Coffee drinkers live longer – it is now a proven fact, and I am one seriously happy person thanks to that information – so much so – I will first have to make myself a cup of coffee before I continue this blog post!
This fantastic bit of information was released July 2107. According to two large-scale studies that followed extensive research indicating that coffee consumption was associated with better health.
The studies looked at the health histories of hundreds of thousands of people who they tracked over many years.
They found that people of all ethnicities were positively affected by coffee drinking – be it caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee – the results were the same. Coffee reduced the risk of various diseases, and the more coffee consumed the greater the benefit.
So far they are only observational studies and not controlled clinical trials, so they have not studied the cause and effect side of it. They do not know what it is in coffee that is so good for you. They just know that it definitely is not bad for you as originally stated.
It is obvious though – that adding a heaped teaspoon or two of sugar or artificial sweeteners to your cup of coffee is definitely not going to benefit your health!
Both of the studies were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
They asked all of the participants whether they drank coffee, and if so, how much.
Participants were also asked about a variety of habits that could influence their health, such as smoking, exercise and heart disease.
The outcome was that 1 cup of coffee a day could decrease the risk of death from heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease by 12 percent. Drink 3 cups and you have an 18 percent lower risk.
One of the studies was led by Veronica W. Setiawan of the University of Southern California.
Funded by the National Cancer Institute, it examined coffee-drinking habits among more than 180,000 whites, African-Americans, Latinos, Japanese-Americans and native Hawaiians.
All of these people were followed for an average of 16 years.
The other study was performed by European scientists from the Imperial College London alongside the International Agency for Research on Cancer, led by Marc J. Gunter of the IARC.
It examined coffee-drinking habits from more than 520,000 adults from 10 European countries.
The study led by Gunter likewise found a lower death risk from various ailments, including digestive, circulatory and liver disease.
The relationship was the same regardless of country, the study found. It was funded by the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and International Agency for Research on Cancer.
“The studies make a significant contribution to knowledge about coffee and health”, said Peter Adams, professor of the Tumour Initiation and Maintenance Program at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.
Peter Adams is keen to take the research further to find out it actually works.
However, recent studies have challenged the view that anti-oxidants are always beneficial. Oxidants may not cause aging as previously thought, and anti-oxidants can even help cancer cells to survive!
The only negative health effects the review found were among pregnant women. Pregnant women who drank more coffee tended to have higher rates of miscarriage, more premature births and more babies born with low birthweight than women who drank less coffee, the study found.
Coffee is most renowned for its stimulant effect, provided by caffeine. However, individuals respond differently based on their genetics. Some people are metabolically fast at breaking down caffeine, others metabolize it more slowly.
For those who metabolize it slowly, it can keep you awake when consumed later in the day.
To make the best out of your cup of coffee, drink it black and organic. If you must add milk, soy or almond milk to your coffee ensure it again is organic and not loaded with fillers or sugar.
For those sensitive to caffeine – the health results were just as good when the consumer drank decaffeinated coffee – so you can still reap the benefits!
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