Do Coffee Drinkers Live Longer?
Recent research has shown that folks who drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee per day actually live longer than those who do not. A paper published in the JAMA Internal Medicine revealed that coffee drinkers who enjoy 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day have a 12% lower risk of dying early than those who do not consume coffee at all. This is great news for coffee drinkers everywhere!
This research followed around 5 million people from the ages of 38 to 73 for several years and found that this lower risk of early death was also true for those who consume decaffeinated coffee and folks who metabolize caffeine slowly. This lower risk of dying early is thanks to the benefits of the coffee bean and not caffeine. Coffee beans contain useful vitamins and minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and potassium.
In addition, it contains antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid which is useful in aiding weight loss and lowering high blood pressure. Research has also shown that drinking at least one cup of coffee per day can even decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 diabetes. This means that the general public is safely able to drink beverages containing caffeine as the phytochemicals and nutrients contained in drinks like coffee combine to have great health benefits. Coffee can, therefore, be included as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
However, this does not mean that you can go overboard and drink many cups of coffee per day! A maximum of 400 mg of caffeine in a day should be a safe quantity for most healthy adults. 400 mg translates to roughly the same amount of caffeine that is contained in 4 cups of filter coffee, 2 energy shot drinks or 10 cans of caffeine-containing soda.