Can't imagine a day without coffee? Forget the scolding looks of your friends and family – drinking lots of coffee actually helps you live longer. Science now confirms once and for all.
A recent large-scale study brings results that are not just groundbreaking, but also stunning and unexpected for most. It turns out that people who regularly consume coffee are less likely to die over 10 years than those who do not drink coffee. Read on and rejoice (with a good, hot brew in hand).
The study is based on half a million people (so it would be hard for sceptics to disprove!). According to the research, which was first published in JAMA and by now reproduced in a range of scientific outlets, the team of researchers analyzed data on about 500,000 people from the UK Biobank cohort.
Study participants replied to questions about their coffee intake, as well as their smoking and drinking habits and health history, over a ten-year period. The scope of the study, which controlled for various other potentially relevant factors, is enough to make it fully scientifically credible and hard to challenge.
In brief: No limits
Despite the popular advice, there seems to be no too much when coffee is concerned, as no limitations are found in the study. Whether you drink one cup per day or five cups, your lifespan is likely to be longer compared to non-drinkers. Whether you drink instant coffee or the fancy hipster Columbia ground from your local free trade provider, the effect is the same. Even if you've switched to decaf, it all works the same!
A bit better for men, for good news for ladies as well
In men, the findings show a striking 12% reduced risk of death from cancer, as well as from cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive conditions – all the major killers in our times. Women are found to have a 7% reduced risk, which is pretty hard to ignore as well (But note: Pregnant women should not have more than 2 mugs per day, and the researchers are quick to point that out).
Other similar studies confirm the effect. A major 2017 study demonstrated that our beloved brew could protect from a spectrum of age-related inflammations. A study from the same year showed a correlation between coffee consumption and improved athletic performance. Evidence has also been gathered as to the reduced risk of diabetes for coffee drinkers.
What does this really mean?
What is becoming clear from the research is that coffee consumption can be a part of a regular healthy diet. Of course, many factors determine your well-being and coffee is by no means a 'cure.' Integrating coffee consumption in a well-planned diet is more likely to make it beneficial.
Still, it's safe to say that coffee is your body's friend rather than an enemy. So, feel free to indulge in that extra cup, and remember that it's merely adding flavor, and years, to your life!