Coffee lovers unite! Good news was just revealed by the National Cancer Institute. Coffee is good for you! A research report stated that coffee drinkers — even heavy coffee drinkers — are less likely to die early compared to those who don’t consume coffee at all.
“People who drank coffee, no matter how much or what kind they drank, were less likely to die over a 10-year period than non-coffee drinkers, according to a new report.” — NBC News
Yep! It doesn’t even matter what type of coffee you drink, such as instant coffee or decaf, or what “coffee gene” you have. Your coffee-loving self will still be less likely to die compared to non-coffee drinkers.
Who Participated in the Study?
More than 500,000 individuals volunteered to participate in a long-term genetic study in the UK, called UK Biobank. The study participants gave blood and provided information on their lifestyle and health. The goal of the study centered on gene and health research.
How Did the Study Reach its Conclusion?
The National Cancer Institute took the information provided by the UK BioBank and compared coffee drinker data to non-coffee drinking data. Researchers analyzed who drank coffee, what type of coffee they drank, and how much they drank. They also assessed any differences in genes that help metabolize caffeine.
Finally, researchers evaluated death rates over the course of the 10-year study. Incredibly, even those who drank in excess of eight cups of coffee every day were less likely to die, on average, compared to non-coffee drinkers.
“This study provides further evidence that coffee drinking can be part of a healthy diet and offers reassurance to coffee drinkers.” — Journal of the American Medical Association
But, researchers also said there is no additional benefit to consuming more coffee than you usually do, because “the reduction in death rates did not get better as people drank more cups of daily coffee,” NBC News revealed.
Who Were the Coffee Drinkers in the Study?
Study volunteers were British, and the research findings also revealed:
- The British volunteers were more likely to consume instant coffee.
- Those who drank coffee (versus those who did not) were more likely to be male and white.
- The coffee drinkers were more likely to be former smokers and drink alcohol compared to non-coffee drinkers.
What Are the Health Benefits of Coffee?
In addition to helping you live longer, drinking coffee offers numerous other health benefits. Some of these benefits include the consumption of antioxidants, which helps fight DNA damage; reduction of body inflammation; protection against diseases like diabetes, liver cancer, and Parkinson’s disease.
Drinking coffee is also said to boost your metabolism, rejuvenate your cells, and increases muscle strength.
Is Drinking Coffee Dangerous?
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Consuming large amounts of caffeine can actually kill you. So, yes, drinking coffee can actually be dangerous — but only if you drink more than 20 cups of coffee at once, according to the NBC News report.
The National Cancer Institute research team is not done yet, though. They plan to continue assessing the data so they can break down important findings based on how you prepare coffee, such as pressing coffee versus filtering coffee, in an effort to determine if it makes a difference to an individual’s health.