If you’re a coffee lover (and lets face it, who isn’t?), it’s your lucky day. It turns out your favourite hot drink is actually much better for you than you may have thought.
Yes, we know – there have been endless arguments for and against the health benefits (or risks) of drinking coffee for decades. But new research by World Health Organisation (WHO) now claims that the popular beverage may help to prevent certain cancers. Not convinced? Hear us out…
According to the research, scientists have found that coffee can protect against some cancers and can therefore not be classified as a carcinogen (a substance capable of causing cancer). To prove their findings, WHO have released a comprehensive 500-page study via The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – the largest ever evaluation of coffee carried out as stated by President of the National Coffee Association, Bill Murray.
‘The World Health Organization’s cancer research arm has been preparing for this release for more than three years. And today we can say that coffee drinkers in the United States and around the world can celebrate the comprehensive finding that their favorite drink is a true super food that has been shown to protect against some cancers,’ he said. ‘The scientists specifically concluded that regular coffee consumption could reduce the risk of liver and uterine cancer.’
He continued: ‘Other analysis of up to one million people shows that coffee drinkers may live longer. In fact, research shows that this amazing beverage may actually help lower the risk of several different types of cancers and drinking between one and five cups a day is associated with lower rates of heart disease, neurological disease and suicide.’
Last year, a similar study published in the BMJ also found a link between coffee and good health. After scanning over 220 participants, scientists at the University of Southampton concluded that people who drank coffee were 17 per cent less likely to die early during the study period from any cause, 19 per cent less likely to die of heart disease and 18 per cent less likely to develop cancer, compared to people who did not drink coffee. And if that wasn’t enough reassurance, according to Heathline, the caffeine in your coffee can also temporarily improve mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance and general brain function.
So, shall we put the kettle on?