For centuries, coffee has been a beloved morning ritual for many people around the world. Now, a new study suggests that coffee may offer more than just a jolt of energy—it may also provide some health benefits.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, looked at the effects of coffee consumption on the health of more than 200,000 people over the course of 10 years. The researchers found that those who drank at least one cup of coffee per day had a lower risk of death from any cause than those who didn’t drink coffee.
The researchers also found that those who drank four or more cups of coffee per day had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, and even some types of cancer.
The study did not prove that coffee directly caused the lower risk of death, but the researchers suggest that the compounds in coffee may be responsible for the health benefits. They noted that caffeine, antioxidants, and other compounds in coffee have been linked to a variety of health benefits, including improved cognitive function and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
The researchers also noted that the health benefits of coffee may vary depending on the type of coffee consumed. For example, filtered coffee may be less likely to cause heartburn than espresso.
Overall, the study suggests that coffee may offer some health benefits. However, it’s important to note that the study only looked at the effects of coffee consumption on mortality. More research is needed to determine if coffee has any other health benefits.
In the meantime, those who enjoy coffee can continue to do so in moderation. The researchers suggest limiting intake to four cups per day or less.