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Another Cup? More Coffee Could Be Linked to Longer Life Span

Another Cup? More Coffee Could Be Linked to Longer Life Span

"We found that people who drank two to three cups per day had about a 12 percent lower risk of death compared to non-coffee drinkers", Erikka Loftfield, a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute, tells NPR.

Also a year ago, Spanish researchers reported people who drank at least four cups of coffee a day had a 64 percent lower risk of death than those who never or nearly never drank coffee.

Good news for coffee lovers-including those who indulge heavily: Yet another study has found a link between drinking coffee and a longer life.

Among the most striking findings in the study: It didn't matter whether you drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee, and it didn't matter whether you drank instant or brewed coffee.

In a 10-year follow-up period, around 14,000 people in the study died (the leading causes of death were cancer, cardiovascular disease and respiratory diseases).

In addition, the caffeine in coffee may have bad health consequences for some people, she said.

Pregnant women are still advised to limit their caffeine intake to two small cups a day, but for healthy, non-pregnant adults, drinking moderate amounts of coffee can be good.

Coffee contains more than 1,000 compounds that might explain the results, including cell-protecting antioxidants.

It used participants' own reports of how many cups of coffee they drank per day. New research, published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal, adds to the growing list of studies that highlight the benefits of drinking coffee. The authors called for future studies with more detailed data collection on coffee type and preparation to provide further insights. That inverse association was also found with decaf and instant coffee.

Coffee beans are loaded with nutrients and phytochemicals - including lignans, quinides, and magnesium - individually known as polyphenols. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily.

After 10 years of the study, results showed that non-coffee drinkers were more likely to have died than those who didn't drink coffee.

Enigma Cafe staff member Clarke Gardiner said coffee for him was "the essence of energy to wake up in the morning", drinking multiple coffees every day at work - including at night time.

Other studies have suggested that substances in coffee may reduce inflammation and improve how the body uses insulin, which can reduce the chance of developing diabetes. For the current study, the researchers analyzed information provided by about 500,000 people, who answered questions about their coffee consumption, smoking and drinking habits, health history and more.

And some of their habits and characteristics might make these British coffee-drinkers look unhealthier to start with. And when all causes of death were combined, even slow caffeine metabolizers had a longevity boost.

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