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

A study found drinking about three cups a day was linked to a lower likelihood of cardiovascular problems

A study found drinking about three cups a day was linked to a lower likelihood of cardiovascular problemsCultura Rex Features

Researchers found health benefits in drinking three or four cups a day.

Regular consumption of americanos, lattes or frothy cappucinos is associated with a lower risk of death and heart disease compared to not drinking the black stuff at all. Diabetes, dementia and some cancers.

Well, luckily for them, researchers have found out that drinking three to four cups a day may actually be good for you.

Here at Medical News Today, we often report on studies that examine the health benefits of coffee. To better comprehend its benefits Robin Poole-A Health Specialist at the University of Southampton-Britain conducted a research in an "umbrella review" of two hundred and one studies based on observational findings and seventeen studies based on clinical analysis throughout different countries and all cultures. Umbrella reviews combine previous meta-analyses and give a high level summary of research findings. What we can say is that people who already enjoy moderate amounts of coffee as part of their diet are most probably getting health benefits from it, rather than harm.

"Is coffee good for you?"

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.

"Mothers-to-be need not panic but might want to limit their coffee consumption to two cups per day in line with the recent European guidelines on caffeine". The latest study builds on that research but calls for more randomised controlled trials to further understand the correlation.

There also seemed to be beneficial associations between coffee consumption and Parkinson's disease, depression and Alzheimer's disease.

There was less evidence for the effects of drinking decaffeinated coffee but it had similar benefits for a number of outcomes.

The most grounded advantages of coffee utilization were seen in lessened dangers of liver disease, including growth.

"Factors, for example, age, regardless of whether individuals smoked or not and how much exercise they took could all have had an impact", he said. "Does coffee prevent chronic disease and reduce mortality?"

Finally, Guallar cautions that drinking coffee is sometimes linked with less healthful habits, such as eating sugary cakes or other fatty products.

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