For a lot of people the day starts when day take their first sip of their morning coffee. Until then, they are wandering somewhere between the dream world and reality.
However, there are a lot of people who avoid drinking coffee due to an uncertainty of its health effects. Are they doing the right thing, avoiding coffee?
Sanjiv Chopra, a physician, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and best-selling author (He also happens to be the brother of Deepak Chopra, MD!) not only disagrees with them but stresses that coffee, in fact, is the healthiest beverage you can drink.
Coffee appears to offer a great variety of benefits, including substantial protection against liver cirrhosis, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive decline and dementia, gallstones, tooth decay, and a host of common cancers, including prostate, colon, endometrial, and skin cancer.
There also is a lower rate of suicide among coffee drinkers.
But the one most startling conclusion comes from more than 19,000 studies that researched the impact coffee has on human health, and says that people who drink a lot of coffee appear to live longer than people who drink little or no coffee.
For example, a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health review of 21 studies conducted between 1966 and 2013 that included almost one million participants concluded that people who drank as many as four cups of coffee daily reduced mortality by 16 percent.
That’s incredible news for coffee drinkers.
One question remains, though. How many cups of coffee is optimal to drink in one day.
According to Dr. van Dam of the Harvard School of Public Health, as long as your body can tolerate it there are no negative effects associated with drinking up to six eight-ounce cups of caffeinated coffee (one hundred milligrams) a day.
The Mayo Clinic reports that four cups “appears to be safe for most healthy adults.”
The American Medical Association points out that two to three eight-ounce cups is about average but that ten cups is an excessive amount.
So if you ask me, it’s best to listen to your own body.
I personally, drink up to 4 cups of coffee per day. My average is 3 cups of coffee per day. But that’s just me.
Find your own optimal amount, however, stay within the 6-cups-of-coffee-per-day limit. If you want to know why, read this ultimate guide about the greatest addiction of humanity!
Enjoy your coffee!