Regular Coffee Drinkers ‘Enjoy Lower Mortality Rates’
If you want to avoid the risk of an early death, you might want to start drinking four cups of coffee a day. Why? Because new research from Hospital de Navarra in Spain has just revealed that regular coffee drinkers have mortality rates nearly two-thirds lower than those who don’t.
The study followed 19,986 people over an average time frame of ten years, with all participants providing information on their health history, lifestyle and dietary habits, including coffee consumption, the Independent reports. Approximately one in 60 study participants died during the decade, with those regular coffee drinkers seeing the lowest death rates.
Dr Adela Navarro, lead author of the research, was quoted by the news source as saying: “I would advise drink plenty of coffee, it could be good for your heart. I think it’s a good idea to have about four cups a day. I think it’s the polyphenols (a form of antioxidant), they have an anti-inflammatory effect.”
A similar study was recently published by Imperial College London and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It was found that those who drink around three cups of coffee a day could live longer than those who never drink it. Higher levels of coffee consumption were associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes, but specifically circulatory and digestive tract conditions.
And it’s not just regular coffee that could be good for your health – decaffeinated drinks were also found to have similar benefits, although it was suggested that this could be down to the fact that decaf drinkers could also have been drinkers of caffeinated coffee as well during their lives.
There does seem to be quite a large school of thought out there that coffee does have wide-ranging health benefits. Further studies, this time from the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, found that if you drink between three and five cups a day you’re less likely to die prematurely from diseases such as Parkinson’s and diabetes.
Interestingly, it’s not just health that can be boosted by coffee either. Research released last year in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that if you have a brew after exercising you have about 66 per cent more muscle glycogen than those who don’t – so it could really help you refuel after you’ve hit the gym.
It could also enhance endurance performance by increasing the amount of adrenaline released into the blood, which will then stimulate the release of free fatty acids from fat tissue and skeletal muscle. This will then be used early on in your exercise regime and will mean you’ll use less glycogen.
However, it’s also worth noting the comments from the British Heart Foundation regarding studies that suggest drinking coffee could extend your life significantly. The organisation noted that it’s better to minimise your risks of an early death by focusing on a healthy lifestyle, staying active, not smoking and eating a balanced diet.
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