Does Coffee Help with Headaches?

We have all suffered from headaches before and we all wonder does coffee help with headaches in 2018? Coffee contains caffeine and caffeine can be a headache trigger or inhibitor. So, in simple terms depending on who you are coffee can help with headaches otherwise in those who are sensitive to caffeine it may cause headaches.


Caffeine can cause headaches as well as prevent them. Caffeine is found in many beverages, chocolate, and believe it or not, some popular over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers.

Before someone experiences a headache or migraine your blood vessels will usually enlarge. Because caffeine contains vasoconstrictive properties that will cause the vessels to narrow and restrict blood flow, caffeine can actually aid in pain relief. Plus, when you add caffeine to your acetaminophen the pain-relieving effects are actually increased by about forty percent.

Caffeine does not directly cause headaches but too much of the caffeine can trigger what is called a caffeine rebound. A caffeine rebound is a headache the occurs from the withdrawal of caffeine. This usually occurs when a person constantly is consuming caffeine and all of the sudden stops. Caffeine withdrawal can be severe but only a mere two percent of the population suffer from caffeine rebound headaches.

Many headache sufferers can consume up to two hundred milligrams per day. However, the NHF advises that patients who experience frequent headaches to avoid daily use of caffeine. Despite this fact, the average American consumes about two to three hundred milligrams of caffeine per day. Caffeine, if consumed to excess can be harmful to the body so it is recommended that you limit your caffeine to about 200 milligrams per day. Below is a chart to help you know what has caffeine and how much.

Coffee (5 oz)

  • Drip, regular—106-164 mg
  • Percolated, regular—93-134 mg
  • Instant, regular—47-68 mg
  • Decaffeinated—2-5 mg
  • Espresso (1 oz. cup)—30-50 mg

Lose-Leaf Tea (5oz)

  • Black—25-110 mg
  • Oolong—12-55 mg
  • Green—8-36 mg

 Cocoa and Chocolate

  • Cocoa beverage (mix, 6 oz.)—2-8 mg
  • Milk chocolate (1 oz.)—6 mg
  • Baking chocolate (1 oz.)—35 mg
  • Sweet chocolate (1 oz.)—20 mg
  • Ovaltine—0 mg
  • Postum—0 m

Soft Drinks

  • Pibb, diet (12 oz.)—57 mg
  • Mountain Dew (12 oz.)—54 mg
  • Coca-Cola, Diet Coke (12 oz.)—46 mg
  • Tab (12 oz.)—46 mg
  • Shasta Cola (12 oz.)—45 mg
  • Pibb (12 oz.)—44 mg
  • Pepper (12 oz.)—41 mg
  • Pepsi (12 oz.)—38 mg
  • Diet Pepsi (12 oz.)—36 mg
  • Diet Rite (12 oz.)—36 mg
  • Royal Crown Cola (12 oz.)—36 mg
  • Cragmont Cola—0 mg
  • 7-Up—0 mg
  • Sprite—0 mg
  • Fanta—0 mg
  • Fresca—0 mg
  • Root beer—0 mg
  • Club soda—0 mg
  • Ginger ale—0 mg
  • Tonic water—0 mg
  • Orange soda—0 mg
  • Grape soda—0 mg

Energy Drinks

  • AMP tall boy (16 oz.)—143 mg
  • Enviga (12 oz.)—100 mg
  • FIXX (20 oz.)—500 mg
  • Full Throttle (16 oz.)—144 mg
  • Full Throttle Fury (16 oz.)—144 mg
  • Monster Energy (16 oz.)—160 mg
  • No Name (formerly known as Cocaine) (8.4 oz.)—280 mg
  • Red Bull (8.3 oz.)—76 mg
  • Rockstar (16 oz.)—160 mg
  • SoBe Adrenaline Rush (16 oz.)—152 mg
  • SoBe No Fear (16 oz.)—174 mg
  • Vault (8 oz.)—47 mg