Coffee lovers it’s time to break out those beautiful beans and start celebrating… again. Because a new UK study has confirmed your favorite breakfast beverage doesn’t just taste good. It’s good for you too.
In fact, according to their number crunching, drinking coffee could lower your risk of heart and liver diseases, cancer and more.
Researchers combed through the results of over 201 observational studies and 17 different trials on coffee drinking. They found that folks who drank several cups of java a day were significantly less likely to die early from any cause compared to non-coffee drinkers.
Drinking coffee linked to a longer healthier life
Downing three to four cups a day was tied to a lower risk of heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s, depression and dementia. Coffee drinkers had fewer incidents of gallstones and gout. And their risk for prostate, skin, liver and endometrial cancers (among others) were significantly lower than the folks who avoided coffee.
They also compared heavier coffee drinkers to folks who just dabbled in the java juice. They found those who drank the most had an overall 18 percent lower risk of cancer compared to those who drank the least.
And perhaps most impressive of all was the deep drop in risk for liver conditions.
Drinking coffee could slash liver cirrhosis risk 39%
When they compared coffee drinkers to non-coffee drinkers, the java fans had a…
- 29 percent lower risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- 27 percent lower risk of liver fibrosis
- 39 percent lower risk for cirrhosis of the liver
Remarkable results for something you love to drink anyway.
Now keep in mind the meta-analysis, published in the journal The BMJ, gathered together data from mostly observational studies. Which means the researchers can’t say there’s a firm cause and effect relationship between the impressive benefits and drinking coffee.
But this is far from the first time we’ve seen positive results linked to drinking the beverage, of course.
Pro coffee research continues to pile up
In fact, the studies in favor of drinking coffee have been stacking up for years now.
- one cup a day may be linked to a 25 percent lower risk of stroke
- four cups a day could lower diabetes risk up to 56 percent
- heavy coffee drinkers may have up to a 60 percent lower prostate cancer risk
And although the new meta-study didn’t find the same link, an earlier study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that coffee drinking is associated with a significant drop in colon cancer risk. In fact, folks who drank two and half cups of java a day had a 50 percent lower risk of the deadly cancer.
And if well-meaning friends insist on bringing up the connection between coffee and blood pressure you can tell them that the researchers didn’t find any significant link between hypertension and coffee drinking in the new study. And, in fact, they found a small benefit for blood pressure.
If you’re not already a coffee drinker, these new observations don’t mean you should take up the habit of course. But they do give those of us that like drinking coffee more reasons to love our java.
The experts still recommend pregnant women avoid coffee. And don’t forget dumping a bunch of sugar and artificial creamer into your drink can undo any benefits you’re getting. So drink your coffee black, or with just a splash of real cream.