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Drinking Coffee Regularly Reduces Death Risk

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In yet another study praising the benefits of coffee, researchers have found regular coffee consumption to reduce the risk of death as a result of a variety of causes, which include diabetes and heart disease — this in comparison to those who didn’t consume any coffee whatsoever during the 10-year study.

The study’s lead author, Dr. Erikka Loftfield with the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, was quoted by Reuters Health in a report published on MedPage Today as having explained that there are “numerous biologically active compounds, including phenolic acids, potassium, and caffeine” contained within coffee.

While the results of the study, which were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found regular coffee consumption to lower the risk of dying by roughly 18 percent in those drinking two to three cups daily, other research has shown an association between coffee and cancer. For instance, the World Health Organization claims that coffee might be carcinogenic to the human urinary bladder, but at the same time, the organization also notes in the same report that coffee consumption “may actually protect humans against cancer of the colon and rectum.”

Loftfield’s explanation of the mixed results regarding coffee’s potential benefit or detriment when it comes to different cancers is that it might “be because coffee reduces mortality risk for some cancers but not others.”

Although coffee drinking has also been inversely associated with incidence of certain cancers, like liver, in epidemiological studies, we did not observe an association between coffee and overall cancer mortality (…) This may be because coffee reduces mortality risk for some cancers but not others.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, moderate caffeine consumption — no more than 200 milligram a day — is safe for women who are pregnant. Researchers claim that neither coffee nor caffeine have a negative impact on the intelligence and behavior of children.

Other research has found that coffee might actually prevent erectile dysfunction.

What do you think, is coffee good? Or is it bad?

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