Whether it’s caffeinated or decaffeinated, scientists have found that people who drink coffee appear to live longer.
People who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 per cent less likely to die earlier than those who didn’t drink coffee at all.
This association was even stronger for those who drank two to three cups a day with an 18 per cent reduced chance of early death.
A lower mortality risk was present regardless of whether people drank regular or decaffeinated coffee.
This suggests the link is not tied to caffeine, says Veronica W. Setiawan, lead author of the study and an associate professor of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
“We cannot say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association,” says Setiawan. “If you like to drink coffee, drink up! If you’re not a coffee drinker, then you need to consider if you should start.”
Benefits of drinking coffee
Previous research has indicated that drinking coffee is associated with reduced risk of several types of cancer, diabetes, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease and other chronic diseases.
“Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention,” says Setiawan. “Although this study does not show causation or point to what chemicals in coffee may have this ‘elixir effect,’ it is clear that coffee can be incorporated into a healthy diet and lifestyle.”
Source: University of Southern California via www.sciencedaily.com