Coffee is great.
Apparently it could be one of the magical secrets to helping you live longer. And, if you ever feel guilty about reaching for that fourth or even fifth cup of the delicious stuff, don’t – as experts say drinking up to five cups daily does you no harm… and is actually good for you!
According to the Telegraph, a study by Harvard has discovered that drinking between three and five cups of Joe a day can reduce the risk of dying prematurely.
These clever scientists have found that moderate coffee drinking can decrease the risk of heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and Type 2 diabetes. And according to The Huffington Post the advisory commitee in charge of penning the dietary guidelines for Americans say that “consumption within the moderate range is not associated with increased risk of major chronic diseases.”
And for all of you decaf queens out there, you’re still in luck, as the health benefits are found outside of caffeine.
Ming Ding, Lead Scientist from the Harvard School of Public Health in the US, explains: ‘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.’
Professor Frank Hu, also part of Harvard’s research, went on: ‘This study provides further evidence that moderate consumption of coffee may confer health benefits in terms of reducing premature death due to several diseases.’
It goes without saying that there are more factors involved in a long and healthy life, including a balanced diet and exercise.
But there’s just no denying these findings, that clearly state that ‘higher consumption of total coffee, caffeinated coffee, and decaffeinated coffee was associated with lower risk of total mortality.’
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