Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

However, the researchers stressed that the study only found an association with coffee and longevity and didn't prove that coffee leads to a longer life.

Other studies show that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat by as much as 10 percent in obese individuals and 29 percent in lean people.

Even the heaviest coffee drinkers are less likely to die early than people who don't drink coffee, new research finds.

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.

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.

"If somebody enjoys drinking coffee, they may continue to enjoy it based on these findings".

Coffee has always been linked with combating heart disease, cancer, dementia, diabetes and depression.

'Coffee drinking was inversely associated with mortality, including among those drinking eight or more cups per day, ' said Dr Loftfield. About one-third of those surveyed said they drank between two and three cups of coffee each day, and 10,000 of them drank eight or more cups each day. More than half a million people volunteered to give blood and answer detailed health and lifestyle questions for ongoing research into genes and health.

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The FDA has suggested that Americans consume no more than 400mg of caffeine, or four cups of coffee, per day.

"It doesn't even really explain why or how, you don't know whether it's the caffeine or things people put in the coffee".

On the basis of this study, some people who were holding back on coffee because of lingering health concerns may want to drink a little more if they want to, professor Lichstenstein says.

"Coffee drinkers, compared with non-coffee drinkers, were more likely to be male, white, former smokers, and drink alcohol", the study found. However, earlier studies focused primarily on health risks after the presence of such diseases were found.

'These findings suggest the importance of non-caffeine constituents in the coffee-mortality association and provide further reassurance that coffee drinking can be a part of a healthy diet'.

But previous studies conducted in the US, Europe and Asia have found a consistent link between coffee drinking and reduced deaths from all causes including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease and liver, bowel and womb cancer.

The research team plans to break down the Biobank data by coffee preparation type - pressed coffee, versus filtered coffee, for example, to see if that makes any difference to health.

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