Most of us enjoy our morning cup of coffee. We get up and sip it as we prepare for the day. Coffee can be a nice mid-morning break, or a warm drink in the winter months. It is good to know that it may even be good for us.
The Harvard School of Public Health concluded last year that drinking coffee in moderation may even be good for you. They go on to report that,
“Drinking two to five daily cups of coffee may protect against heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers, but too much can cause problems like anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia. Now, a review of existing research suggests that a moderate approach to coffee is the best medicine. The results were published July 23, 2020, in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Based on their review of 95 studies, the authors suggest limiting total caffeine consumption from all beverages, including coffee, to 400 milligrams per day. That's equal to about four to five 8-ounce cups of most regular coffees. This amount helps people get much of the benefit of coffee but with a lower risk of caffeine's side effects, according to the researchers.
Scientists can't say for sure why coffee is healthy. Given that the benefits are more strongly related to coffee compared with other caffeinated drinks, they likely result from ingredients in coffee other than caffeine. Coffee also contains a combination of phytochemicals, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B, all of which have shown to lower oxidative stress and improve metabolism.”
This is great news for most of us, and a caution for those who drink more than their fair share. If you love coffee but are finding that the caffeine is impacting you more as you age there’s always a good cup of decaf to be had.
Shopping local can’t be easier when you go to your favourite coffee shop and buy a gold old cup of coffee, or a nice espresso! Enjoy.