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According to a recent article in Men’s Health, a new study has shown that drinking three espressos a day can reduce a person’s risk of developing prostate cancer in half. Researchers monitored 7,000 men in the Molise region of Italy for 4 years and took note of their coffee consumption, finding that those who drank at least three cups of coffee per day had a 53 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer.
Three cups of coffee a day ’may have health benefits’
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Moderate coffee drinking is safe, and three to four cups a day may have some health
benefits, according to a large review of previous studies, in the BMJ.
” he said. that There is a balance of risks in life, and the benefits of moderate consumption of coffee seem to outweigh the risks,
It found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers, and a lower risk of dying from stroke – but researchers could not prove coffee was the cause.
At present, the researchers said pinning down exactly how coffee might have a positive impact on health was “difficult”.
” he said. that Factors such as age, whether people smoked or not and how much exercise they took could all have had an effect,
But Prof Paul Roderick, co-author of the study, from the faculty of medicine at University
of Southampton, said the review could not say if coffee intake had made the difference.
Commenting on the BMJ review, Eliseo Guallar, from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health, said there was still uncertainty about the effects of higher levels of coffee intake.
For other adults, moderate caffeine intake equates to 400mg or less per day – or three to four cups –
but coffee isn’t the only drink (or food) to bear in mind.