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Is Coffee the Next Superfood?

According to a recent study from Harvard, researchers said drinkers of both fully caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee saw a lower risk of cardiovascular and neurological diseases, type-2 diabetes and even suicide.

The reason for this may be the
bioactive compounds in coffee, which have previously been shown to help reduce both insulin resistance and systematic inflammation.
For this study. researchers looked at association of risk and subsequent mortality among tens of thousands of people throughout the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study. This was measured with consumption of total, caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.

According to the results, “compared to non-drinkers, coffee consumption one to five cups [per day] was associated with lower risk of mortality, while coffee consumption more than five cups/d was not associated with risk of mortality.” Researchers found “significant inverse associations” between coffee consumption and death due to cardiovascular disease, neurological disease and suicide. There were no links found between coffee consumption and cancer mortality.

"Results from this and previous studies indicate that coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.”

I'd also like to comment that typically in these studies, when they say a "cup," usually they are not referring to the standard "cup" of 250 mL (8 oz), but a "coffee cup" that is typically around 175 mL.

If you want more to read more about the health benefits being linked back to coffee consumption, see some of the related posts below. Just remember though, nothing is 100% good or 100% bad, so moderation/balance would be the take home message here.

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Source: Association of Coffee Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in Three Large Prospective Cohorts

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