(Natural News) The secret to a long life may be your cup of joe. Studies show that regular coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of dying prematurely compared to non-drinkers.
Two studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine looked into the drinking habits of over 700,000 people in the U.S. and Europe. They aimed to investigate the link between drinking coffee and death rates. They found that people with increased coffee consumption have a reduced risk of dying prematurely compared with people who consume less coffee or do not drink at all.
Research conducted in the U.S. revealed that African Americans, Japanese Americans, Latinos, and Caucasians who consumed more than four cups of coffee daily had an 18 percent reduced risk of premature death. People who consumed only a cup a day also had a 12 percent lower risk.
Research conducted in Europe arrived at a similar conclusion. They found that people who drink more coffee throughout the day had a reduced risk of seven to 12 percent of dying prematurely. Meanwhile, people who drank java coffee had less digestive and heart-related diseases.
In both studies, they found that caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee have similar effects, which means the life-extending benefit of drinking coffee is not attributed to caffeine. Coffee contains compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies suggest that these compounds are responsible for most health benefits found in coffee.
Aside from reducing the risk of premature death, coffee is known for a lot of other health benefits. (Related: Drinking Coffee Reduces Risk of Stroke, Cancer and Dementia.)
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Many other factors can prolong your life, but you can start with a steaming cup of coffee. For more information about coffee and its life-extending benefits, visit Food.news.