Occasional exercise, a balanced diet, sufficient sleep – that’s all well and good. But if you want to stay healthy as you age, you’ll need something else – coffee! According to the latest studies, the popular beverage is something of a magical elixir.
Coffee drinkers can breathe a sigh of relief: coffee isn’t an underestimated vice, but rather offers a number of health benefits. Drinking moderate amounts of coffee regularly is actually good for you. When we say regularly, we mean every day, and moderate amounts are considered something between two and five regular household coffee cups. This level of consumption allows the more than 1000 chemical compounds found in coffee, including caffeine, the most well-known of these substances, to have a positive impact on the human body. How much caffeine is good for us? Well, that varies from one person to the next. According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), a caffeine intake of 400 mg per day, the amount in five cups of coffee, does not raise safety concern in healthy adults. For women who are pregnant or nursing, the recommended amount is around two cups – decaffeinated coffee is an even safer choice. Children and young people can drink one to two cups a day, depending on their body weight.
The secret to a long life
Scientists have been studying the effects of caffeine and other stimulants on the human body for more than 100 years. To this day, countless studies have been published – some with surprising results. For example, researchers at Harvard University claim that the popular beverage may actually lower the risk of premature death. In their study from 2015, they link increased coffee consumption to a lower risk of death from a number of diseases. It has been proven that coffee can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, that it is non-carcinogenic, and that it can help protect against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. And the most amazing part? The results are identical for both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. Furthermore, a number of false claims have been debunked when it comes to coffee and health. For example, that coffee dehydrates you, that it increases your cholesterol and blood pressure, or that it increases the risk of cardiac arrhythmia and heart attacks. These have all been proven false, as has the notion that drinking coffee increases the risk of stroke, or causes damage to the stomach, intestines or liver.
More is better?
With all this praise for coffee’s health benefits, you might ask whether drinking more than five cups a day would result in even greater health benefits? The answer is no. After the sixth cup, the positive effects of coffee no longer increase. Quite the opposite in fact: drinking more than the recommended amount daily could result in problems falling or staying asleep, increased anxiety and cardiovascular issues. And, even though everyone has a different tolerance when it comes to coffee, when a person drinks too much, the negative effects of coffee consumption will outweigh the positive effects on a person’s health. But honestly, who drinks 10 or more cups of coffee a day? Even we can’t drink that much – and we get it straight from the source!
Therefore, we say to all the coffee addicts: enjoy each cup more than ever. And for all the non-coffee-drinkers: maybe it’s time for you to start! We have a number of tasty varieties for you to try.