Drinking Coffee Linked to Longer, Healthier Lives

April 5, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Not only will coffee keep you lively on a Monday morning but the drink may also help you live longer. Several massive studies have now shown that the people who drink the most coffee have a reduced risk for many diseases resulting in longer, healthier lives for those drinkers.

Coffee is a Major Source of Antioxidants

Coffee is filled with an abundance of antioxidants that protect our bodies from oxidation, which involves free radicals that damage molecules in the body.

Oxidation is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind aging and common diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Coffee, believe it or not, happens to be the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western diet, outranking both fruits and vegetables… COMBINED.

Numbers Don’t Lie

There are several studies showing that when people drink coffee, they have a lower risk of dying from a range of serious diseases.

A groundbreaking study, the largest of its kind, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012.

Let us break it down for you –

  • Over 400K individuals between the ages of 50 and 71 were questioned on their coffee consumption.
  • These individuals were followed for 12+ years. The results were fairly remarkable… the more coffee people drank, the lower their risk of death was.
  • The sweet spot seems to be at 4-5 cups per day, where men had a 12% reduced risk and women a 16% reduced risk. Drinking 6 or more cups per day provided no additional benefit.
  • However, even moderate consumption of coffee (1 cup per day) was associated with a 5-6% reduction in risk of death, showing that even a little bit is enough to have an effect.
  • Coffee drinkers were less likely to die from infections, injuries and accidents, respiratory disease, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
  • The benefit does not appear to be attributable to the caffeine, because both decaf and regular coffee had the same effect.

Of course, this is a so-called observational study, which can not prove that coffee caused the reduction in risk. But it is a good reassurance that coffee is, at the very least, NOT the villain it has been made out to be.

There are also studies from Harvard showing that coffee may make you happier, reducing the risk of depression by by 20% and the risk of suicide by 53%.

Coffee is Super Healthy

Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink, which actually contains a decent amount of vitamins and minerals including Vitamins B5 and B2 plus Potassium and Maganese.

Caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning.

Several studies show that caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11%.

Other studies show that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat, by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people.

Bottom line: Drink coffee, live a longer, healthier life.