Two new studies suggest that drinking coffee may be good for you – even decaf. The top 25 percent of the coffee drinkers from the study had three or more cuppas a day.
The study responsible for these findings was led by Veronica W. Setiawan of the University of Southern California.
It contains a number of compounds which can interact with the body, including caffeine, diterpenes and antioxidants, and the ratios of these compounds can be affected by the variety of methods used to prepare coffee. It has more than 215,000 participants. “But research on coffee have mostly shown no harm to people’s health”.
“If you like to drink coffee, drink up. If you are not a Coffee drinker, then you need to consider if you should start”.
Thus far, science has suggested coffee is not bad for you – but the studies generally involved much fewer people and usually only individuals of European Descent. Women who consumed lot of coffee were seven percent less likely to die early. Coffee-drinking was linked to a higher rate of ovarian cancer in women, for example.
The conclusion was made after considering other factors like age, physical activity of the subjects, smokers and non-smokers, and quantity of coffee taken.
In short, the studies concluded that the more coffee a member of the sample drank, the less likely they were to die earlier on in life.
The risk of death was also lower for people with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke and kidney disease.
At the end of this 16-year period, nearly 42,000 people had died from a number of causes, such as cancer, heart failure and stroke.
The first study focused on non-white populations in the US.
People who drink coffee every day may live longer than those who do not drink the hot beverage, the largest study of its kind has found. “Anton Bilchik, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and chief of gastrointestinal research at John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., tells SELF”.
The study led by Gunter likewise found a lower death risk from various ailments, including digestive, circulatory and liver disease.
In a subset of 14,000 people, the team analysed metabolic biomarkers and found coffee drinkers had healthier livers and better glucose control.
But despite the sheer scale of the study, it is by no means flawless and can not prove that coffee beans are the magic ingredient.