Daily Coffee Can Help Lower Death Risk
There's more good news about swigging several cups of coffee a day.
According to new research from Harvard School of Public Health, drinking three to five cups of caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee a day can reduce your risk of death from major illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, even suicide.
Researchers looked at data from three 30-year-old studies, which involved a total of 208,501 people. Based on a diet questionnaire given to study participants every four years, the researchers tracked coffee consumption and determined how much they drank on average every day.
Their findings, published in the journal Circulation, showed that when the scientists accounted for environmental factors, such as body mass index, physical activity, alcohol consumption and smoking, those who drank more than three cups a day were far less likely to die from the leading causes of death.
The researchers believe that the bioactive compounds in coffee can reduce insulin resistance and systemic inflammation, which could explain the findings.
The study is the latest to suggest that daily coffee is beneficial to health, including one several years ago that found heavy coffee consumption actually reduces the risk of heart disease.