Researchers say coffee could actually benefit you

According to the scientists coffee consumption is generally safe but doctors should not recommend drinking coffee to prevent disease- and people should not start drinking coffee for health reasons. Image credit Myriams

Drink up: Three cups of coffee a day 'may have health benefits'

Drinking up to seven cups of coffee a day has been linked to cutting the chance of early death according to new research. There were also lower rates of type 2 diabetes, gallstones and dementia associated with coffee consumption.

And, much to our delight as drinkers of coffee, most of these studies bear good news.

So even if scientists found out that drinking it was awful for your health, most coffee-drinkers wouldn't pay any attention. To better comprehend its benefits Robin Poole-A Health Specialist at the University of Southampton-Britain conducted a research in an "umbrella review" of two hundred and one studies based on observational findings and seventeen studies based on clinical analysis throughout different countries and all cultures. Or women who are pregnant.

Its warning also showed links between high caffeine intake in pregnancy and having a baby that is underweight. And, if you combined all of the research done on coffee and pooled together all of their conclusions, what would be the verdict?

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This is not the first discovery of coffee's positive benefits. "Moderate coffee consumption seems remarkably safe, and it can be incorporated as part of a healthy diet by most of the adult population". The latest study builds on that research but calls for more randomised controlled trials to further understand the correlation. Drinking coffee beyond these amounts was not associated with harm, but the benefits were less pronounced. But liver diseases stood out as having the greatest benefit compared with other conditions. "Does coffee prevent chronic disease and reduce mortality?"

While overall it may be beneficial, some people may be at higher risk of adverse effects, he said, and there is "substantial uncertainty" about the effects of higher levels of intake.

But a year ago the World Health Organisation withdrew its previous warnings on the link between coffee and bladder cancer - and instead said that the drink could, in fact, help protect against certain cancers such as womb cancer and liver cancer. But they insist the findings prove moderate coffee consumption is safe, and more than likely to be good for you.

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