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New Study Suggests Coffee Drinkers Live Longer

July 11, 2017

Drinking three cups of coffee a day may help you live longer, according to a study of almost half a million people from 10 European countries.

The research, recently published in Europe, suggests that an extra cup of coffee could lengthen a person's lifespan - even if it is decaffeinated! But sceptical experts point out that it's impossible to say for sure that it is the coffee that is extending life, but rather a more healthy lifestyle in coffee drinkers.

Researchers say they have found that drinking more coffee is linked to a lower risk of death - particularly for heart diseases and diseases of the gut. They came to their conclusions after analysing data of healthy people over the age of 35 from 10 European countries. They asked them once at the beginning of the study how much coffee they tended to drink and then looked at deaths over an average of 16 years.

An American study a few years ago found that men who consume 2-3 cups of coffee each day had a 10% lower death rate than their non-coffee drinking brethren. Women that drank the same amount had a higher longevity rate: They were 13% less likely to die.

Other research also shows that consumption of about three to four cups each day is linked to a reduction in a variety of diseases including type 2 diabetes, basal cell carcinoma skin cancer, prostate cancer, oral cancer and the recurrence of breast cancer.

Animal studies have shown that caffeine which is the active substance in coffee that perks you up, might impact brain chemistry to delay the onset of dementia.

In 2012, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign discovered when lab mice are briefly starved of oxygen, they lose the ability to form memories. Half of the mice then received caffeine equivalent to a few cups of coffee. Those lucky mice bounced back 33% faster those mice that did not get caffeine.

It turns out caffeine disrupts the bad effects of adenosine, the substance in cells that usually provides energy but is damaging when cells are distressed. Adenosine might cause a biochemical reaction that leads to inflammation, and impairs brain cells. It might possibly contribute to brain damage including the process that results in dementia.

So Drink Your Coffee! And Live Longer.