Drink more coffee. You probably didn’t need an excuse but now you have one.
Coffee, one of the worlds most popular drinks contains caffeine, one of, it not the world’s most popular stimulant. It’s always therefore been the subject of much research – everything from physical and mental performance to cancer and gastrointestinal diseases. The reason it’s so widely researched is precisely because it’s so commonly drunk – small individual effects can become very important at population scale.
We researched in depth the benefits of caffeine in relation to performance for our caffeine containing nootropic Boost but it really doesn’t end there. Published in November 17 a new umbrella review (an umbrella review reviews existing meta-analyses, meta-analyses are reviews of studies) assessed all the existing evidence on coffee in relation to various health outcomes. If you’re a coffee nerd, the news is good.
The review looked at massive 201 meta-analyses and found coffee consumption “more often than not associated with benefit rather than harm for a range of health outcomes.” The headline was that three or four cups of coffee a day, when compared to none, was a large relative risk reduction for all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and cardiovascular disease. Also high versus low consumption was associated with an 18% lower risk of cancer. These are all the biggest killers.
Enjoy your coffee.
Poole et al (2017), Coffee consumption and health: umbrella review of meta-analyses of multiple health outcomes, BMJ 2017;359:j5024