Is coffee healthy? Top 5 health benefits of coffee

Cristian Halati

Coffee is the drink that has enjoyed an important role in human culture for over a thousand years and has undoubtedly secured a permanent place in our society as a highly celebrated and sought-after daily commodity.

We drink it for focus and increased productivity at work, but it is also indispensable from almost any social setting we find ourselves in.

But have you ever wondered just how healthy coffee is? Is coffee healthy to begin with? Or is your daily caffeine habit likely to cause you harm in the long run?

Good questions, and good news! Research indicates that coffee is indeed quite a healthy beverage. When enjoyed responsibly and in moderate amounts, coffee has a plethora of health benefits. Read on to find out more about the benefits of coffee.

1.       Coffee may reduce the risk of all-cause mortality

All-cause mortality is simply defined as the mortality rate for all causes of death for a population, in a given time period. Simply put, when scientists compare groups of coffee drinkers with groups of non-coffee drinkers for a period of time, they find that coffee drinkers tend to have a lower risk of death across the board. The best effect was observed at 3 cups per day.

This likely occurs because of coffee’s many specific health benefits, which we’ll go into more detail below.

2.       Coffee may help prevent several chronic diseases

Further studies into the relationship between coffee and human health demonstrated that regular coffee consumption can help prevent several chronic diseases. Associations have been identified between regular moderate coffee consumption and a lower incidence of Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease and even Alzheimer’s disease.

3.       Coffee may reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke  

Studies also indicate that consuming three cups of coffee per day is consistently associated with a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Compared to non-drinkers, people had had 3 cups per day enjoyed a 19% reduction in risk of death from cardiovascular disease, 16% for coronary heart disease and 30% lower mortality risk from stroke.

4.      Regular coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of cancer

Other large analyses demonstrated that moderate consumption of coffee was associated with a lower risk of a wide range of cancers, from liver cancer, prostate to endometrial cancer and melanoma.  

5.      Coffee can keep your liver healthy

Regular and moderate coffee consumption has also been demonstrated to result in a lower risk of negative liver outcomes such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.

So there you go! We’ve covered a lot of ground in this article, but the short summary is that when consumed in moderate amounts, coffee does indeed provide a range of health benefits. So long as you don’t go overboard with 8 espressos a day, you too will be able to enjoy this beverage and the health benefits it offers.

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