• Morgan Sellars

Studies: Coffee a healthy choice for most

When you get up in the morning, what is the first thing you want to help wake you up? If coffee is your preferred morning drink, you're in luck. Drinking coffee not only wakes you up, it can also provide some health benefits.

According to CNN, " In an observational study involving close to 20,000 individuals, people who consumed at least four cups of coffee daily had a 64% lower risk of early death compared to those never or rarely consumed coffee."

The risk of an early death is reduced more significantly once people have reached the age of 45, which suggests that coffee is more beneficial the older we get. Coffee also is said to be beneficial regardless of whether it is regular or decaf.

Coffee beans have some naturally occurring antioxidants. These antioxidants can prevent the risk of many diseases, included type 2 diabetes, liver disease, colorectal cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and skin cancer.

Though coffee has many benefits, some people should limit their coffee intake, such as pregnant woman. CNN reported, "Current evidence suggests that consuming moderate amounts of caffeine up to 200 mg per day, the amount in a 12- ounce cup of coffee, is not associated with increased risk for miscarriage or preterm birth," said Dr. Joseph Wax, Chair of the American college of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Committee on Obstetric Practice. "However, data are contradictory regarding these pregnancy outcomes when women consume more than 200 mg per day of caffeine." People with heart conditions should also limit their intake on caffeine consumption.

Start off your day with a cup of rejuvenating coffee!