Coffee health benefits: Drinking THIS much could protect you from killer illnesses

Glen Mclaughlin
November 24, 2017

Drinking more than three cups a day was not linked to harm, but the beneficial effects were less pronounced.

"This paper should not be interpreted as meaning we should all drink coffee for good health, because it is not possible to directly make the link with this kind of study, and because there are too many lifestyle and other confounding factors".

People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease than those who abstain, scientists said on Wednesday. They warned people should not start drinking coffee, or increasing their intake, for health reasons.

Coffee was also associated with a lower risk of several cancers, including prostate, endometrial, skin and liver cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes, gallstones and gout, the researchers said. The study found that compared to non-coffee drinkers, those who consumed three cups of coffee each day appeared to reduce their risk of being diagnosed with heart problems.

The research, which extracted evidences from over 200 past studies on the matter, also discovered that drinking coffee was linked to lower risks of diabetes, liver disease, some cancers, and even dementia.

An umbrella review, for the uninitiated, aggregates and synthesizes previous research and studies to generate a clearer understanding of what they all point to.

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Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed drinks worldwide.

Researchers from Southampton and Edinburgh universities said that drinking coffee seemed safe "within usual patterns of consumption", except in pregnancy and among women who were at risk of a fracture.

But it's not all doom and gloom for coffee lovers.

However, But Prof Paul Roderick, co-author of the study, said it was hard to ascertain whether coffee had made the difference.

"There is a balance of risks in life, and the benefits of moderate consumption of coffee seem to outweigh the risks", said Roderick. Do you personally think drinking three to four cups of coffee per day can be healthy?

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