Coffee: Drink More, Live Longer?

This is a guest post by Amy Chokshi. 

Drinking your coffee during the morning can do more wonders than giving you that quick jolt of energy. A study conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH)has found out that those who regularly drink coffee actually have a lower risk of death as compared to those who do not. This even included those that drink decaf.

a good cup of coffee

Despite the fact that coffee contains the stimulant caffeine, which takes this drink off the healthy lifestyle list, coffee is teeming with antioxidants and bioactive compounds that offer many health benefits for the body.

There have been many studies that looked into coffee consumption and causes of death but they yielded somewhat contradictory results. There have been concerns that drinking coffee can increase the risk of death, but this study has shown evidence that this is not the case..

The researchers in this study looked into coffee consumption of men and women aged 50 to 71 years old, starting in 1995 when this study started up until the death of the participants or the completion of the study in 2008. The participants were classified into coffee consumption categories, along with whether they drink regular or decaf.

When compared to those that do not consume coffee, those who drink at least 3 cups a day have shown a 10 percent lowered risk of death. Men who consumed 6 or more cups had 10 percent lowered risk of death compared to those who did not while women who drink 6 or more cups showed a 15 percent lowered risk.

It was also found out that coffee drinkers are those that are more likely to consume red meat and alcohol and smoke cigarettes. But when researchers made the necessary adjustments, they have found out that consuming coffee is actually inversely related to death. Those who drink coffee are less likely to die from respiratory disease, heart diseases, accidents, stroke, infections, and diabetes.

Coffee drinking was not associated with cancer mortality among women, but there was a slight and only marginally statistically significant association of heavier coffee intake with increased risk of cancer death among men.

It was noted that the study was purely observational; making it difficult to conclude that drinking coffee does actually reduce death risk. Because of this, more studies are required to determine if this trend will remain constant in other populations. However, the researchers speculate that there really is a clear relationship between decreased death risk and coffee drinking. They attribute this to the many compounds found in coffee, especially those that are related to insulin resistance and inflammation.

The team recommended that more analysis be made on the compounds that are found in coffee to determine how they work. The way that coffee is prepared and drank should also be looked into, considering the numerous kinds of coffee available today in the various coffee shops that are sprouting like mushrooms in cities and metropolises.

On the other hand, the researchers are telling those people that do not drink coffee not to panic. They wrote that there are still so many more things that need to be looked into about coffee. What is needed is a clear definition of the various compounds in coffee and their effects on different groups of people.

Author Bio: Amy Chokshi is a food researcher and expert. She spends her time scouring through the internet to look for new information and studies that are related to longevity and vitality. She also lends a hand in the office administration and blogging activities of Center Networks, who also deal with hostgator web hosting.

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