Benefits of Coffee

Read this morning in the New England Journal of Medicine:

Drinking coffee daily — in particular, several cups daily — is associated with a wide range of health benefits, according to an umbrella review of meta-analyses in The BMJ.

The review included over 200 meta-analyses of observational or interventional research into coffee consumption and health outcomes in adults. Among the benefits:

Daily coffee consumption of 3 cups of coffee — regular or decaffeinated — was associated with a 17% lower risk for all-cause mortality, relative to no coffee consumption.

Caffeinated coffee was linked to lower risks for cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke, with benefits highest at 3–5 cups daily.

Caffeinated coffee was associated with lower risks for cancer and liver conditions.

Both regular and decaf coffee appeared to lower risk for type 2 diabetes.