If you’re a coffee lover, you might have felt quite harassed in recent years by wellness types advocating caffeine-free living. From fewer headaches to better quality sleep, ditching the black stuff is praised for improving our functioning. But scientists believe the reverse is also true: Not only does coffee have several health benefits, but those benefits are greatest after just a few cups.
A decade-long study of nearly 500,000 people found that those who drink up to three cups of coffee are 20% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or have a stroke than those who don’t drink coffee. coffee at all. And these moderate drinkers are 12% less likely to die from any cause.
Posted in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the study followed volunteers for 11 years. 22% did not drink coffee, 58% drank up to three cups a day and 20% drank more than three. Those who drank about three cups a day were less likely to have diabetes than zero coffee drinkers, and people who drank more than three were no more likely to have high blood pressure than those who drank less (this that previous studies have contradicted).
These heavy coffee drinkers, however, had a similar rate of death, cardiovascular disease and stroke as non-coffee drinkers, suggesting that three cups is the maximum you want to drink if you’re looking for the health benefits. health.
So what’s so good about coffee? The bean contains a number of useful nutrients, including vitamins B2 and B3, magnesium, potassium, as well as a load of antioxidants that help protect the body against free radical damage. Antioxidants also protect us from inflammation – which is known to be linked to conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cancers.
Of course, coffee isn’t for everyone. We all react differently to caffeine and while some people will struggle to have a third cup after drinking two coffees, others might barely notice they’ve had the caffeine.
Coffee can exacerbate certain conditions like acid reflux and anxiety, so it’s definitely not a good idea to force yourself to drink more coffee than you’re comfortable with. This research, however, is heartening for those of us who drink countless Americanos a day and are tired of being told to kick the habit.