Coffee can protect against heart disease, a study has found - but only in women.
Scientists found women who drink two to three cups a day are 25 per cent less likely to die from the disease than those who abstain. But they are at a loss to explain why coffee appeared to have no effect on death rates for men.
The study contradicted fears that coffee is bad for the health. Drinking as much as six cups a day did not raise the risk of premature death in either sex.
The U.S. research, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, looked at 84,000 women between 1980 and 2004, and nearly 42,000 men between 1986 and 2004. The volunteers filled in questionnaires about their coffee habits and health every two to four years.
Women who drank two or three cups of full-strength coffee a day were 25 per cent less likely to die of heart disease during the study, compared with women who drank no coffee. They were also 18 per cent less likely to die from something other than cancer or heart disease. The research found no link between coffee drinking and cancer.
Those who drank decaffeinated coffee also had lower death rates than those who abstained.
Source - Daily Mail