Three coffees a day linked to more health than harm

Joy Montgomery
November 24, 2017

The University of Southhampton looked at the impact of coffee-drinking on the human body, exploring 200 studies, and discovered that those who drank about three cups of coffee a day appeared to reduce their risk of getting heart problems or dying from them.

At the same time, high consumption is associated with an increased risk of bone fractures in women, and can also lead to a higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

They said coffee drinking is also associated with lower risk of some cancers, diabetes, liver disease and dementia. The greatest benefit was seen for liver conditions, like cirrhosis.

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

Poole's team mentioned that their findings are majorly based on observational data so no definite cause and effect could be concluded, however, their findings support the other latest reviews and analysis conducted on coffee intake.

The research that was collected with the proofs from the previous two hundred or more conducted researches indicates that coffee consumption lowers premature death risks and prevents heart diseases.

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Ultimately, the research lines up with recent reviews and studies that say drinking coffee doesn't seem to be hazardous. There was less evidence for the effects of drinking decaffeinated coffee but it had similar benefits for a number of outcomes.

While its consumption is still linked to harm in pregnancy, it has shown "beneficial associations" with rates of Parkinson's disease and depression.

Roasting coffee beans and drinking the ground results dates back to the 15th century, a practice that has become increasingly popular in modern Ireland but that often raises concerns for potential health implications.

Coffee lovers, here is a good news for you! Increasing consumption to above three cups a day was not associated with harm, but the beneficial effect was less pronounced.

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".

However, even with these limitations, "moderate coffee consumption seems remarkably safe, and it can be incorporated as part of a healthy diet by most of the adult population", he concludes.

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