Coffee could boost your chances of a longer life, study finds

Coffee could boost your chances of a longer life, study finds

Conducted over a decade, the study found that coffee drinkers lived longer on average than those who abstained - whether they drank instant, ground, or decaf.

"It doesn't even really explain why or how, you don't know whether it's the caffeine or things people put in the coffee".

A new study shows that people who drink coffee, even those who drink eight or more cups a day, are less likely to die early than non-coffee drinkers.

"During the next decade, 14,225 participants died, mostly of cancer or heart disease", the AP reported.

Walter Willett from the Harvard School of Public Health reveals in 2015 that the coffee bean is actually packed with nutrients and phyto-chemicals such as lignans, quinides, and magnesium.

Coffee lovers around the world are enjoying their cup of brew a little bit more today.

But in the new study, the researchers found no link between having these variations and a person's risk of death over the study period.

We've guzzled down similar findings before: Just last summer, two separate studies delivered similar good news about coffee and mortality.

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Nonetheless, Loftfield's study joins a large group that have found health benefits associated with coffee.

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. "But when the data were looked at more carefully, and more factors were controlled for, and more contemporary methods of producing the coffee and consuming the coffee were taken into consideration, it seems not only were those potential negative effects not corroborated, but it turns out that a lot of positive effects of coffee were identified". And it also doesn't matter what version of the "coffee gene" people have.

The study looked at almost 500,000 adults in the United Kingdom over the course of 10 years.

The second main way in which the study builds upon past research is that it took into account mortality incidence with respect to genetic differences in participants' metabolizing of caffeine.

No doubt more coffee studies will be along in the very near future. "But if they don't drink coffee, these findings don't say to start drinking it", Loftfield said.

It might reduce inflammation in the body, improve how insulin gets used, it might help liver function and it might benefit the linings of the blood vessels. But she says the results reinforce previous research and add additional reassurance for coffee drinkers.

Some people have a gene that metabolises caffeine particularly fast - about four times faster than those with the slow variant of the gene.

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