Now We’re Talkin’!

From Lindsay Abrams: (Check out the article’s sketch of recent studies of coffee’s benefits.)

“What I tell patients is, if you like coffee, go ahead and drink as much as you want and can,” says Dr. Peter Martin, director of the Institute for Coffee Studies at Vanderbilt University. He’s even developed a metric for monitoring your dosage: If you are having trouble sleeping, cut back on your last cup of the day. From there, he says, “If you drink that much, it’s not going to do you any harm, and it might actually help you. A lot.”

Officially, the American Medical Association recommends conservatively that “moderate tea or coffee drinking likely has no negative effect on health, as long as you live an otherwise healthy lifestyle.” That is a lackluster endorsement in light of so much recent glowing research. Not only have most of coffee’s purported ill effects been disproven — the most recent review fails to link it the development of hypertension — but we have so, so much information about its benefits. We believe they extend from preventing Alzheimer’s disease to protecting the liver. What we know goes beyond small-scale studies or limited observations. The past couple of years have seen findings, that, taken together, suggest that we should embrace coffee for reasons beyond the benefits of caffeine, and that we might go so far as to consider it a nutrient.

About Scot McKnight

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  • Barb

    Good News–YES!

  • Israel Sanchez

    Finally, some medical validation!

  • Tom Howard

    Ah, enjoying some dark roast now…..never paid much attention to the naysayers anyway

  • jesse

    fantastic news!

  • Kullervo

    I know I’ve hit my limit when I am too jittery to read the tax code anymore.

  • Ann F-R

    :) always glad to be encouraged in healthy habits!

  • Robert

    It seems to be the case that double espressos make me dizzy. I think I will go by my experience vs. the doctor!

  • Kyle F

    I love intelligentsia…

  • John

    For Christmas, I bought an 8 oz. bag of Grade #1 Jamaican Blue Mountain beans for everyone in our company :-)