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Daily Coffee is a Healthy Choice

December 1st, 2015  |  The Blog

A good cup of java, a hot cup of coffee or a cuppa Joe…call it whatever you want but it all boils down to America’s favorite hot drink…a simple cup of coffee.

A recent study, which was published in the Circulation journal, confirms that individuals who drink three to five cups of coffee per day have a lower risk of premature death than those individuals who did not drink coffee everyday.

The Facts Revealed in the Study

People who drink three to five cups of coffee per day have a 15% lower risk of premature death than those who do not drink coffee. This study-found statistic refers to caffeinated coffee drinkers but decaf drinkers also reaped the positive health benefits.

For most people, 200 mg or the equivalent of two cups of coffee is the optimal amount of caffeine per day. This amount helps to potentiate cognitive function and elevate the drinker’s mood. It is a fine balance between too much and just enough coffee consumption to reap the benefits.

The Variables Related to Coffee Consumption

There are many variables when it comes to drinking a cup of coffee, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Different cups of coffee contain varying amounts of caffeine. For example, the average cup of home-brewed coffee contains somewhere around 100 mg of caffeine while a 16-ounce cup of Starbucks coffee contains somewhere between 250 to 500 mg of caffeine
  • Everyone metabolizes caffeine at a different rate, regardless of the type or cup size of coffee
  • Former or current smokers, who also enjoy drinking coffee, were not afforded the benefits of longevity that non-smokers experienced

The?Benefits of Drinking Coffee

According to earlier information and this current study, the benefits linked to drinking coffee, regular or decaf, include but are not limited to the following:

  • Decreased risk of stroke
  • Lower risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduces the risk of neurologic disease like Parkinson’s disease
  • Cuts the risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Potential to increase overall longevity
  • Reduces the risk of suicide

The Bad Effects of Coffee Consumption

While everything we do has benefits and downsides, the downside to coffee drinking is pretty consistent. The effects of consuming too much caffeine, over 400 mg, can cause nausea and insomnia. The most commonly reported side effect of which is insomnia.

Bottomline Results of the Study

There were similar benefits noted for caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee drinkers so the basic answer to longevity is not the caffeine. Coffee beans are a blend of a variety of nutrients and phytochemicals that work together to achieve the aforementioned health benefits, rather than the sole effect of caffeine.

The study authors do not recommend that people who does not like coffee should start to drink it for the proposed benefits. The results are not absolute enough to make the recommendation that, no matter what, everyone should drink coffee.

The study confirms an association, as coined by one of the lead authors of the study, between coffee consumption and longevity. It does not totally qualify the fact that drinking coffee will increase a person’s life expectancy.

Coffee should be enjoyed for what it is. If there are health benefits enjoyed as a result, then consider it a bonus.

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