Six coffees a day could save your life

Nora Nguyen
July 5, 2018

In one study of nearly half a million people spread out across 10 European nations, researchers found that drinking three cups of coffee a day may help you live longer. For the research, the team used data from the UK Biobank study, through which a large group of UK adults completed health questionnaires, underwent physical examinations and provided biological samples.

A new study adds to growing evidence that drinking coffee may help you live longer.

In a 10-year follow-up period, around 14,000 people in the study died (the leading causes of death were cancer, cardiovascular disease and respiratory diseases).

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

The lower risk of death held true with both caffeinated and decaf coffee, leading researchers to believe the value of coffee lies in the beans.

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"Coffee drinkers, compared with non-coffee drinkers, were more likely to be male, white, former smokers, and drink alcohol", the study found.

No matter the cause of death, drinking coffee was associated with longer life expectancy for all participants, aged between 38-73 years.

As all this data shows, coffee is likely beneficial for most of us, and at the very least not harmful.

The results support the recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which states consuming three to five cups of coffee per day, or 400 milligrams per day, of caffeine is not detrimental to healthy individuals.

David Spiegelhalter, a University of Cambridge professor, estimates than an extra cup of coffee every day could extend the life of a man by around three months and a woman by around a month on average, as the BBC reported.

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The study of almost half-a-million British adults, published yesterday in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal, showed that coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers. But those studies only looked at coffee drinking after disease occurrence and did not examine overall mortality risk, as the current paper did, Loftfield said. These polymorphisms were responsible for persons being slow metabolizers of caffeine.

However, some health officials say more research should be done before you change your coffee routine.

A new study provides more good news for coffee lovers. There have been however some studies that show that regular coffee intake may not be good for health.

For more on coffee and health, visit the American Heart Association.

Due in part to these compounds, people who follow a more plant-based approach to eating have lower rates of chronic diseases, such as certain cancers, obesity, diabetes, dementia, heart disease and depression, she added.

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