Coffee drinkers live longer — and over 3-4 cups per day was even better. That is the conclusion of two new, very large studies published this week. They found that those who drank three or more cups a day had an 18% lower risk of death for men. Women in the study had a 8% lower risk of death.
Coffee Drinking Evidence Keeps Coming Up Positive
These two studies follow the announcements in 2015, which made a lot of headlines by showing that people in the US who drank 2-3 cups per day lowered their risk of death by 18%.
Also in 2015, a study out of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute showed that for people with Stage III colon cancer, drinking 4 cups of coffee per day lowered your risk of dying from the cancer by 33%. 42% were less likely to see their cancer return after remission.
In short, “There is an accumulating number of studies of very high quality that show that people who drink more coffee tend to have better health outcomes,” said Dr. Marc J. Gunter of Imperial College London.
How Does Coffee Drinking Help?
What is the Take Away Message?
Coffee can be part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and it may even do some good. With that said, there is not enough evidence to suggest people who don’t drink coffee need to quit the gym and instead go to coffee houses.
Interestingly, the health benefit for decaf coffee appeared to be similar–so there is no need to inject caffeine into your coffee if that’s not your thing.
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