Coffee Might Make You Live Longer, New Study Says

Coffee Might Make You Live Longer, New Study Says

A prospective cohort study of almost 500,000 people in the United Kingdom found that drinking 1 to 8 or more cups of coffee per day was inversely associated with all-cause mortality. The researchers tried to see if moderate amounts of coffee consumption per day was good for health and if heavy intake of coffee (more than 5 cups per day) cause raised risk of death among those who are more sensitive to coffee (poor coffee metabolizers).

In one study of nearly half a million people spread out across 10 European nations, researchers found that drinking three cups of coffee a day may help you live longer. It does however provide further evidence that coffee drinking can be part of a healthy diet and offers reassurance to coffee drinkers. Risk reduction varied slightly depending on how much coffee someone consumed, its caffeine content and whether it was instant or ground.

Enigma Cafe staff member Clarke Gardiner said coffee for him was "the essence of energy to wake up in the morning", drinking multiple coffees every day at work - including at night time. In other words, a higher percentage of the non-coffee drinkers died. Some people are more sensitive to the effects of coffee.

The results support the recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which states consuming three to five cups of coffee per day, or 400 milligrams per day, of caffeine is not detrimental to healthy individuals.


The researchers (who, by the way, are federal scientists, not from anything like the Starbucks Institute for Coffee Research) say there is data on diet about some of the study participants that could be mined to parse apart the difference between people who have, say, cappuccinos or lattes or espressos.

But, she added, for non-coffee drinkers, the modest benefits aren't a reason to start.

When all causes of death were combined, even slow caffeine metabolisers had a longevity boost. The authors noted inverse associations for coffee drinking with cancer and cardiovascular diseases of all kinds. It includes data from over half a million people in the United Kingdom. Simply drinking coffee isn't necessarily a health panacea. However, he highlighted the findings could be at risk of inaccuracies due to unknown or unmeasured factors linking to drinking coffee and being in good health. "This new study is consistent with the previous studies but show [s] that the potential benefit extends to higher intakes of coffee,"he said."But [it] doesn't mean that everyone should drink 8 cups of coffee a day".

You may have heard about the plant compounds called phytochemicals in coffee; such basic elements remain whether coffee is caffeinated or not, and whether you use a $5,000 espresso machine or you pour some hot water onto some powder.

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