41 instead of those who didn’t drink any coffee, expressing a pain level of 55.
Builds Up Defense Against Diabetes
Nowadays, Diabetes is pretty common amongst men. A decent number of health and nutrition experts found a link between decreased risk of Diabetes and drinking Coffee. After reviewing around 28 studies and analyzing the data gathered from 1 million participants, Harvard researchers found that people who drank a cup of coffee every day were 7% less prone to developing Diabetes.
They believe that the polyphenol known as Chlorogenic Acid is responsible for this phenomenon, which helps regulate blood sugar by lowering sugar concentration and absorption.
A study conducted by the National Institute Of Health – AARP Diet And Health, having around 400,000 participants, revealed that drinking just a cup of coffee a day reduced the chances of early dying by 6%. 2-3 cups of Coffee reduced it by almost 10%!
Improves And Sharpens Your Mind
Have you ever found yourself forgetting the name of a person you just met? Or perhaps the date of an important meeting? Or maybe even your anniversary? ( I hope you didn’t!). Well, chances are that these things are happening to you because your brain cannot focus properly when trying to store/retrieve the memory. These might also be a sign of aging or memory decline.
Various studies have shown that drinking 3 cups of coffee per day decreased the chances of developing Alzheimer’s by 65% down the line!
How It Helped Me: To be honest, the problems I mentioned happened to me before. In fact, my situation was even worse. I couldn’t even remember the face of someone whom I just met! But after I started drinking coffee daily, I experienced a significant boost in my mental clarity. It isn’t a magical cure that suddenly made my brain limitless, but I can remember things much better now.
Gives A Boost To Your Physical Performance
If you drink a cup of coffee right before going to the Gym, you’ll notice some significant performance improvement. Researches show that men who had a cup of coffee just an hour before their cycling workout were able to complete their workout routine 5% faster than those who didn’t,
Researchers believe that the increase in performance was because Caffeine prevents the binding of a compound called adenosine to its receptors, which gives you a higher level of alertness.
How It Helped Me: About a year ago, I hit the gym almost every day, twice a day. My body really started taking a toll during that period. However, what I used to do was, drink a cup of Coffee before every workout session. It significantly helped lower my fatigue pain and stay energized for long.
Helps You Stay Focused
Studies have shown that the Caffeine found in Coffee has an effect on a particular area of your brain that helps with concentration and short-term memory. Consuming a cup of coffee could help you focus better and be more productive. ( This is discussed elaborately in a section below.)
Help You Drive Better
Driving while being drowsy is one of the leading causes of road accidents in many countries. A study in the Netherlands
Helps Fight Depression And Mood Swings
Being a guy isn’t easy. In most cases, we have to work hard, balance our social, work, and family life! And let’s not forget the financial pressure of earning enough dough to keep everything together. Life isn’t easy, and sometimes things do get tough. It’s absolutely fine if you feel a bit down during these difficult moments.
Coffee seems to positively boost your mood by stimulating your nervous system to produce more dopamine and serotonin, which improves your mood.
How It Helped Me: Just before my marriage, some personal issues were driving me crazy and were constantly giving me mood swings. I won’t say that Coffee was the perfect solution to my problems, but Coffee did help soothe my mind a little.
Bonus: It Can Act As A Excuse When Trying To Talk To A Girl You Like
So, you are staring at the girl you like, you want to ask her out but can’t find the right excuse or pick-up line? Just build up the courage and ask her out for a coffee! If you are at a coffee shop or at a place where they sell Coffee, offer her one.
Coffee is the kind of drink that most girls won’t take negatively (instead of offering them something like wine). It won’t make you look cheap either. It’s a very kind and warm gesture and can act as a great conversation starter.
How It Helped Me: It helped me find my wife (:
What Are Drawbacks Of Drinking Coffee?
But all is not love and rainbows, though! Drinking too much Coffee or getting addicted might result in serious issues that should be of concern.
Breaks Down Your Sleep Cycle
Have you ever found yourself working really hard all day long but not being able to sleep at night? Your Coffee might be the culprit here. As a stimulant of the brain and nervous system, drinking too much coffee during the day might lead to problems such as insomnia. Not to mention the fact that frequent visits to the restroom during the night would hamper your sleep cycle as well.
While drinking excessive Coffee today might make you feel hyper and energetic, it could leave you dried and washed up the next day.
Coffee Doesn’t Bode Well With Cholesterol
With the advent of the digital age, it just seems that most of our jobs have turned into desk jobs, where we do all of our stuffs through the eyes of a computer. Sitting in front of the screen and not getting enough workouts leads to the build-up of bad cholesterol.
It has been seen that drinking too much Coffee can hurt your LDL (Bad Cholesterol) level and make it rise up. A rise in LDL could lead to the hardening of arteries, making it difficult for blood to flow to the heart.
Could Give You A Bad Headache
When you are working day and night at the office, you don’t want to get a headache, right? Coffee doesn’t directly cause headaches, though; rather, caffeine withdrawal does. This is the reason why some of you get a massive headache in the morning until you get your caffeine fix.
Coffee doesn’t really cause anxiety; rather, it promotes it. Too much Caffeine in your blood might make your heart go faster and cause your whole body to shake! If you are already a victim of anxiety, chances are that drinking too much Coffee might make it worse.
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Increase Your Stress Levels
Too much Caffeine can increase your cortisol levels (stress levels), making you more relentless and reckless. Drinking a strong coffee will give you a mood boost, but it comes with some bad after-effects if you turn that into a habit. One moment you might be working in a very pleasant mood and explode in the next! As men, we already have a tendency to be angrier; why make it worse right?
Caffeinated beverages such as Coffee can worsen the acidic conditions in your stomach. It was taken in moderation, Coffee will help digestion, but too much consumption could lead to heartburns.
Caffeine can lead to hallucinations while going to sleep or make you jittery at night. This happens because prolonged exposure to Caffeine significantly elevates your body’s adrenaline level, which results in these adverse effects.
Increase Blood Pressure
Men always seem to be very stressed with their finances, job, and so on. Studies have shown that extensive exposure to Caffeine in men who are already suffering from hypertension results in increased blood pressure. Mayo Clinic actually did a study on this very topic. Participants who were given a 160 mg dose of Coffee were seen to have elevated heart rates compared to those who didn’t.
Risk Of Heart Attacks
Dr. Lucio Mos found that young adults with mild hypertension were 4 times more likely to experience heart attack if they consumed 4 cups of coffee per day.
Increased Risk Of Depression
Working a day to day 9-5 job is very stressful, and it can lead to the development of some serious depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, various studies have shown that excessive consumption of Caffeine might contribute to depression and end up making matters worse for you.
Keep in mind, though, that the key here is moderation. All of this risk can be avoided if you take your Coffee in a well-balanced and orderly way. You will find a breakdown of the rules that I followed throughout the years to drink Coffee in a healthy manner below.
Can Coffee Actually Make You Productive At Work?
The question of whether Caffeine helps to be more productive is a bit tricky because the answer is both yes and no.
I was writing this particular piece after a long and hard day at work, and as it just so happens, my day job also involves nothing but writing! So, after writing, proofreading, and revising various articles and precepts all day long, finding the energy and motivation to write another article for your own blog can be rather difficult.
That’s why instead of cooping myself up in my bedroom, I decided to go out in the open to write this particular piece. Just for the sake of this experiment, I went to a nearby coffee shop to see if it makes any difference in my mood and energy levels.
So, there I was, sitting in front of my laptop with a blank screen open. My eyelids were almost closing shut, and I barely had any life force left inside me. I still tried to push through and complete the article. I ordered a cup of Coffee, planned out what I wanted to write, I started writing.
What happened next? Well, after about 2-3 cups of coffee and a bit of brainstorming, the ideas slowly started lighting up like fireworks inside my mind. The lively environment made me feel stronger, the fragrance of Coffee slowly inspired me to keep moving. And just like that, I was able to complete a big chunk of my piece within a short period.
The question then becomes, was it only because of the cup of Coffee? Not really, no.
Coffee did help me write better, but that’s only part of the equation.
When I drank my coffee, it started to stimulate my nervous system, which gave me a boost of laser-focused energy and allowed me to get my work done even after a hectic day. But it was not just the Coffee; it was the change in environment; it was the atmosphere created in a calm and serene coffee shop and everything in between.
All of those tiny factors working together gave me the boost needed to finish my piece and send out a sigh of relief. Had I been sitting in my dark and dingy room, holding a cup of joe, nothing would’ve changed.
So yeah, Coffee is only part of the equation. It helps to give you a boost, but to be truly productive, you need the other factors to stay in your favor as well.
However, you should keep in mind that Caffeine is an excellent Adenosine inhibitor, so if you go wild on Coffee, it may completely ruin your good night’s sleep and push you into an Insomniac territory.
Another important thing I forgot to mention! Your level of tolerance also plays a key role here as well. So, if you are a regular Coffee Addict, having a cup of Coffee just before sitting at work might not have any effect. On the other hand, if you are a stranger to joe, then just a single cup might be enough to send you to the moon and back.
Things might be completely different for you. But for me, it wasn’t just Coffee. The whole package helped me stay focused and be productive, even after a busy day. So, the idea is to keep experimenting and figuring out what works the best for you.
My advice would be to go slow. Take a single cup first; see and note how your body reacts. Then take another cup or adjust your dosage accordingly.
Does Coffee Help With Muscle Growth?
If you are a bodybuilder or someone who constantly works out, I am sure that you’ve heard the rumors that Caffeine promotes muscle growth. Sorry to break your heart, but unfortunately, that’s a false statement.
Caffeine does not directly impact your muscle growth. However, it does provide you with more energy than you can utilize to work on your muscles with more intensity. It acts as a mild painkiller and helps ease down the pain after workout reps.
Various studies support this claim.
European Journal Of Sport Science illustrates the performance-enhancing effects of Caffeine in one of their paper. 54 men participants were provided with 300mg of Caffeine and were asked to do a weightlifting and cycling challenge. The study showed that the ingestion of Caffeine helped them prevent fatigue during sprints.
Coffee also has a positive effect on muscle soreness by delaying the sensation, allowing the individual to work out for longer.
African Journal Of Traditional, Complementary And Alternative Medicines expressed their thoughts on this topic through November 2016. 24 Healthy young adults were tested over a week-long study that gave them certain workout challenges.
The participants were provided with both Caffeine and a placebo. The results concluded by showing an anabolic effect on the development of muscle mass and caffeine intake.
So, to summarize, no, Caffeine does not directly influence muscle mass or growth. But, it does help increase the individual’s performance that seems to result in improved muscle development during workout sessions.
It does so by:
- Giving you a boost of energy
- Increasing metabolism
- Enhancing your athletic performance
- Promoting concentration
- Reducing muscle pain
How Does Coffee Affect Male Sex Drive?
Be completely honest with me; this is the one you all have been waiting for, isn’t it? The grand big and age-old question is, does Coffee help with Male Sex Drive? Since this is a topic that seems to garner so much attention, I decided to do an experiment of my own with my wife to give you a better perspective of the question at hand.
But I go into the findings of my experiment; let’s cover some basics first.
A study published in PLOS ONE from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston seems to agree that it does. According to the findings of that study, Men who drink around 2-3 cups of Coffee or a similar caffeinated beverage per day are likely to experience fewer problems when waking up their sleeping giant, if you know what I mean (wink).
According to the study, men who consumed around 85-170 mg of Caffeine per day were 42% less likely to experience the negative impacts of erectile dysfunction. Or, even if you don’t have E.D. and are still experiencing issues with raising your hero, Coffee might actually help.
But that’s just one side of the coin. On the flip side, some studies show that drinking coffee lowers your sex drive by increasing your anxiety if you already have some form of performance anxiety. The data available were very confusing and contradictory, to be honest, so I decided to take matters into my own hand and see just how it works.
I mentioned earlier that there was a period of my life when I was experiencing symptoms of E.D. Even though everything was great between my wife and me, I still couldn’t get a strong erection due to some family issues.
So, following the suggestions of the positive studies that I mentioned, I decided to take 2 cups of coffee each day for 14 days to assess the outcome.
I tried to keep the environmental conditions and other factors as similar as possible.
Here’s what I found.
So, as you can tell, in the beginning, I did not notice any change. However, after Day 3, I did begin to experience better erections. Even after that, every day wasn’t the same, but the success rate was definitely higher than the days I failed.
By the end, I was getting confident and was able to attain hard and longer erections.
Now keep in mind that our physiology isn’t the same, so even though it worked for me, it might not work for you. Your takeaway from this brief experiment should be that Caffeine could help you improve your sex drive and get better erections.
But Caffeine isn’t the only factor here, so you need to keep an eye out and take note of your surroundings as well to find what’s causing the trouble.
If the problem persists, I would strongly suggest that you visit a doctor and have yourself checked out to get a professional opinion.
Can Coffee Help With Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction (E.D for short) is very common amongst men these days. It has been estimated approximately 40% of men are affected by E.D. by the time they reach 40, and the number keeps growing. The modern lazy lifestyle and the unhealthy barrage of food we consume daily are to blame here.
Remember, though, that just because you are having trouble getting an erection doesn’t mean that you have developed E.D. Feeling the heat or getting aroused is a very psychological phenomenon. You might not be getting an erection because of your mood, the environment, or something someone said.
There was a time in my life when I was having a really hard time getting an erection after I got married. I didn’t have any sort of performance anxiety, but some family issues always seemed to turn me off no matter what. For a long time, I thought that I had erectile dysfunction. Fortunately, I was proven wrong later on.
If you have Erectile Dysfunction, there’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. It happens to the best of us.
But coming back to the main point, does Coffee help with E.D.? Well, let’s first understand what E.D. is.
What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?
So, an erection occurs when you get just the right level of physical and emotional stimulation. Your brain starts sending signals to the CNS, telling it to increase blood flow to your penis.
Muscles around the penis start to relax, allowing blood to enter. The pressure exerted from the blood makes your penis erect and hard. Anything that disrupts this process may cause you to experience difficulty getting an erection.
Common causes of E.D. include:
- Being overweight
- Neurological issue
- Low testosterone
- High blood pressure
And a few others.
Now, coming back to the main question, can the consumption of caffeine help in this regard?
Unfortunately, there weren’t many studies that seemed to prove this claim at the time of writing. One study where the participants who drank around 170-375 mg of Caffeine per day were reported to have a less chance of experiencing E.D. in the long run. But, the study could not make any conclusive connection between Caffeine and increased flow of blood to the penis.
On the other hand, a study published in PLOS One investigated the role of caffeine in E.D., studying a group of 3724 men aged beyond 20. These men were asked a single question, then polled based on their caffein intake within 24 hours.
The study found that men who consumed the people of 3rd and 4th group who consumed 85-170 mg and 171-303mg of Caffeine respectively were showed reduced symptoms of E.D. than the groups that didn’t consume any coffee at all.
So yeah, while not conclusive, consumption of caffeine may potentially help with symptoms of E.D.
But if you want to truly find a solution to E.D., the following lifestyle changes coupled with a general intake of Caffeine might help:
- Try to maintain a healthy weight
- Limit your alcohol consumption
- Try to relax and de-stress yourself
Can Coffee Cause Male Infertility?
Now that you know how Coffee affects your driver, why don’t we look at how Coffee affects your swimmers?
There has been a lot of debate that Coffee lowers down sperm count in males. But is that true? Well, the answer is a mixed bag, to be honest.
There is some strong evidence that shows a correlation between the decrease in sperm quality and consumption of Coffee, while others claim coffee consumption helps improve the health of sperm. While a few cups of coffee every now and then won’t do you any harm, drinking around 4-6 cups (400 mg or more) of Caffeine could lower sperm count and/or affect the quality of the sperm.
A 2016 study showed the negative impact on the chances of conception of a couple who consumed energy drinks and caffeinated sodas. While the female counterpart didn’t show that much of a difference, reduced fertility in the male was observed.
A 2010 study indicated that men who drank caffeine beverages such as Coffee or cola had a significant decrease in sperm concentration, volume, and total sperm count. The same study also found a correlation between lower sperm count and a daily intake of Caffeine greater than 800mg.
Another study where 1321 men participated showed that participants who drank more than 3 cups of Coffee per day had lower sperm quality than those who did not. This study indicated that Caffeine seemed to have a stronger negative impact on Sperm quality than smoking or alcohol consumption.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, a 1976 study conducted “In Vitro” claimed that Caffeine actually helped improve the mobility of the sperm and helped them stay alive longer. Various research conducted on animals also supported this claim.
But before you go ahead and start drowning yourself in Coffee! Bear in mind that there haven’t been many studies that seem to approve the positive correlation between caffeine intake and increase sperm mobility.
Coffee and Caffeine are a mysterious bunch. As you keep on progressing and exploring the topic, you will find evidence that both approve and disapprove of the coffee benefits for men. The bottom line, what worked for me, might not work for you. Some potential benefits of Coffee that I greatly enjoyed, while others didn’t touch me at all. If you really want to explore the impact of Coffee on your body, start small.
Consume just a cup, and jot down the changes that you notice. If your body is fine, take 2 cups per day and repeat the process until you find the right dosage for you. However, as I have mentioned throughout the article countless times, drinking Coffee is all about balance. If you exceed what your body can take and get addicted, you are bound to experience all the negative effects in the long run!
But, if you maintain a good balance, then profit!
This is an article that I believe you should check out. It outlines a very healthy way to consuming and incorporating Coffee into your daily life.
FYI: If you are looking for an amazing place to discuss all your coffee needs, Coffee Forum is an amazing place to go!