Can This Popular Beverage Weaken Your Bones?

146 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the United States each year.

Coffee is loaded with polyphenol antioxidants and has been linked to a number of beneficial health effects, but does the caffeine in coffee cause bone degradation that can lead to an increased risk of fractures and falls?

There are studies that link coffee consumption with osteoporosis, but the mechanism of action has yet to be identified.

Bit one recent study has found that coffee consumption may be problematic for women with pre-existing low calcium levels.

The Study

The study was published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. The researchers involved in the study actually concluded that drinking coffee “is not associated with significant concern regarding the risk of fracture and fall.”

But this is not the whole story.

What the researchers found is that when coffee was consumed by healthy individuals with adequate intake of calcium, bone health was maintained.

The study aimed to examine the impact of caffeine on a variety of health markers including bone mineral density, osteoporosis, risk of fracture and fall, and calcium homeostasis.

The Results

According to the project officer Alison Kretser, MS, RD, “when calcium levels in the body are adequate, caffeine does not cause adverse effects related to bone health. Our study found that there was no significant impact associated with intake of less than 400mg of caffeine (about 4 cups of coffee) per day on fracture and fall rates, bone mineral density and osteoporosis, or altered calcium homeostasis, particularly under conditions of adequate calcium intake.”

The study was focused on healthy adults, so more research will be needed to investigate the effect of caffeine on those who already have deteriorating bone health.

The researchers advocate for less than 300 mg of daily caffeine-intake for pregnant women, and less than 2.5 mg for children and adolescents.


Kretser added that around 90 percent of American adults consume less than the threshold 400 mg of caffeine. In fact, most coffee drinkers only consume an average of about 165 mg per day.

This means if you are already healthy, you can drink your daily cup - or 4 - of coffee, without worrying about the health of your bones!

Silical System

In order for your bones to maintain their strength and stability as you age, it is important to ensure adequate intake of bone building nutrients.

This is why Dr. Charles Price developed the Silical System formula. It has all of the most important bone nutrients in their proper ratios so that you can make sure you are feeding your bones everything they need to be healthy and strong!






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