It’s one of life’s pleasures, and an essential ingredient to many peoples daily routines. Some freshly brewed studies are revealing that there are specific links between coffee and various health benefits, even if you drink a lot of it.
These recent studies made extra effort to improve on previous studies and look at other links and causes; using strong methodology to enable effective results from the research groups.
And it’s been found that the benefits of coffee don’t come from the caffeine, but from the coffee itself, meaning those decaf lovers won’t miss out on any health benefits.
One study on over 520,000 people concluded that “Coffee drinking was associated with reduced risk for death from various causes.” It was carried out over 16 years across 10 different European countries – and confirmed that the relationship between coffee and reduced risk of death did not vary by country.
A broader study performed in Hawaii and California collected data on over 185,000 African Americans, Native Hawaiians, Japanese Americans, Latinos, and whites aged 45 to 75 years. They concluded: “Compared with drinking no coffee, coffee consumption was associated with lower total mortality after adjustment for smoking and other potential influences”.
Using data from the UK Biobank, another study linked regular coffee consumption with a reduced risk of all-cause mortality. It looked at 502,641 individuals from the UK, including participants who drink from 1 up to 8 or more cups per day.
These findings prove that coffee can be part of a healthy diet, something that’s more important than ever before.
It’s reassuring to see these sorts of links being made, as new studies come along and research improves – giving us more information on long term effects of the foods and drinks we consume every day.
As always, getting the balance right between the things we eat and drink is essential for a healthy lifestyle, however it’s always good to know that Monday morning coffee could be helping us live longer.