More good news on the positive effects of coffee on our health.

Oslo – Drinking coffee in moderation, up to five cups a day, can reduce the chances of contracting cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, a study by Norwegian researchers showed. The researchers based their findings on data from 27,000 women in the United States. Those who drank between one and three cups of coffee daily reduced the risk of contracting cardio-vascular diseases and “inflammatories” by between 20 to 25 per cent.

The study, published on Norwegian website, used “inflammatories” to include diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and conditions of the lungs, liver and kidneys.

“The findings suggest antioxidants could be a factor in reducing the risks of contracting a number of ailments,” said researcher Lene Frost Andersen. The study also showed coffee accounts for 60 percent of antioxidants in the classical Norwegian diet. Antioxidants are substances such as vitamins and beta carotene, which attack free radicals, the molecules the body produces naturally that are at the root of many diseases.

However, the positive effects of coffee are negated with excessive consumption of more than five cups a day. “It seems there is something harmful in coffee, if consumed in large quantities,” a co-author of the report, Rune Blomhoff said, without specifying what this property was.