Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

Ebony Scott
July 6, 2018

The study did not clarify the reasoning why coffee consumption could extend lifespans, however, researchers believe it may have to do with antioxidants.

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.

That decaf coffee was associated with longevity "suggest [s] that the many other compounds in coffee, besides caffeine, may be responsible", Loftfield told Live Science.

Among the most striking findings in the study: It didn't matter whether you drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee, and it didn't matter whether you drank instant or brewed coffee. They too showed a beneficial effect when they drank coffee regularly. We all metabolise coffee at different rates, which alters our sensitivity to it, but the data showed that this had no effect on the link between drinking coffee and a longer life.

"Our study provides further evidence that coffee drinking can be part of a healthy diet and offers reassurance to coffee drinkers", Loftfield said.

Alice Lichenstein, a Tufts University nutrition researcher not linked to the study agrees, saying coffee has had negative health connotations which partially come from early literature suggesting coffee is not healthy for people. "I just know that it has a bad rap", Mr Gardiner said.

The study reported Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Internal Medicine and it involves around half-million people in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Other studies have found that coffee may help fight inflammation and affect how the body uses insulin, possibly reducing the chance of diabetes. Similar results were found for the aforementioned controls.

"Teas also have health benefits, so if you do not drink coffee, tea is a great alternative", Heller said.

But for Taylor, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

So go on, drink another cup, guilt-free.

In the 10 years of follow-up, more than 14,000 people died.

Participants filled out questionnaires about daily coffee consumption, exercise and other habits, and received physical exams including blood tests.

Most were coffee drinkers, nearly one-third or 154,000 people drank two to three cups daily and 10,000 drank at least eight cups daily.

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