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Including lower risks of liver disease. There were also lower rates of type 2 diabetes, gallstones and dementia associated with coffee consumption.

The BMJ said that to three to four cups of coffee a day is categorised as a moderate intake - 400mg or less per day.

Drinking coffee is good for most people's health, a major review of medical evidence has concluded.

Researchers warned that drinking coffee could be bad for pregnant women and added that it was also linked to a very small increased risk of fracture in women.

But Prof Paul Roderick, co-author of the study, from the faculty of medicine at University of Southampton, said the review could not say if coffee intake had made the difference.

But - it is important to note - the studies used mainly observational data, which means lower quality evidence, which means no firm conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect.

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However, But Prof Paul Roderick, co-author of the study, said it was hard to ascertain whether coffee had made the difference.

Higher intake of coffee may prevent liver damage! In other words, if you already drink coffee, enjoy it, but try to make it as healthy as possible. More studies would be needed to determine causation and not just correlation. The study found that compared to non-coffee drinkers, those who consumed three cups of coffee each day appeared to reduce their risk of being diagnosed with heart problems.

The greatest risk reduction was noticed for liver cirrhosis: "any versus no coffee consumption" was linked to a 39 percent lower risk of developing this condition. Should people start drinking coffee for health reasons?

Roasting coffee beans and drinking the ground results dates back to the 15th century, a practice that has become increasingly popular in modern Ireland but that often raises concerns for potential health implications.

Coffee drinking during pregnancy is linked with low birth weight.

As this study shows, some people may be at higher risk of adverse effects, he said, and there is "substantial uncertainty" about the effects of higher levels of intake. But they insist the findings prove moderate coffee consumption is safe, and more than likely to be good for you.

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