Want to Live Longer? Try Drinking More Coffee, Says Science

Want to Live Longer? Try Drinking More Coffee, Says Science

Want to Live Longer? Try Drinking More Coffee, Says Science

"We felt this analysis would capture some of [the] variation in coffee preparation methods and drinking habits", said Gunter.

Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Southern California said the protective effect of coffee was biologically plausible as the drink contains antioxidants and compounds which combat insulin resistance, lower inflammation and improve liver function.

Two new studies - one in the United States, one in the UK - have found that drinking three cups of coffee a day can lengthen your life.

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.

While previous studies only suggested that coffee might not be bad for your health, but that research involved significantly fewer participants, most of which were white European descendants.

Despite the positive results, there were also cases of increased risk for coffee drinkers: According to the study, women who drank more coffee also had an increased risk of ovarian cancer, even though one or both sexes had lower mortality rates for other cancers, like liver and lung.

The people who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die as compared to those who didn't drink coffee. Those who drank two or three cups per day saw an 18 per cent reduced risk of death.

Veronica W. Setiawan, lead author of the study and an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC commented that lower mortality was present regardless of whether people drank regular or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine. It might actually be so good for you that it is actually extending your life by reducing risks from heart disease and even cancer.

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"Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention", USA study leader Dr. Veronica Setiawan added.

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 global studies published on Monday say.

After lifestyle factors were accounted for the researchers found that those that consumed the most coffee had a lower risk for all causes of death.

Coffee is no miracle cure, sad to say.

Dr Gunter added: 'We are not at the stage of recommending people to drink more or less coffee.

However, he also raised doubts about drawing conclusions on cause and effect from the data presented in the research, because people who are sick may drink less coffee. According to experts, it is not clear whether the lowered risk of death is due to the coffee itself or some other reasons like healthy behavior of the participants.

The average period of observation was 16 years. A steaming cup in the morning can help you face the day, a sweating glass of iced coffee will perk you up in the afternoon heat, and a warm mug after dinner helps settle your meal.

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