Love Your Coffee

Ruddy Adam has found another study about coffee. You must love your cup, or cups, of it.

Another Study Shows Coffee Tends to Extend the Life and Health of Those Who Drink Two to Three Cups a Day

In a study of nearly half-a-million British adults, coffee drinkers had a lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers. For about the last ten-years Life Extension Foundation has published studies showing that coffee is good for the brain, the prostate, and for overall health. A moderate amount is also a mood booster.

This recent study was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Lead author Erikka Loftfield, a researcher at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, said coffee contains more than 1,000 chemical compounds including antioxidants, which help protect cells from damage.

Other studies have suggested that substances in coffee may reduce inflammation and improve how the body uses insulin, which can reduce chances for developing diabetes. Loftfield said efforts to explain the potential longevity benefit are continuing.

The apparent longevity boost was seen with instant, ground, as well as decaffeinated coffees, results that agree with several studies in the U.S. It’s the first large study, however, to suggest a benefit even in people with genetic defects that affect how their bodies use caffeine.

Overall, coffee drinkers were about 10 percent to 15 percent less likely to die than abstainers during a decade of follow-up, which can mean a life extension of 7- to 10-years. Differences by amount of coffee consumed and genetic variations were minimal, but studies in the US have recommended a minimum of 2-cups and up to four per-day, according to a person’s size.

“It’s hard to believe that something we enjoy so much could be good for us,” one of the study’s leaders said. “Coffee makes you happy, it gives you something to look forward to in the morning,”

Caffeine can cause short-term increases in blood pressure, and some smaller studies have suggested that it might be linked with high blood pressure, especially in people with a genetic variation that causes them to metabolize caffeine slowly. If caffeine jacks you up, use decaf!

But coffee drinkers in the U.K. study didn’t have higher risks than nondrinkers of dying from heart disease and other blood pressure-related causes. And when all causes of death were combined, even slow caffeine metabolizers had a longevity boost.

As in previous studies, coffee drinkers were more likely than abstainers to drink alcohol and smoke, but the researchers took those factors into account, and coffee drinking seemed to cancel them out.

Let me reiterate something we learn from other studies. Sugar wipes out the benefits of coffee drinking. Black is best. But cream is fine, too, if one must have it.

“Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water.” Said a leader of the 18th Century “Ladies Against Coffee Drinking.” The “Prohibition of Alcohol Drinking” came out of this same group.

For our health: Ruddy Adam

Photo by Charles “Duck” Unitas on Unsplash

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