Drinking coffee has been associated with a number of health benefits, from a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease to a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Simultaneously, a new study finds that drinking up to three cups of coffee per day may protect your heart.
When compared to non-coffee drinkers, regular coffee consumption of 0.5 to 3 cups of coffee per day was associated with a lower risk of death from heart disease, stroke, and premature death from any cause.
The study, which was presented Friday at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, looked at the coffee-drinking habits of over 468,000 people who are part of the UK Biobank Study, which contains the detailed genetic and health information of over 500,000 Britons.
Furthermore, moderate coffee consumption has been shown in studies to protect adults from type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, computer back pain, and other diseases.
According to Dr. Giuseppe Grosso, an assistant professor in human nutrition at the University of Catania in Italy and the lead author of an umbrella review published in the Annual Review of Nutrition, the potential benefit from coffee may be due to polyphenols, which are plant compounds with antioxidant properties.
What is a coffee bean?
Two coffee beans are contained within the red fruit of the coffee plant. The coupled green beans change in hue to rich brown, only after roasting. In fact, they aren’t even beans.
Coffee, in addition to caffeine, is a dark brew of a thousand chemical compounds that may have therapeutic effects on the body. Chlorogenic acid, a polyphenol found in many fruits and vegetables, is a key component. Coffee is also a good source of vitamin B3, magnesium, and potassium.
In fact, there’s nothing better than a sip of coffee in the morning, and it is always good news that you can still have your coffee and know it is healthy.