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Drinking three to four cups of coffee daily has been linked with longevity in a new study published in BMJ. However, the research also shows that this benefit does not necessarily apply to pregnant women, and those at risk of fracture.
Coffee Adds Years to Your Life
Coffee does not only spice up your life—allowing you to kickstart your day, and get through your daily tasks—but it also adds years to it. Such is the conclusion of a new study that reviews over 200 research papers documenting the characteristics of the much-loved beverage. Led by Robin Poole, Specialist Registrar in Public Health at the University of Southampton, the team of researchers show that coffee is “more likely to benefit health than to harm it.”
Coffee Protects Your Heart & Liver
The evidence gleaned from the studies reviewed indicates that drinking 3 to 4 coffee cups per day is linked with a decreased risk of death, and developing heart disease, as opposed to non-coffee-drinkers.
Coffee consumption is also found to be associated with lower risks of diabetes, liver disease, and some cancers (prostate, endometrial, skin, and liver cancer).
Coffee seems to be most beneficial for liver conditions like liver cirrhosis.
Additionally, it is also beneficial for Parkinson’s disease, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.
3-4 Cups or More?
These apparent benefits of coffee will, however, be less powerful if consumption is increased to more than 3 cups per day, though it is also not associated with harm.
Coffee Can Also Harm
On the other hand, drinking coffee should not be seen as a panacea for all. Rather, it might be harmful if consumed during pregnancy. It has also been shown that it may be linked with a small increase in the risk of getting fractures in women.
It is to be noted, however, that the study does not show cause and effect; so, it cannot be said as to why does coffee bring about these benefits and harm.
Otherwise, the study authors point out that drinking coffee seems to be safe “within usual patterns of consumption.”