Moderate Coffee Drinking More Likely to Benefit Health

  • Moderate Coffee Drinking More Likely to Benefit Health

Moderate Coffee Drinking More Likely to Benefit Health

In news that is sure to bring jubilation to cyclists around the country, researchers have concluded that coffee could come with substantial health benefits, with up to seven cups of coffee reducing the chance of an early death.

It contains a number of wonder compounds which possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic properties which scientists believe might explain why drinkers experience lower rates of chronic liver disease and liver cancer. They warned people should not start drinking coffee, or increasing their intake, for health reasons.

A team led by Dr Robin Poole, specialist registrar in public health at the University of Southampton, with collaboration from the University of Edinburgh, carried out an umbrella review of 201 studies.

More than three cups of coffee were linked to no harm but produced less enhanced benefits.

Researchers claim drinking three to four cups of coffee a day may lower the risk of death and developing heart disease as compared to non-drinkers.

"Umbrella review" made a summary of all the previous analysis done diversely on the topic.

"Coffee drinking appears safe within usual patterns of consumption", the researchers concluded in their study, published in the British Medical Journal on November 22.

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Coffee with whipped cream and sprinkles. Chris Blakeley Flickr

Three to four cups of coffee a day provides the maximum benefit as per the scientists, except for pregnant women and people who might have a higher potential of suffering fractures.

"That said, our results suggest moderate coffee drinking - up to around three cups per day - is not detrimental to your health, and that incorporating coffee into your diet could have health benefits".

Coffee is the most loved and desired drink consumed throughout the world.

There also appeared to be beneficial associations between consumption and Parkinson's disease, depression and Alzheimer's.

What do you make of this new research?

Dr Marc Gunter, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, said: "We are not at the stage of recommending people to drink more or less coffee".

"Mothers-to-be need not panic but might want to limit their coffee consumption to two cups per day in line with the recent European guidelines on caffeine". As always, feel free to sound off in the comments section below!