Coffee Might Make You Live Longer, New Study Says

Coffee Might Make You Live Longer, New Study Says

Coffee Might Make You Live Longer, New Study Says

Lead author of the study Erikka Loftfield, a researcher at the US National Cancer Institute, said coffee contains more than 1000 chemical compounds including antioxidants, which help protect cells from damage.

This recent study drew from data from the UK Biobank study, an in-depth research initiative collecting data and following 500,000 people for three decades.

Another large study of 500,000 people in Europe showed similar results to the recent United Kingdom research: men who drank three cups of coffee per day were 12% less likely to die over a 16-year period than coffee abstainers, and women who drank that much coffee were 7% less likely to die. But overall, "coffee drinkers were about 10 percent to 15 percent less likely to die than abstainers during a decade of follow-up", according to an Associated Press report on the study. This correlation was found in individuals who drank one cup of coffee to as many as eight per day.

Her team followed the 498,134 participants, aged 38 to 73, from 2006 until 2016, during which time 14,225 of them died. The participants also answered questions about their general health, education, and smoking and drinking habits. To reap the benefit, it doesn't matter if your coffee is decaf or instant or caffeinated, the researchers said.

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Drinking six or seven cups of coffee a day - almost twice the daily recommended limit - could help you live longer, according to new research.

That doesn't mean people should dramatically up their coffee intake, though: There isn't enough data to change the guidelines to include more cups of coffee, Loftfield said.

We've guzzled down similar findings before: Just last summer, two separate studies delivered similar good news about coffee and mortality. So, the benefit of drinking more than 8 cups of coffee over around 4 may be small.

People should also be aware that some people have a physical sensitivity to coffee.

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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.

"These investigators looked at a very large sample size and what they concluded was actually the coffee was associated with better health outcomes", she said. However, the findings provide additional reassurance to coffee drinkers, while reinforcing previous research on the benefits of the beverage to human health. These polymorphisms were responsible for persons being slow metabolizers of caffeine.

Adding toppings to coffee like cream, sugar and whipped cream can also vastly increase calories, and possibly negate it's positive effects. The meta-analysis - as these studies are called, found that drinking three to four cups of coffee daily could have a beneficial effect of the body rather than cause harm.

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