Coffee for Life ? A Consolidation of Facts!

13 July 2017

Over the past few years I have from time to time commented on various research reports on a multitude of positive contributions coffee, tea and chocolate apparently make to our health and quality of life. Just occasionally the sponsor of the report may raise an eyebrow from me as there has occasionally been a hint of vested interest!

The Telegraph this week has a great piece written by Sue Quinn that helpfully pulls a lot of this information together into a single article. You can find it in the papers Lifestyle section under Health. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/nutrition/health-benefits-coffee/

In summary; A Korean report indicates 3 to 5 cups a day is great for your heart. A Harvard study finds moderate coffee consumption reduces the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease. Another American report had “strong evidence” that 6 cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of contracting Type 2 Diabetes by 33%…..even if you do end up bouncing off the walls!!!!! A number of studies over the years link higher caffeine consumption with positive reductions in brain cell degeneration linked to conditions including MS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

On the down side high coffee consumption can affect sleep patterns and some Public Health advice has be known to recommend no coffee for six hours before bed! Some studies link high coffee consumption with cigarette smoking or with a tendency to exercise less. I like a good cup of coffee several times a day but my contribution to the great coffee debate would be’ as my old Gran used to say; “Anything in moderation dear”!!

Written by: Colin from KSV.

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