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Three to four cups of coffee per day slash disease risk

25 November 2017

The daily consumption of three to four coffee units increases life expectancy according to a review of 201 studies published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

More specifically, the researchers found that coffee intake was linked with a decrease in the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, and diabetes.

"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".

However, women at risk of bone fractures and those who are pregnant may not derive the same health benefits from coffee, the research revealed.

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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.

The authors conclude that coffee drinking "seems safe within usual patterns of consumption, except during pregnancy".

'Roasted coffee is a complex mixture of over 1,000 bioactive compounds, some with potentially therapeutic antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifibrotic, or anticancer effects, ' they wrote.

This is not the first discovery of coffee's positive benefits.

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The researchers found people who drank more than three cups a day did not tend to see any additional benefits, and other studies have shown people who drink much more than this start to do themselves harm. More studies would be needed to determine causation and not just correlation. Coffee is available to all people drink, so its use can be a simple method of prevention of liver diseases, which often lead to death.

New analysis shows the popular beverage is associated with a lower risk of death with the largest reduction in risk coming from three cups a day.

There was less evidence for the effects of drinking decaffeinated coffee but it had similar benefits for a number of outcomes. "Should doctors recommend drinking coffee to prevent disease?"

However, it's worth noting that drinking a lot of coffee can also be detrimental to your health.

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All in all, however, the benefits seem to outweigh the risks.

Three to four cups of coffee per day slash disease risk