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Coffee a ‘miracle’ drink with many health benefits, say experts

UPI – Consider coffee a “mini-Mediterranean diet,” experts have claimed.

The health benefits of the beverage millions of people drink to start their day far outweigh the potential risks, much like the popular diet that limits red meat and fat intake, the experts said.

“The Mediterranean diet is, primarily, a plant-based diet, and coffee is a plant-based drink,” researcher Stephen Safe with expertise in cancer prevention, said in a phone interview.

“If you compare the benefits of coffee to those of the Mediterranean diet, you could hardly tell the difference between them,” said Safe, a distinguished professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Texas A&M University in College Station.

In a review of peer-reviewed studies of the beverage, Safe and his colleagues found that coffee consumption can help reduce a person’s risk for certain types of cancers, as well as Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

“Drinking coffee has also been shown to help people live longer,” Safe said.

“I’m a big proponent, and I drink a lot of it,” he said, adding that he consumes “five or six double espressos” every day.

Safe describes coffee as a “miracle” drink, much like “aspirin is a miracle drug.”

Here’s why.

“Contrary to popular opinion,” Safe said, the overwhelming majority of research suggests that coffee consumption is linked with a number of key health benefits.

WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS

For example, a 2019 study found that coffee consumption lowered the risk for Type 2 diabetes by 22 per cent.

In addition, people who consumed more than 60 cups of coffee per month – or more than two a day – were found to have a nearly 70 per cent lower risk of liver cancer, a nearly 50 per cent lower risk for colon and breast cancers and a nearly 30 per cent lower risk for thyroid cancer, according to a 2021 study.

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