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When it comes to coffee, a lot of times, I feel like the Incredible Hulk… but, instead of “You wouldn’t like me when I’m mad,” it’s “You wouldn’t like me without my coffee.”
In fact, I’m such a coffee fanatic that Starbucks should have a picture of me on their cups.
However, the last time I was in my doctor’s office, she told me I needed to cut back — that ideally I should drink one or less mugs per day.
One or less per day… You’ve got to be kidding me!
When I asked her why, she said that coffee could cause me to lose bone density and she was worried about it with my age. (Yep, she said “with my age”… You can imagine how happy that made me.)
Well, besides being a coffee fanatic, I’m also a research fanatic so I decided to check out the health benefits or risks of drinking coffee for myself.
And, here’s what I found…
4 cups a day equals big benefits
Although a total of one study did find that drinking large amounts of coffee could cause a slight decrease in bone density, four other meta-analyses (which means a look at multiple scientific studies) found absolutely zero link between drinking too much coffee and osteoporosis — except in elderly women.
So, my coffee habit (and yours) isn’t a worry when it comes to osteoporosis.
Not only that…
Drinking coffee also offers some huge protection when it comes to your health… especially your heart.
You see, medical researchers in Germany recently discovered that if you drink enough coffee, you can actually repair your heart to keep it young — even if you’ve already suffered a heart attack.
How does it work?
According to the researchers, caffeine promotes the movement of a protein known as p27 into the mitochondria of the cells lining your heart and blood vessels. This sets of a chain of events including the migration of endothelial cells (the cells lining your blood vessels), the protection of your heart muscle cells from cell death, and the conversion of fibroblasts into cells containing contractile fibers — all crucial for repair of your heart muscle.
In fact, the results were so impressive that the researchers believe that coffee should be considered as a therapy to prevent heart damage and even lengthen your lifespan.
Beyond your heart
And, that’s not all coffee can do for your health.
According to research, it can also:
- Lower your cancer risk (including both prostate and endometrial cancer)
- Lower your risk of stroke
- Decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes
- Ward off dementia
So, what’s the magic number? How many cups of coffee do you have to drink each day in order to grab all of these benefits?
According to the most recent study, the answer is four…
Four cups per day and you can start repairing your heart while preventing cancer, diabetes and dementia and avoiding stroke.
That’s good news for all of us coffee lovers out there.
Grab a mug and drink up!
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- For percolated perks, drink this much coffee — Easy Health Options
- Caffeine from four cups of coffee protects the heart with the help of mitochondria — PLOS
- A Prospective Cohort Study of Coffee Consumption and Risk of Endometrial Cancer over a 26-Year Follow-Up — Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
- Coffee tied to lower prostate cancer risk — Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)
- The coffee paradox in stroke: Increased consumption linked with fewer strokes — Nutritional Neuroscience
- Coffee and tea consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes — Diabetologia
- Caffeine as a protective factor in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease — Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease