Coffee Drinkers Live Longer!

Coffee Drinkers Live Longer!

Two large studies link higher coffee consumption to a reduced risk for death. Two new studies published in Annals of Internal Medicine seem to confirm the mortality benefits of higher coffee consumption.

The first study found that compared to non-coffee drinkers, those who consume the most coffee have a significantly lower risk for death. The study, conducted in 10 European countries, was the largest ever of its kind. The second study found that higher coffee consumption was linked to lower risk for death in whites and non-white populations. This finding is important because different races have different lifestyles and disease risks. The mortality benefit was the same for caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.

These studies also affirms that a positive effect of coffee is biologically plausible. Polyphenols and other bioactive compounds in coffee have antioxidant properties, and coffee intake is associated with reduced insulin resistance, inflammation, and biomarkers of liver function. Generally speaking, coffee intake up to 3 to 5 cups per day can be part of a healthy diet.

Coffee is one of the most frequently consumed beverages worldwide. About 75 percent of adults in the United States drink coffee, and 50 percent drink it daily. Because of its ubiquitous consumption, understanding coffee’s health effects is important.

Well, I’m a tea drinker. Guess I better start drinking coffee!

Researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and Imperial College London used data from EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition)

Investigators at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California sought to determine how coffee consumption affected health across multiple races.