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Do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning and stumble to the kitchen to pour yourself a big cup of coffee? Does the start of every day include that steaming mug of caffeine goodness? Maybe, you even down multiple cups throughout the day…
Well, I’ve got good news for you.
That cup of Joe could be your ticket to a healthy heart. And, that’s not all. There’s new evidence that the coffee you’ve been drinking might just be increasing your longevity, warding off cancer, preventing diabetes and other diseases and even keeping your brain sharp.
In fact, a review of over 200 studies has found that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is associated with a lower risk of death and getting heart disease compared with drinking no coffee, along with multiple other health benefits.
Let’s take a look…
Could all these studies be wrong?
To better understand the effects of coffee consumption on health, a team at the University of Southampton, with collaborators from the University of Edinburgh, carried out an umbrella review of 200 studies of coffee drinkers.
And, what they found will give you a guilt-free pass to pour yourself another cup…
Drinking coffee was consistently associated with a lower risk of death from ALL causes, including heart disease.
While the largest reduction in risk of death was found for those who drink three cups a day, compared with non-coffee drinkers, increasing consumption to above three cups a day wasn’t harmful, (But the beneficial effects were less pronounced).
Drinking coffee was even associated with a lower risk of several cancers, including prostate, endometrial, skin and liver cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes, gallstones and gout. The greatest benefits were seen for liver conditions, like cirrhosis.
Even better, coffee consumption was connected to lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, depression and Alzheimer’s as well.
And, don’t worry if you’re a decaf coffee drinker. Although there was less evidence for the effects of drinking decaffeinated coffee than the full-powered version, it did show similar benefits for a number of outcomes.
Get the most out of your cup of joe
Just remember that although studies show that drinking coffee can be good for you, not all of the things you put in your coffee carry the same benefits.
If you want to get the most from your daily coffee indulgence, the key is to indulge less. In other words, skip the sugar, artificial sweeteners and other coffee additives you know are bad for you and instead keep it simple.
Consider using stevia to satisfy your sweet tooth without the blood sugar spike from sugar or the chemical dangers found in those little blue and pink packets. Only use 100 percent pure stevia with no fillers, being especially careful to avoid erythritol.
So, coffee drinkers everywhere rejoice! That coffee you love so much loves you back.
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