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Caffeine is the most used psychoactive ingredient in the world for good reason – it wakes us up in the morning, it helps us fulfill our obligations and energizes us.

However, people often worry whether they should limit the intake of caffeine or completely discard it.

Although too much caffeine can cause insomnia, restlessness and accelerated heartbeat, in most cases coffee is actually beneficial to health. There are many groceries and drinks that people should consume less, and the specialized Science Alert portal writes why coffee should not be on that list.

Heart Diseases

The analysis that compares the results of 200 studies has shown that people who consume three or four cups of coffee a day have a 19 percent lower risk of facing death than cardiovascular disease.

Healthier Liver

Nine scientific studies have shown that coffee reduces the risk of cirrhosis of the liver. One cup of coffee per day reduces that risk by 22 percent, two by 43 percent, three by 57 percent, and four by as much as 65 percent.

Diabetes Type 2

One large study shows that every extra cup of coffee per day is associated with a 7 per cent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Depression

A large survey of 50,000 women showed that a cup of coffee reduces the risk of developing depression by 15% and two to three cups a day by 20%.

Cancer

Scientific research published in a European cancer prevention journal showed that coffee lovers (those who drink at least three cups a day) have a 18 percent lower risk of developing liver, uterine, oral cavity and prostate cancer.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

A meta-analysis of studies on the impact of coffee on the brain has shown that coffee lovers have approximately 16 percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

General Mortality

A survey conducted by half a million Europeans over a 16-year period showed that men who drink three or more cups of coffee a day have a 12 percent lower risk of premature death compared to those who do not drink coffee. In women, the risk is lower by seven percent.

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