Coffee is one of those very controversial things – you read positive aspects of drinking it, and negative ones, too. In fact, a researcher looked at 218 studies conducted on coffee consumption and the conclusion was that it was more beneficial than harmful. That does not mean you should drink it if it makes problems for you!
However, according to all the studies reviewed, the authors found that 3 cups per day was associated with less cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease and strokes, when compared with people who do not drink coffee. Coffee drinkers came in at a 19% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, and there was some protection against some cancers, neurological, metabolic, and conditions involving the liver.
Dr. William Li wrote about a study conducted with over a half million participants looking at cancer and nutrition. This study found health benefits for both regular and decaffeinated coffee drinking. Drinking coffee helps with living longer overall, but especially in surviving digestive diseases. In terms of telomeres, which protect our DNA from damage, with longer telomeres being more likely to help us live longer, coffee consumers, even at one cup a day, showed that they had significantly longer telomeres. Other studies have corroborated these protective effects.
Of course, there are other great ways to lower our risks and live longer, so if you are not a coffee drinker … not to worry!
This study will give you some further perspectives on the pros and cons of drinking coffee. For a short video on the healthful benefits of coffee, watch this presentation by Authority Nutrition. If you read my short article earlier on coffee, you can see that like everything else, it has its ups and downs. Recent research seems to be showing that there are many protective elements previously unknown. However, if you are unsure whether it is right for you, always consult with a competent health care practitioner.
Perhaps some good news is that if we are trying to be healthier working with our diets, we can keep on enjoying coffee, as humankind has done for thousands of years.
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Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.