We have heard time and time again how much coffee you should or shouldn’t be drinking when it comes to health benefits (or lack thereof). All of this information has been covered from one study to another but we finally have some more concrete evidence of how much coffee we can actually drink before the health dangers start outweighing those health benefits.
The study examined 347,077 coffee drinkers and determined at which number of coffees the health problems tend to show up more increasingly. The magic number of coffees before health problems begin is weighing in at five cups.
Let’s break down the study
After many studies, it’s been determined that there are real health benefits from drinking coffee. One of these many studies includes one done by researchers funded by the American Heart Association, where they found that the risk of heart failure or stroke went down 8% for each additional cup of coffee per day.
But why stop at 5? What makes 5 the magic number? A new study out of South Australia suggests that this is the magic number due to the fact that such increased stimulation can lead to heart disease.
Professor Elina Hyppönen of the Australian Centre for Precision Health broke the study down even further. She said, “In order to maintain a healthy heart and a healthy blood pressure, people must limit their coffees to fewer than six cups a day – based on our data six was the tipping point where caffeine started to negatively affect cardiovascular risk.”
The best advice to follow
Now, this isn’t an excuse to just go overboard with coffee-drinking. I’m an avid coffee drinker myself and I think the most I drank in a day one time was four or five. It is always best to consume these kinds of things in moderation, and the studies and graph shown above are proof of that!
Stick to maybe three cups a day, two in the morning and an afternoon cup so you don’t lose steam, and you’ll be good to go!
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