Coffee is reported to be “one of the most widely consumed beverages worldwide” with many unable to contemplate a morning without it. When looking further into the health benefits of coffee, it’s easy to see why it’s not only widely consumed but also one of the healthiest in boosting longevity and reducing the risk of serious diseases. How?
The benefits of coffee on longevity are most likely due to polyphenols which are chemicals that occur naturally in plants.
Polyphenols protect plants against harm from damage caused by UV light from the sun and also free radicals which are molecules that result from the breakdown of oxygen in the plant.
Countless research articles have shown that polyphenols protect against inflammation in the body. This can cause, or be triggered, by conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
In a study published in Jama Network, the association of coffee drinking with mortality was analysed.
The study analysed data from about half a million British adults who drank coffee.
It was found that the coffee drinkers, even those who were drinking decaf, were less likely to die from a range of diseases during the 10-year study period.
In another study published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, coffee consumption and mortality from cardiovascular diseases and total mortality was further investigated.
The study noted: “Altogether, 508,747 men and women aged 20–79 participating in Norwegian cardiovascular surveys were followed for an average of 20 years with respect to cause-specific death.
“Observational epidemiological studies assessing the association between coffee consumption and IHD mortality display an array of results.”
The study found that filtered coffee was much better for health than unfiltered coffee.
Further evidence of coffee’s longevity boosting prowess came from another study from Brigham Young University.
The researchers found coffee drinkers had longer telomeres, the protective ends of each chromosome.
The longer the telomeres, the better protected our DNA is from damage.
Health experts have also found that regular coffee intake is linked to a lower risk of depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, and liver diseases.