There is this notion that coffee is bad for one’s health because it is high in caffeine. For years we have believed it without any fuss mainly because we knew deep down inside us that something as good as coffee definitely has to be bad. Well, it’s not entirely far from the truth because after all, too much of a good thing can somehow be bad for you. But times have changed and we know better now than to just take something at face value. Technology is so advanced that everything is almost possible now. So, it is but reassuring to find out that we have put all these innovations to good use by finally putting to rest the misconception about coffee being bad for our health.
It’s time for coffee drinkers to rejoice as the experts confirm that this caffeine-rich beverage that is a favorite of many may actually be beneficial for your health even if you drink up to 6 cups daily. Wow! I guess many of you are relieved to find out about this teeny weeny bit of information. You see, a big majority of the population are actually coffee addicts. The remaining may not like its better taste while the rest learned to like it or at least pretending they do since it is so cool to hang out in the many posh cafes scattered in most major cities. But apparently, all these caffeine is doing your body a lot of good.
The new study, from the University of Southampton, was an umbrella review, meaning that it looked back over studies that were meta-analyses themselves, providing a deep look into the existing literature on coffee and health.
The major finding was that coffee at three to four cups a day conferred the greatest benefit: this amount was linked to reduced risk of dying from any cause and of developing heart disease, compared to people who drank none. Above four cups, coffee didn’t harm a person, but the benefits weren’t as obvious.
Coffee was also linked to reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, kidney stones, gout, and several types of cancer, including endometrial, skin, prostate and liver cancer. In fact, the largest benefit was for diseases of the liver, including cirrhosis.
While we are relieved to find out that drinking coffee isn’t as bad as we used to think it is, it can work the other way around if you pair your cup of caffeine goodness with something sweet and sugary like most treats right now such as doughnuts. An average of 3-4 cups is ideal and is actually more beneficial for your health rather than those who don’t drink coffee at all. It reduces your risk of acquiring several diseases that are affecting many people these days that aren’t just chronic in nature but are highly debilitating in the long run.
The authors wrote: “Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverages worldwide.
“As such, even small individual health effects could be important on a population scale.
“Coffee consumption seems generally safe within usual levels of intake, with summary estimates indicating largest risk reduction for various health outcomes at three to four cups a day, and more likely to benefit health than harm.”
Now, you have the perfect excuse to start your day with that caffeine kick you desperately need to start the day right without your conscience constantly nagging you of indulging in your guilty pleasure. I’m sure most people who love drinking coffee can relate to it knowing that many of them can’t resist drinking more than they should be throughout the day. It is a good thing that such a study was performed although experts still want to take this study further to find out if the direct cause of such improvements in one’s health is directly because of the increased coffee intake or not. This minor cloud of mystery should totally be addressed for people to no longer doubt the health claims of coffee for good and for people to be able to continue with their lives without having to worry anymore what that glass of coffee does to their bodies for real.