Coffee Drinkers May Benefit From Drinking More Of It

Henrietta Brewer
July 5, 2018

The researchers observed an inverse association for coffee drinking with mortality, including among participants who reported drinking at least one cup per day, up to eight or more cups per day.

Even drinking less than one cup of coffee per day lowers the risk of premature death due by 6 percent, the study found.

A population-based study that included people ages 38 to 73 drew an association between coffee and health, meaning that coffee might not be the cause of longevity, just a coincidental factor.

The study also found that it did not matter what kind of coffee people drank, and how much. Most were coffee drinkers; 154,000 or nearly one-third drank two to three cups daily and 10,000 drank at least eight cups daily.

The study provides more evidence that coffee drinking can be part of a healthy diet and offers reassurance to coffee drinkers. In other words, a higher percentage of the non-coffee drinkers died.

The lower risk of death held true with both caffeinated and decaf coffee, leading researchers to believe the value of coffee lies in the beans.

Coffee contains more than 1,000 compounds that might explain the results, including cell-protecting antioxidants.

Feel free to pour yourself a cup of coffee before reading this - even if you've already had some today.

While the exact reason why coffee may boost your life longevity remains unclear, researchers say the results reinforce previous studies.

It's another piece of good news for coffee lovers, and it gets even better.

Lead author Dr Erikka Loftfield, a cancer epidemiologist, said the results applied to all types of coffee including ground, instant and decaffeinated. But those who drank the most coffee were less likely to die, the findings showed.

In other words while coffee drinking has some benefits especially in dealing with non-communicable diseases, your genes decide how well you metabolise caffeine. "Also, the women with the highest caffeine intakes were older, more likely to be poorly educated or obese prior to pregnancy, and to smoke during pregnancy".

The second main way in which the study builds upon past research is that it took into account mortality incidence with respect to genetic differences in participants' metabolizing of caffeine.

"Coffee makes you happy, it gives you something to look forward to in the morning, " said Taylor, a sound engineer from Las Vegas.

Other studies have found that coffee may help fight inflammation and affect how the body uses insulin, possibly reducing the chance of diabetes. These polymorphisms were responsible for persons being slow metabolizers of caffeine. A recent study that brewed up good news for coffee drinkers involved British volunteers.

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