Great news for coffee lovers. Coffee drinkers may live longer according to a new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
For a 10 year period, researchers followed nearly 500,000 adults in the United Kingdom and found that more coffee appears to be better. Here is what the study found:
COFFEE CONSUMPTION BENEFITS:
- 6% LOWER RISK OF PREMATURE DEATH BASED ON 1 CUP/DAY.
- 14% LOWER RISK OF PREMATURE DEATH BASED ON 8 OR MORE CUPS/DAY.
The benefits were true for both decaffeinated and caffeinated coffee. Thus it isn’t the caffeine from the coffee that generates the benefit, but its the coffee bean itself. Other compounds in the coffee bean that could be beneficial, include the following:
Polyphenols, antioxidants and magnesium all work together to reduce insulin resistance and to reduce inflammation.
Before you go bottoms up with coffee, keep in mind that caffeine can have adverse side effects in certain individuals. Side effects include elevations in blood pressure, rapid heartbeats, indigestion and insomnia. Also, keep in mind that any potential positive benefit from coffee can be negated by adding too much sugar or cream. Excess sugars and cream increase your caloric intake and this can pack on the pounds around your waistline.
For coffee lovers this study is overall very positive. This study suggests that coffee can be part of a healthy diet, but keep in mind there are many variables such as weight, diet, illness and level of activity that can impact your overall mortality.