Drinking Coffee Actually Has Health Benefits, Study Finds

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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.

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.

So even if scientists found out that drinking it was bad for your health, most coffee-drinkers wouldn't pay any attention.

They caution pregnant women and women at high risk of fractures should limit their coffee consumption.

The conclusion was made after doing an "umbrella review" of 201 observational research studies, and 17 studies based on clinical trials across various countries.

"Coffee drinking appears safe within usual patterns of consumption", said the University of Southhampton's Robin Poole, who led the study.

'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.

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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. And - get this - the optimum amount is three or four cups a day.

However, the authors caution that most existing studies on the benefits of coffee are "of lower quality", as they are merely observational and do not explain causality. In other words, it might be that healthier people also drink coffee, but the review's findings suggest that there are more positive effects than negative ones.

For lots of people, drinking coffee is an essential part of everyday life.

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.

Roasting coffee beans and drinking the ground results dates back to the 15th century, a practice that has become increasingly popular in modern Ireland but that often raises concerns for potential health implications. "Should doctors recommend drinking coffee to prevent disease?"

But, this news might not be strong enough to start a coffee habit.

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