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How many cups of coffee is good for health? Does drinking more than three cups of coffee a day is healthier than the prescribed daily dose of coffee? A recent study on drinking more cups of coffee is considered healthy has made a heated discussion on coffee drinkers on how many is too much for coffee?

For many years scientist are nonstop studying the cause and effect of coffee to individuals, and looking for accurate answers on how many cups of coffee is okay to drink to get the benefits? Over the years, health experts suggest that the ideal daily consumption is only two to three cups of coffee a day more than that, it may cause disadvantages to health. However, the new study that is released at the British Cardiovascular Society conference in June said that people drinking more than five cups of coffee a day is no different to people who are drinking the daily suggested serving which is two cups per day.

The hearings are shocking where the study administered for more than 8,000 coffee drinkers across the United Kingdom also give the same conclusion that even those who exceed the suggested daily serving and drank up to 25 cups of coffee per day is safe for the heart, and will not cause havoc in the arteries, the same effect when drinking two cups of coffee a day.

This finding is unexpected that make people wonder about how many is too much for coffee? Because for the longest time experts say that too much coffee is bad for the health, however, the new study suggests that drinking more than five cups of coffee on a daily basis may be linked with a mild increment in cardiovascular disease risk compared with the peril in those who drink less.

“In nutrition, it is always expected that there is a threshold above which increasing intakes are no longer beneficial, and this is what we saw here,” Elina Hypponen, study co-author and director of the Australian Centre for Precision Health at the University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute, wrote in an email. “The best practice appears to be that of sticking to moderation,” she said.

According to the CNN report, ” The study, published in March in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, included health data on long-term coffee consumption and cardiovascular disease among 347,077 adults in the United Kingdom.

The data was collected in 22 centers between 2006 and 2010 as part of the UK Biobank. It featured self-reported information on how many cups of coffee the participants drank each day, and the incidence of cardiovascular disease was measured. Information on each adult’s cardiovascular health came from hospital inpatient records and mortality records, Hypponen said in an email.”

During the study, the participants are divided into seven groups: those who didn’t drink coffee, drinking decaffeinated coffee, and drinking caffeinated coffee. And the other group are divided according to their daily consumption of coffee.

The result of the experiment is surprising, the researchers have found that those who drank one or two cups a day, the odds of cardiovascular disease were 11% higher among adults who did not drink coffee, 7% higher among those who drank decaf and a whopping 22% higher among those who drank more than six cups per day.

“Readers may be surprised by the slight elevation in risk for those who did not drink any coffee or chose decaffeinated coffee,” Hypponen noted.

“Coffee contains caffeine which is a stimulant. Caffeine administration in clinical trials has been shown to increase sympathetic nervous system activity and blood pressure, and in simple terms, excessive coffee intakes can make your heart work harder,” Hypponen said.

“Anything that makes your heart work harder through that type of mechanisms, whether it would be stress or excessive coffee consumption, can be bad for your heart, especially if this continues over long periods of time,” she said. “Some types of coffee which are produced without filtering also contain cafestol, which raises the blood LDL cholesterol and can affect cardiovascular disease risk through related mechanisms.”

Is it time to rejoice for us coffee addicts? Well, the answer is No, it is sad to break the hope that it is okay to drink more than, the prescribe serving of coffee per day because the study is still lacking evidence to support their findings. And the experiment was done to a limited population that was not enough to generalize the public. But of course, there is a small shed of light that we can drink more cups of coffee, but for now, let us stick to the original plan and follow the expert’s advice to drink our coffee in moderation.

More about this news at CNN Business news. 

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