People often think about their relationship with coffee as a bad habit: maybe they splurge too frequently on $4 lattes (free coffee deals only come around once a year), or they’re so dependent on their morning pot of coffee that they can’t function without it. While there is a case to be made for not overdoing it, there are also plenty of reasons to embrace your daily coffee ritual without guilt.
Yes, there’s the taste, the aroma, and the way coffee brings those fuzzy mornings into focus. But in recent years, research has also suggested that coffee has real health perks—and that for many people, the positives outweigh the downsides. Here are three ways a daily cup of joe (or two or three) can not only make your days more enjoyable, but may also give you more days to enjoy.
Doctors used to worry that coffee’s acidity could be harmful to internal organs, or that its caffeine content could cause heart problems. (A standard 8-ounce cup of coffee has between 95-165 milligrams of caffeine, according to the Mayo Clinic.) But studies have shown that for most people, neither is true. “More and more evidence is showing that there really are no long-term adverse health effects in adults who drink it moderately—up to five cups a day in some studies,” says Veronica Setiawan, associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.
Note: Bravo for coffee – just be sure to skip the cream and sugar or go lightly on them.
A wealth of studies have hailed coffee for its potential health benefits, but for patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C virus, the rewards could be even greater; a new study suggests that drinking at least three cups of coffee per day could halve their risk of all-cause mortality.
The researchers also found that quitting smoking further boosted survival for these patients, even after the clearance of hepatitis C virus (HCV).
Lead investigator Dominique Salmon-Céron, Ph.D. – of the Service des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Hôpital Cochin, and Université Paris Descartes in France – and colleagues recently reported their findings in the Journal of Hepatology.
Note: This news item doesn’t speak to the benefits of coffee and hepatitis C specifically but there have been many studies published that have shown drinking coffee (without sugar or milk/cream) has many benefits for people infected with hepatitis. This study, however, is very good news for those who drink coffee! Alan
In The Media Coffee Drinkers Really Do Live Longer
In two new studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers delved into the coffee-drinking habits of more than 700,000 people in the U.S. and in 10 European countries. The scientists were particularly interested in looking at death rates among people of non-white populations. In both studies, people in these groups who drank more coffee tended to have a lower risk of dying during the study period than those who drank less coffee, or no coffee.
Source – Time
What is the problem and what is known about it so far?
Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverages in the world. Some studies have found that drinking more coffee is associated with a lower risk for death. These studies have included mostly white populations, and it is not clear whether this association is found in other groups. In addition, the relationship between coffee drinking and risk for death might differ according to the way coffee is prepared.