……the ramblings of a mad man? Well not according to research, the findings of 200 worldwide studies say frequent coffee drinkers are less likely to get diabetes, heart disease, dementia and some cancers.

Robin Poole a public health specialist at Britain’s University of Southampton led a research team in an ‘umbrella review’ of 201 studies based on observational research and 17 studies based on clinical trials across all countries and all settings. Their findings supported the other studies showing the health benefits of drinking coffee.

Scientists have said people who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than problems, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease than those who abstain (except for women who are pregnant or who have a higher risk of suffering fractures).

Coffee was also associated with a lower risk of several cancers including prostate, endometrial, skin and liver as well as type-2 diabetes, gallstones and gout, however the greatest benefit was seen for liver conditions such as cirrhosis of the liver.

There is however a point to keep in mind regarding these findings, coffee is often consumed with products rich in refined sugars and unhealthy fats and these may independently contribute to adverse health outcomes. So as with everything in our modern society that can be beneficial to our health, moderation is the key!