Drinking Coffee Helps You Live Longer, Pair Of New Studies Confirm

Joy Montgomery
July 12, 2017

The habits of coffee-lovers were shown to add years to their life - with high coffee consumption shown to reduce the risk of death from diseases related to circulation and digestion in particular.

Using this data, researchers found that people who drank one cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die.

A new study of more than 500,000 people in countries across Europe says that people who drank a lot of coffee lived longer.

The male participants who drank three cups of coffee a day were 18 per cent less likely to die over that period, when compared to people who did not drink coffee at all, and the females who drank three cups a day had an 8 per cent reduced chance of death. People who drank two or more cups per day were 18 per cent less likely to die.

Researchers found that coffee was linked to a reduced risk of death from digestive diseases in both men and women, as well as a decreased risk of death from cerebrovascular and circulatory disease among women.

Contrary to people who believe coffee can cause health problems, coffee drinkers may actually live longer according to a recent study. However, he suggests that a "moderate" level - which is "up to around three cups per day" - "could have health benefits".

Coffee contains many antioxidants and phenolic compounds - the substances that play an important role in the prevention of cancer.

Denmark had the highest median daily coffee consumption numbers of a little more than 30 ounces a day for both men and women - or the equivalent of about 2.5 average cups of coffee.

"Ranging from filtered coffee, boiled coffee and espresso coffee. any type of coffee consumed seems to confer these health benefits", study author Professor Elio Riboli, head of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, told CBS News.

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Coffee addicts and enthusiasts habitually say drinking the bitter brew makes life worth living, but drinking coffee may also help them live longer, two major worldwide studies published on Monday say.

The second study looked at coffee consumption among 180,000 non-white participants over the course of about 16 years.

Drinking coffee could cut the risk of dying early, with each cup increasing lifespan by up to nine minutes a day, research suggests.

A pair of large, landmark studies published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that drinking around three to five cups of coffee per day can be part of a healthy diet and that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of death, particularly from circulatory and digestive tract diseases.

Many previous studies have acclaimed the benefits of coffee-drinking, saying the beverage gives anti-oxidants, may recover liver function and decrease inflammation.

Overall, 16% of participants reported never drinking coffee. It found that a greater consumption of coffee could lower a person's mortality risk significantly, CNN reports.

"We're not at the point where we can say with full confidence that it's protective", said Dr. Eliseo Guallar, professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Health, who co-authored an accompanying editorial.

That's not to say that coffee drinking can make you immortal, at least not yet.

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