A new study has found that coffee may help you live longer. The study, which was conducted by the National Institutes of Health and the AARP, followed more than 450,000 people for a period of 10 years. The participants were aged between 50 and 71 when the study began, and they were asked about their coffee-drinking habits.
The researchers found that those who drank one cup of coffee per day were 12% less likely to die during the 10-year period than those who didn’t drink coffee. This association was even stronger for those who drank two or three cups of coffee per day, with a 18% lower risk of death. The study also found that coffee drinkers were less likely to die from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, and infections.
So, what is it about coffee that may be helping to prolong life? The researchers believe that it may be the antioxidants in coffee that are responsible. Antioxidants are substances that protect cells from damage, and they have been linked with a variety of health benefits, including a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
Of course, this study is observational, so it can’t prove that coffee is responsible for the longer life spans of the participants. However, it’s not the first study to find a link between coffee and a reduced risk of death. A large review of studies, published in 2012, found that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of death from all causes, including heart disease, cancer, and respiratory disease.
So, if you’re a coffee lover, there’s good news for you – your beloved cup of joe may help you live longer. And even if you’re not a coffee drinker, there’s no need to start drinking it for health reasons. Just enjoy it for the flavor and the pleasure it brings.