The next time you think about having one more cup of coffee, you should probably think about your heart health…and then have another cup. Recent studies continue to come out linking coffee to all sorts of health benefits. Rather than being a cause of heart problems, one study in particular has shown that drinking coffee lowers your risk of dying from heart disease. In fact, coffee consumption can even lower your mortality rate in general.
Originally published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the study, a meta-analysis, actually looked at the results of numerous previous studies in order to draw its conclusions. This allows researchers to see long-term effects as well as draw from a much larger amount of data than might have otherwise been possible.
When looking at the relationship between death and coffee consumption, researchers found that drinking 3 cups of coffee a day resulted in a lowered rate of death from heart disease by a full 21%!
It’s worth noting that a cup of coffee is 8 ounces of black coffee and that drinking more than 4 cups a day did nothing to further lower the risk.
In medical studies, scientists use the term “all-cause mortality.” As you may guess, this refers to death from any cause, and it comes up in the question of coffee consumption. The meta-analysis found that drinking 4 cups of coffee every day lowered the risk of all-cause mortality by 16%.
If there’s anything to take away from this data, it’s that coffee is part of a healthy lifestyle. Of course, scientists are still delving into exactly what it is about coffee that’s so beneficial, and drinking coffee with heaps of sugar, gobs of whipped cream, etc., will always be bad for you.
Coffee contains antioxidants, caffeine and numerous other compounds with some good effects and some bad ones. Caffeine, for example, can give you an energy boost and improve workout performance, but too much of it has also been associated with high blood pressure. Recent studies have found, though, that coffee helps prevent diabetes. In a press release for the study, researchers offered this explanation:
“Cardiovascular disease and cancer are some of the most frequent causes of mortality; thus, the beneficial compounds in coffee may lead to a reduction in mortality by slowing the progression of disease.”
Olumia Life Chief Scientist Dr. Steve supports drinking coffee as a regular part of your diet, just not with lots of unhealthy add-ons, like sugar.
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