Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Drinking coffee may help you live longer

Coffee lovers rejoice! Your favourite hot cuppa can increase your longevity Drinking coffee could reduce your chance of death 'by years', scientists say
Sammy Stanley | 12 July, 2017, 00:15

Interestingly, in the US study, even decaffeinated coffee was found to be linked to longer life, suggesting that the mechanism for its health benefits lies somewhere other than caffeine.

People who had two to four cups a day had an 18 percent lower risk of death, in contrast with people who did not drink coffee at all. It found that people who consume just one cup per day saw their chance of dying early drop by 12 percent.

In the European study, people who were drinking coffee tended to have lower levels of inflammation, healthier lipid profiles and better glucose control compared with those who weren't.

The researchers said they made a "statistically significant" observation between those who consumed the most coffee and lower risk of death, compared to non-drinkers.

The European study presented an inverse relation between coffee and circulatory diseases, digestive diseases, cancer in women, suicide in men, and liver disease.

"That said, our results suggest that moderate coffee drinking - up to around three cups per day - is not detrimental, and that incorporating coffee into your diet could have health benefits".

Coffee contains many antioxidants and phenolic compounds - the substances that play an important role in the prevention of cancer. "This included checking 1 of 9 boxes, ranging from "never or hardly ever" to 4 or more cups daily", and reporting whether they drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee.

"Coffee is a rich source of various compounds that have biological activity", Marc Gunter, lead author of the European study, said in an email.

The study does have limitations, and the researchers were not able to pinpoint a causal relationship, or why coffee appears to have these health benefits.

This second study was particularly noteworthy because it focused on American populations of different ethnicities, including black, white, Latino, Japanese, and Hawaiian-Americans.

According to two new studies, drinking coffee regularly, even in not so small quantities, may be the secret to a longer life.

The benefits of coffee were found no matter how it's prepared, filtered or boiled.

Dr. Gunter is careful not to make specific recommendations about how much coffee people should drink, as more research is needed on the topic.

The US study's lead author, Dr Veronica Setiawan, from the University of Southern California, said the chemical make-up of the popular beverage was a possible explanation for the findings. But if you don't have that sensitivity, the researchers say this proves that 3 to 5 cups a day can be part of a healthy diet.

"I always felt its one of the few things that I enjoy that doesn't have calories", she said.

Previous studies conducted by Harvard University have reported drinking coffee can reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, lower the risk of deadly prostate cancer in men, and reduce the risk of heart failure and skin cancer for people who drank 1-2 cups of coffee daily, according to the San Diego Tribune. Coffee won't magically fix all your health issues and help you to live forever, but there's a chance it may help your body to keep ticking on.

"Recommending coffee intake to reduce mortality or prevent chronic disease would be premature", an accompanying editorial of the journal wrote.

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