Let's take a look:
There are approximately 150 million Americans that drink coffee on a daily basis. NEW studies show that coffee reduces the risk of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke by improving endothelial function which is the mechanism by which blood vessels retain their control over blood flow and pressure.
That is important since STROKE is among the top three causes of death in America. Drinking 5 or more cups of coffee a day has shown that it can reduce death from stroke by up to 36%. If you do the math with more than 140,000 deaths from stroke every year, 36% of that number might save the lives of some 50,000 people.
Other benefits of drinking coffee:
- Reduces risk of dying from heat disease
- Show to help in preventing diabetes
- Cuts cancer risk
- Reverses impairment in Alzheimer's patients
A large study which involved 59,000 people conducted over a 19 year period provides evidence of the protective effects of coffee against heart failure. One aspect of this study showed women who consumed even ONE CUP of coffee a day reduced heart failure risk by 27% (vs.) those who drank no coffee at all.
A separated study indicated that 4 cups of coffee a day provides the strongest protection against heart failure in both men and women.
Summary of article that appeared in the August 2013 issue of Life Extension Magazine:
- Coffee is the most widely consumed pharmacologically active beverage in the world
- Coffee is NO longer associated with poor health outcomes due to new studies
- Drinking 5 cups of coffee a day can protect you against many age related diseases
- Recent studies show coffee's ability to boost endothelial function
- Coffee has been shown to offer protection against diabetes, which itself is the cause of cardiovascular diseases and cancer
- Coffee helps protect against cancer and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
- In short coffee is NOT the culprit if was once thought to be
What about differences between caffeinated and decaffeinated and black (vs.) drinking coffee with cream or milk? Here is a LINK to another report on coffee and it has additional information with more detail and more answers to any concerns over detrimental (vs.) positive effects of drinking coffee:
There are still some pro's and con's on this subject and I am NOT suggesting that everyone go out and start drinking 4 or 5 cups of coffee every day for improved health: