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Three to Four Coffees a Day Could Make You Healthier, Study

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Recent news will have cyclists jumping out of their saddles to get to the nearest café after researchers have determined that coffee may well come with considerable health benefits. They’ve even gone as far as to say that drinking as many as seven cups a day reduces the chance of an early death! Here’s more…

The paper, published in the British Medical Journal, saw scientists from the Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh release their data – which looked at more than 200 previous studies into the health effects of caffeine – and concluded that coffee consumption is linked with a range of health benefits. What’s more, they also went on to say that the benefits outweigh any potential negative effects.

What Are the Benefits of Drinking Coffee?

The research determined that the optimum amount of coffee was three to four cups a day, in terms of health benefits. By sipping on this amount of coffee, drinkers can expect to enjoy the following:

- Lower risk of developing heart problems

- Diabetes

- Liver disease

- Depression

- Dementia

- Some cancers

Lastly, 3-4 coffees per day would reduce the chances of an early death by 17 percent!

For those of you who love nothing more than to see off in excess of six cups per day (several, post-group ride, perhaps) the study has some good news for you too! Consuming seven cups of coffee per day reduces the risk of an early death of 10 percent.


The study’s authors did mention that pregnant women are not included in the benefits, as this level of coffee consumption is actually a risk for them. Venti mochas with caramel syrup are also a no-go – it’s the healthy options that people will benefit from, such as Americanos.

“Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverages worldwide. As such, even small individual health effects could be important on a population scale,” wrote the authors of the study.

“Coffee consumption seems generally safe within usual levels of intake, with summary estimates indicating largest risk reduction for various health outcomes at three to four cups a day, and more likely to benefit health than harm.”

Coffee is the beverage of choice for cyclists around the world, with a host of studies already demonstrating that caffeine can benefit your performance (much like the excitement of owning new carbon bike wheels), particularly when exercising at high-intensity.

But at the end of the day, coffee is a super-tasty way to polish off a ride with your friends and a slice of flapjack. Extra cup, anyone?

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