Bruce Levenson suggests that coffee has been around for many generations. Its quality and consumption has only improved over the years. What is still a mystery is how well coffee can be for the body or how harmful it can be. Numerous myths about the drink and caffeine consumption in general have be debunked and proven wrong.

It seems like the health benefits yielded from coffee and caffeine are incredibly high. Studies showed that people who consumed up to six cups of coffee a day had a lower risk of developing a chronic illness than those who haven’t. Cardiovascular health is also debated about when it comes to coffee. Studies showed that up to 7 cups a day showed no greater effect in the risk of heart disease. However, people who exceeded ten cups a day did end up having heart problems but these people also smoked.

The lungs were also affected in these people with the risk of lung cancer multiplying five times. Type 2 diabetes, liver cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease all showed to be at a lower risk in those that regularly drank coffee. In people with liver disease, coffee seemed to decrease the progression of cirrhosis, a disease that erodes the liver. For people who were already diagnosed with cirrhosis, the risk of death and the potential development of liver cancer actually declined with regular coffee consumption.

While coffee isn’t the golden ticket to a healthy life, it should no longer be considered a vice or a substance to ignore. Researchers suggest people drink 2 cups a day with minimal added ingredients like cream, sugar, and toppings.

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