|Regular coffee intake has been linked to lower risk of death in a new study published in the journal Circulation. Coffee, regular or decaffeinated, has been subject of many research projects and we have heard about both positive and negative outcomes of coffee consumption.
In a study that analyzed health records for more than 50,000 men and 200,000 women, the research team checked the amount of coffee consumed and found that people who consumed coffee on a regular basis had 5-9 percent lower risk of death compared to those who drank no coffee.
The research doesn't offer us anything new in terms of our knowledge about positive or negative outcomes of drinking coffee. The study was led by Ming Ding, a doctoral student in the Harvard School of Public Health department of nutrition.
Talking about the conclusion of the study, Ding said, "The lower risk of mortality is consistent with our hypothesis that coffee consumption could be good for you (because) we have published papers showing that coffee consumption is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes and (heart) disease."
At least some of the health benefits associated with coffee consumption are probably a direct result of the ingredients in coffee, Ding said. It contains chemicals such as lignans and chlorogenic acid that could reduce inflammation and help control blood sugar, both of which could help reduce the risk of heart disease.
A Korean study published in the journal Heart last month showed that drinking 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day (what they called "moderate consumption") was associated with less calcium build-up in the arteries. But headlines declaring that coffee "prevents heart attacks" were wrong, because the study did not find that coffee drinking confers actual benefits.
A Harvard School of Public Health review of coffee research recently found that drinking up to six cups of coffee per day was safe and did not increase the chances of dying from any particular cause, including cancer or heart disease. But closer reading of the study reveals it does not give the green light to rampant coffee consumption.
While coffee can offer some health benefits, some studies have claimed negative impact of coffee or tea consumption on our health. People should consume coffee and moderation and should adopt a healthy lifestyle for long life. Having a carefree attitude, eating healthy meals and going for regular physical activity can improve lifespan.
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