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:
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:
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.