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“Ups and Downs of Coffee Consumption”

We love our coffee, but is there a scientific verdict on its health effects? Can it add years to your life? Does it help protect from cardiovascular disease? Should you stop drinking coffee if you’re pregnant? Over half (55%) of the US population drinks coffee on a daily basis, at an average of about 2 cups per day. The U.S. spends $40 billion on coffee each year. But is all this coffee affecting our health or longevity? The American Academy of Pediatrics says caffeine has been linked to harmful effects on young people’s developing neurologic and cardiovascular systems. People are bewildered by confusing medical reports related to coffee. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that moderate coffee consumption (3–4 cups per day) was associated with decreased risks of cardiovascular-specific and all-cause mortality. Other researchers found that, in any coffee-drinkers, there was a significant inverse association with the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, endometrial cancer, melanoma, and nonmelanoma skin cancer. Results showed that drinking 3–4 cups of coffee per day provided the best risk reduction for cardiovascular disease. Their analysis confirmed that coffee consumption had beneficial health impacts on longevity. Likewise, an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that the consumption of 2–5 standard cups of coffee per day was associated with reduced mortality in studies conducted throughout the world and across various demographics.

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