Coffee is the news yet again. This time for healthy reasons. Well, this is not the first time the cup of Joe, as some coffee lovers dearly call it. But it appears that we can’t get enough good news about our favorite beverage. Drinking 3 cups of coffee a day can help you live longer, according to recent research.
A review by British scientists showed that people who drink 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day are likely to see more benefits than harm. Not only that but, coffee drinkers appear to have lower risk of premature death and heart disease than those who abstain.
The researchers, who collated evidence from more than 200 previous studies, also found that coffee consumption may also lower risk of liver disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, dementia, and some cancers.
This study appears to support previous studies such as one that showed that coffee drinking 3 cups of coffee may help prevent Alzheimer’s, and another that showed that coffee may help protect against cancer.
Coffee being one of the most consumed beverages in the world, this may be welcome news for many. To obtain the greatest health benefits, the magic number appears to be 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day, except for pregnant women and those with higher risk of fractures.
“Coffee drinking appears safe within usual patterns of consumption,” said lead researcher Robin Poole is quoted as saying. (Source: The Guardian).
To better understand the effects of coffee on health public health Robin Poole, a specialist at Britain’s University of Southampton, and his research team conducted an “umbrella review” of more than 200 studies. 201 of these were based on observational research, and 17 on clinical trials across all countries and all settings.
An “umbrella review” refers to a research compiling evidence from multiple reviews into one, in order to give a clearer summary of diverse research on a particular topic.
Drinking coffee was consistently linked to lowered risk of death “from all causes” (quotes ours) and from heart disease. This reduction of risk was seen in people consuming 3 cups of coffee a day. Being a review study, however, leaves out many other factors that may influence one’s health.
All the same, it gives me reason to enjoy my cup of Joe even more.