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Drinking Coffee Cuts Your Risk of Dying by 16 Percent, Study Says

Drinking Coffee Cuts Your Risk of Dying by 16 Percent, Study Says”

Researchers Erikka Loftfield, Marilyn C. Cornelis and Neil Caporaso used data collected over a decade from around half a million British volunteers.

As a part of the Biobank study, people were asked how many cups of coffee they drank daily, including decaf.

The researchers found that the more cups of coffee people drank, the less likely they were to die during the study period.

Due in part to these compounds, people who follow a more plant-based approach to eating have lower rates of chronic diseases, such as certain cancers, obesity, diabetes, dementia, heart disease and depression, she added. Drinking filter coffee instead of espresso increases polyphenols and removes substances that contribute to "bad" low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

"We know that some people metabolize caffeine quite slowly and are less tolerant of the apparent physical affects of caffeine, which of course comes from many sources other than coffee".

David Spiegelhalter, a University of Cambridge professor, estimates than an extra cup of coffee every day could extend the life of a man by around three months and a woman by around a month on average, as the BBC reported.

Context like the general recommendation from experts to stick to 400 mg of caffeine per day (about four cups of coffee) - too much of the stuff tends to lead to problems like insomnia or heartburn.

However, despite the findings, the researchers are warning people not to significantly increase their coffee intake in a freaky quest for eternal life.

"It's hard to believe that something we enjoy so much could be good for us". A 2014 study found that there was zero evidence of dehydration with moderate daily coffee intake. This adds to a significant body of research indicating that coffee has positive effects on the heart, liver, brain, and more.

In other words while coffee drinking has some benefits especially in dealing with non-communicable diseases, your genes decide how well you metabolise caffeine.

As all this data shows, coffee is likely beneficial for most of us, and at the very least not harmful.

Mechanisms to explain the protective effect of coffee consumption include reduced inflammation, improved insulin sensitivity, and effects on liver enzyme levels and endothelial function, according to the study. So the next time someone says they're trying to limit their coffee consumption, you can tell them not to worry about it.

The researchers (who, by the way, are federal scientists, not from anything like the Starbucks Institute for Coffee Research) say there is data on diet about some of the study participants that could be mined to parse apart the difference between people who have, say, cappuccinos or lattes or espressos. And when all causes of death were combined, even slow caffeine metabolizers had a longevity boost.

The study covered almost half a million people.

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