Another surprising bit of news. After 2 years of examining data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Anglia Ruskin University researchers have discovered that drinking more than 2 cups of coffee daily helps lower body fat levels. Seems like good news for coffee lovers.
The study showed that women between 20-43 years of age, who averaged 2-3 cups daily, had 3.4 % less body fat than those who seldom enjoyed a brew. Surprisingly, women aged between 45 and 69 who drank more than 4 cups a day showed even greater body fat loss at 4.1%. To top it all, decaf coffee had the same effect.
Lee Smith, lead researcher, notes that aside from caffeine, bioactive compounds have the potential to regulate our weight. In a statement, Lee explained, “It could be that coffee, or its effective ingredients could be integrated into a healthy diet strategy to reduce the burden of other chronic conditions related to the obesity epidemic.”
Aside from helping burn fat, coffee has been known to also boost energy levels, improve physical performance, may lower risk of type 2 diabetes, helps protect the liver, and fights depression and make you happier.
But coffee lovers, beware. These aren’t reasons to overdo it. Note that moderation is always the key. Anything in excess is bad for you. Around 4-6 cups a day should be the maximum. But if you have medical conditions like high blood pressure, avoid excessive caffeine consumption.
Having said this, coffee does have its substantial medical and living benefits. Right amounts of coffee seem to help reduce a lot of ailments, medical studies will attest to this. This may mean that coffee can help you live longer, given the fact that it reduces the chances of getting many diseases or ailments. Given this, coffee may be considered one of the healthiest beverages around. Maybe that’s why it is so popular in many parts of the world. So pour yourself a cup and enjoy the benefits.