Drinking it in excess can be harmful, but if you can keep it in moderation, it can help you avoid some chronic diseases and prolong your life.
A recent study suggests that people who drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day may live longer than those who avoid caffeine altogether. Does this mean that everyone should drink coffee?
The drink that can extend your life.
Researchers followed the coffee drinking habits of a series of British citizens aged 58 and over for 12 years. The results showed that the overall risk of death was lowest among those who drank 2-3 cups of coffee a day, regardless of whether it was ground, instant or decaffeinated.
It should be noted, however, that the study was based on the habits of only a middle-aged British population and that there are many other factors that influence the development of chronic diseases, including individual health status, income and social class.
The researchers looked at data from dozens of previous studies and found that coffee drinkers did indeed have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, some cancers and certain liver and gastrointestinal diseases.
PEOPLE WHO AVOID CAFFEINE MAY HAVE DIFFERENT HEALTH-RELATED RISK FACTORS THAN THOSE WHO DRINK A LOT OF COFFEE, AND THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY REFLECTED IN THE STUDIES.
The author of the analysis noted that people should not start drinking coffee for this reason alone because of its potential benefits, but if someone is already a caffeine drinker, their habit can become part of a healthy diet.
Overall, then, it’s safe to say that if you don’t drink coffee, the research suggests you shouldn’t. But if you do, 3-4 cups a day may be the optimum amount. The results suggest that this is the best way to get the most health benefits.