The debate over the health benefits of coffee has been going on for longer than anyone can actively remember. But new research is providing some insight into the age-old question.
According to a study presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in France in late August, the findings may just be music to the ears of millions of coffee fans.
Regular coffee consumption up to 3 cups a day was associated with a reduced risk of stroke, heart disease and early death from any cause, compared to non-coffee drinkers.
This is good news for well-over half of the American population who love their daily cup of coffee.
In one of the largest study to assess the cardiovascular effects of regular coffee consumption, over 468,000 coffee drinkers were measured over the course of several years. It’s important to note, none of which had signs of heart disease at the start of the study.
“Our results suggest that regular coffee consumption is safe, as even high daily intake was not associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes and all-cause mortality after a follow-up of 10 to 15 years,” said study author Dr. Judit Simon, of the Heart and Vascular Centre, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.
“Our findings suggest that coffee consumption of up to 3 cups per day is associated with favorable cardiovascular outcomes,” she continued. “While further studies are needed to explain the underlying mechanisms, the observed benefits might be partly explained by positive alterations in cardiac structure and function.”
The new study adds to the growing research that have found that moderate amounts of coffee protects adults from type 2 diabetes, liver disease, some forms of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease and more.
Three major studies published in April found that drinking one or more cups of plain black coffee was associated with lower risks of heart disease.
While this data is not intended, in any way, to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare professional, it is encouraging to see that scientific research is shining a bright light on our favorite beverage.