Research has found that drinking coffee can help you live longer

Caffeine lovers rejoice, your morning coffee with milk could add a few more years to your life.

A new study of half a million Britons found that those who drank a cup of coffee a day or more had a lower risk of premature death.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association , found that people who drank one cup a day had a 6% lower risk of premature death, while those who drank six cups had 16% less.

The study authors say that this makes coffee part of a healthy diet.

The study

UK Biobank is a UK- based study that researches the health and well-being of 500,000 volunteer participants, and provides data to approved researchers from academia and industry in the UK and abroad. 

Researchers from several institutions, including the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, studied the amount of coffee people drank, the frequency and type (including decaffeination), alcohol consumption, education and activity. physical, and if they smoked.

After taking into account the factors that would be harmful to health, such as smoking and alcohol, they discovered that people who did not drink coffee died at an earlier age than those who did drink. They were also less likely to die of cancer and heart disease, among others.

Also, it did not matter what type of coffee they would drink: instant or ground, natural or decaffeinated.

Other studies agree

Another study carried out last year reached similar conclusions .

When the International Agency for Research on Cancer and Imperial College London studied almost half a million people in 10 European countries, they found that higher levels of coffee consumption were associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, particularly circulatory and gastrointestinal diseases.

It has also been shown that coffee plays an important role in protecting against liver cancer, but only the variety with caffeine, according to a study conducted at the University of Southampton .

Drinking one more cup of coffee with caffeine per day was associated with a 20% reduction in the risk of cancer; two more cups, with a reduction of 35% and up to five cups, with a risk reduction in half.

Magic in a cup?

What makes coffee achieve this effect? 

The researchers point out that coffee has a lot of beneficial ingredients. The roasted grain is a complex mixture of more than 1000 bioactive compounds, some with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory or potentially therapeutic anticancer effects. 

Last year, a large study that reviewed more than 200 existing studies on the effects of coffee, concluded that the greatest benefit came from drinking three to four cups

However, he also concluded that it could be harmful in pregnancy. The high consumption was related to low birth weight and premature births. 

There was also an association between women who drank coffee and a higher probability of suffering a bone fracture. 

Last year, a US court ruled that coffee companies in California should carry warning labels about cancer risk, because soils contain a potentially toxic compound called acrylamide, which is produced during the roasting process. 

None of the studies can show that coffee is the reason for a lower risk of premature death, but they do show a link.

The authors of the large study concluded that coffee was “generally safe” within the “usual levels” of intake, and that “robust randomized controlled trials are needed to understand if the associations observed are causal.”

Consumption of coffee around the world

Northern Europeans are the most dependent on their morning caffeine, according to Euromonitor. The Finns consume the largest amount of coffee in the world, followed by the Swedes and the Dutch. Brazil is the fifth largest consumer of coffee and the country that exports the most .

Source: es.weforum

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