Coffee may lead to longer life, study says

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People who drank six to seven cups were 16% less likely to die, and people who drank eight or more cups were about 14% less likely to die. "These results provide further evidence that coffee drinking can be part of a healthy diet and may provide reassurance to those who drink coffee and enjoy it". Firstly, the study involved a half a million people from the UK Biobank, a 10-year population-based study that ran from 2006 to 2016.

From a consumer perspective, it's a win-win for coffee drinkers, even for those who may prefer decaf for all or part of the day due to caffeine sensitivity.

Amla is loaded with vitamin C that is known to build your body's defence mechanisms against diseases and infections. But overall, "coffee drinkers were about 10 percent to 15 percent less likely to die than abstainers during a decade of follow-up", according to an Associated Press report on the study.

In a research study of almost 500,000 adults in Britain, those who consumed instant, ground and decaf coffee - even as much as 8 cups daily - had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than those who did not. Go ahead - it might boost your chances for a longer life.

Also backing up this study's claims are previous studies - like the 2017 research covering more than 700,000 people that also found a link between coffee and a longer life.

"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", said National Cancer Institute research fellow and study leader Erikka Loftfield. However the association with a lower risk of death was observed both for slow and fast metabolisers of caffeine.

But not only was this a very large study that demonstrated significant findings, it's one of many studies that indicate coffee may be beneficial for health.

"There are compounds in caffeine and coffee beans - polyphenols, antioxidants, magnesium - [and] this reduces inflammation, it lowers insulin resistance", ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton said Tuesday on "Good Morning America". Simply drinking coffee isn't necessarily a health panacea.

Past studies have indicated an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson's and cancers of the liver, bowel, colon and endometrium. Coffee drinking was inversely associated with all-cause mortality, that is more coffee a person drank less were the risks of that person dying.

So is all of the glowing research around coffee consumption scientifically sound, or yet another case of over-hyped public health reporting lacking nuance?

This study also looked at another question scientists have been asking: how genetics affects coffee consumption.

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