Three cups of coffee a day 'may have health benefits'

There is Good News to Share About Coffee

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Good news for the coffee lovers, as per studies it was revealed by the scientists on Wednesday that the people who consume three to four cups of coffee a day experience more health benefits than the ones who consume less.

Evidence also suggests it cuts the risk of certain cancers, diabetes, liver disease, and dementia.

It also cuts the risk of liver cancer by 34 per cent and bowel cancer by 17 per cent - but actually seems to increase the risk of leukaemia, lymphoma and lung cancer.

Drinking coffee reduces the possibility of stroke by 8%, heart failure by 7%, said the researchers, initially aims to study the degree of the effect of drink on cardiovascular health.

Earlier studies have suggested beneficial links between coffee drinking and liver disease.

But Prof Paul Roderick, co-author of the study, from the faculty of medicine at University of Southampton, said the review could not say if coffee intake had made the difference.

Umbrella reviews look at previous meta-analyses and provide a high-level summary of the combined research.

It says those who drink more than this each day run the risk anxiety, sleeplessness, heart rhythm disturbances or heart failure. One eight-ounce cup of coffee typically has between 95 and 165mg of caffeine in it, according to the Mayo Clinic, but tea, energy drinks, soda, and foods like chocolate also contain caffeine - so make sure you're being mindful of your total intake.

Reassuringly, harms were not apparent apart from during pregnancy when coffee drinking was linked to low birth weight, premature birth (in the first six months of pregnancy) and miscarriage.

Now, four cups per day isn't considered excessive coffee drinking and more in the moderate range, but it is still a pretty sizable amount.

There also seemed to be beneficial associations between coffee consumption and Parkinson's disease, depression and Alzheimer's disease. The latest study builds on that research but calls for more randomised controlled trials to further understand the correlation.

They wrote: 'Coffee is highly consumed worldwide and could have positive health benefits, especially in chronic liver disease. Should people start drinking coffee for health reasons? But they insist the findings prove moderate coffee consumption is safe, and more than likely to be good for you.

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