Are you one of those coffee lovers who were told to tone down on the amount you take in because it poses greater health risks?
Well, worry no more because people who consume three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, scientists said on Wednesday, November 22, as disclosed in a story shared by Reuters.
Not only that, the research, which gathered evidence from more than 200 previous studies, also found that those who drink coffee are at lower risks of diabetes, liver disease, dementia, cancers, premature death and even heart disease as compared to those who do not.
How many cups a day?
Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed drinks all over the world, and if you want the greatest benefits, the scientists said three or four cups a day would be best, except for pregnant women who have a higher risk of suffering fractures.
For better understanding of the effects of coffee consumption on health, a public health specialist at Britain’s University of Southampton named Robin Poole spearheaded a research team in an “umbrella review” (syntheses of previous pooled analyses to give a clearer summary of diverse research on a particular topic) of 201 studies based on observational research and 17 studies based on clinical trials across all countries and all settings.
“Coffee drinking appears safe within usual patterns of consumption,” they concluded in their research, which was published in the BMJ British medical journal on Wednesday, November 22.
What about drinking more than three cups a day? Well, doing so was not linked to harm, but the beneficial effects were reportedly less evident.
The researchers said that coffee was also linked to lower risks of several cancers, including prostate, endometrial, skin and liver cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes, gallstones and gout. The greatest benefit was marked for liver conditions such as cirrhosis of the liver.
Because their review comprised mainly observational data, Poole’s team noted that no firm conclusions could be drawn about cause and effect. They, however, said that their findings support other recent reviews and studies of coffee intake.