Scientists found that moderate coffee consumption – three cups a day – might have more health benefits than they previously thought
Next time someone bemoans your flat white fixation, hit them with this news.
According to new research, moderate coffee consumption – that's a maximum of three cups a day – might have more health benefits than we thought, including reducing the risk of premature heart disease, neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, and Type 2 diabetes.
Scientists from Harvard University's School of Public Health analysed three ongoing studies using a total 208,501 participants of both genders. Over the course of 30 years, the researchers filled in questionnaires detailing how much coffee each person drank. Across the studies' participants, moderate coffee consumption was associated with reduced risk of death from the aforementioned diseases.
The study also took into account other factors that might have influenced the result, such as smoking, general health, physical activity, alcohol consumption and BMI.
Interestingly, decaff lovers experienced similar positive effects indicating the compounds in the coffee bean are providing these health benefits rather than the caffeine itself.
Lead scientist on the study, Ming Ding, said: "Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation. That could explain some of our findings. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects."
Whatever the cause is, this is some science we can definitely get on board with.
Please note this article has been produced for information purposes only and should not be viewed as a replacement for any kind of nutritional advice.
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