Coffee Production Is Increasing, and Apparently so are the Health Benefits

Last year, coffee exports reached an all-time high: 122.45 million bags from 2016-2017. That is an increase of nearly 5% from the previous year, according to the International Coffee Organization.

That’s good news for devoted drinkers of the bean, but there’s another recent finding in the scientific world that boosts coffee’s cause even more. Forbes recently reported on a study from the University of Southampton that drinking up to six cups of coffee per day is linked to increased heart health and a reduced chance of dying from other diseases. The study was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and compiled analyses from nearly 220 previous studies on the benefits of drinking coffee.

This meta-study indicates that drinking coffee correlates to a lower risk of cirrhosis of the liver. A lowered risk of contracting certain types of cancer, such as liver and prostate, as well as type 2 diabetes, gout, and kidney stones, is also linked to coffee consumption. In addition to the physical health benefits, drinking coffee can also reduce depression and decrease chances of having other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

The study found that coffee’s benefits start to plateau at four cups per day. The key ingredients in a cup of joe seem to be the high levels of anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants; both are scientifically proven to reduce cancer risks.

An increasing coffee production year over year and new reasons to drink coffee are reasons to celebrate…cappucino, anyone?

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