We Spaniards take an average of 2.2 cups of coffee up to date, according to the study on consumer habits in Spain carried out by Cafés Novell. Such is the popularity of this drink that it is considered the second most consumed after water.
The consumption of coffee should be given responsible waytaking into account that it may imply some contraindications. However, Should older people drink coffee?
Some studies show that certain bioactive components of coffee may be beneficial for some diseases associated with cognitive decline. In any case, coffee is only recommended for healthy people.
“Four cups of coffee a day”
According to a long-term study published by the magazine Frontiers of Aging Neuroscience, drinking coffee on a daily basis could be linked to the risk reduction of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Not only this, but a study published in the journal Journal of Nutrition by the CIBER of Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition and the Pere Virgili Health Research Institute has established a relationship between coffee consumption and a lower risk of cognitive decline in people at high risk of cardiovascular disease.
Coffee consumption is not only associated with the reduction of cognitive diseases, but also with others such as type 2 diabetes. This is the case of a study carried out by a group of scientists from the Chalmers University of Technology. From the results they concluded that coffee helped people to reduce risk of suffering from this chronic disease.
In addition, other studies indicate that coffee consumption reduces the risk of death. “Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world,” explained the study’s author, Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at the Hospital de Navarra. “Our findings suggest that drink four cups of coffee a day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people.”
It should also be noted that a study conducted by Harvard University revealed that drinking more than four cups of coffee a day for a prolonged period of time reduces by 25 percent the risk of developing uterine cancer, while drinking between two and three lowers it by 7 percent.
Furthermore, it is important to note that there are a number of people who shouldn’t drink coffee under any concept. Specifically, this drink is prohibited to certain people based on diseases they may suffer from or other aspects or conditions.
- People with gastric or heart conditions.
- People with insomnia, nervousness or anxiety.
- People with migraine.
It should also be noted that there are people who are simply sensitive to caffeine. This means if caffeine consumption causes rapid heartbeat, nervousness, increased anxiety or insomnia, beyond what is considered “normal”. This has to do with the fact that some people take longer to metabolize caffeine.