Drinking as many as four cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of death

You wake up early in the morning and you‘re feeling a little bit down. You didn‘t get enough sleep, stress is getting to you and the day ahead is definitely not going to be a nice and easy one. What do you do? Exactly – you make yourself a cup of coffee. This little pleasure of life is oftentimes frowned upon because it may do some damage to your health. But is that really true?

Drinking coffee is more beneficial than it is harmful. Image credit: ShreyashiOnline via Wikimedia(CC BY-SA 4.0)

A new research from The University of Edinburgh has shown that drinking coffee is more likely to benefit health than to harm it. In fact, you shouldn’t even limit the amount of coffee you’re drinking, according to this study. Most likely you have 2-3 cups a day, but this research showed that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of death. Scientists are literally saying that drinking four cups a day reduces chances of death compared to not drinking coffee at all.

Decaffeinated coffee could be bringing some health benefits as well, but there is little evidence showing that it is as beneficial as the regular black coffee. Drinking several cups of coffee per day is associated to lower risk of heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, liver disease and even dementia. These are huge benefits, considering our modern lifestyle and how it is damaging our hearts specifically. However, of course, not all coffee is created equal – putting additives into it may counteract some of the benefits. And there are still some harmful effects as well. Scientists point out that coffee may be linked to a very small increased risk of bone fractures in women and should be limited during pregnancy.

This study was created by analysing results of more than 200 studies of the health effects of drinking coffee. That is a huge pool of data, involving a number of empirical studies. Peter Hayes, one of the authors of the study, said: “This study adds to the growing evidence that coffee can be good for our health. Before we can start prescribing coffee as a preventive medicine, however, we need robust clinical trials to ascertain whether this is mere association or if coffee directly causes these health benefits”.

This is rather interesting – scientists are so hopeful about ultimate proof of benefits that coffee provides that they are talking about possible prescriptions of coffee in the future. While current evidence is still not conclusive, it is pretty convincing. At the very least, you can feel better about drinking coffee to brighten up those gloomy days.


Source: The University of Edinburgh

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