There's good news for the 1.4 billion people worldwide that wake up and start their day off with a cup of coffee because two new studies are linking the world’s favorite hot beverage to a lower chance of dying from cancer, heart disease, a stroke, and more. Now coffee drinkers all around the world can rejoice to the suggested health benefits. We’ll drink to that!
One study surveyed more than 520,000 people in 10 European countries over the course of 16 years, making it the largest study to date on coffee and mortality, and found that drinking more coffee could significantly lower a person’s risk of mortality.
For men who drank three cups of java or more, they lowered their risk by 18 percent compared to men that didn’t while women coffee drinkers lowered their risk by 8 percent. Now, there’s more of a reason not to skip that extra cup if you need more of a boost in the morning, or when you want that extra push from the afternoon lull.
Researchers have stated that the results specified it did not matter whether or not one was enjoying an espresso, latte, or cappuccino because all offered the same health protection.
“We found that higher coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, and specifically for circulatory diseases, and digestive diseases," Dr. Marc Gunter of the International Agency for Research on Cancer said in a statement.
The second study centered around 185,000 diverse American participants, and the benefits of a cup of joe was still the same for all the ethnic groups involved.
"Seeing a similar pattern across different populations gives stronger biological backing to the argument that coffee is good for you whether you are white, African-American, Latino or Asian, " said Veronica Setiawan associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and a co-author of the research. It's nice to know that all coffee drinkers are created equal!
Both studies were published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, and get this: The relationship between the consumption of coffee and lowered risk of disease held up even for people who drank decaf. So even if you're a decaf lover, you’ll still reap the same benefits. Experts believe the antioxidant plant compounds in coffee rather than caffeine are responsible for the life-extending effect.
“We found that coffee drinkers had a reduced risk of death from heart disease, from cancer, from stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes and kidney disease," Setiawan said. "We cannot say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association.Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention.”
So go pull that espresso machine out of storage and gather up those Starbucks gift cards because your body not only needs the energy, it could use the health boost too.
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