A recent study among 500,000 people aged over 35 years from 10 European countries, has revealed that an extra cup of coffee a day could strengthen a person’s lifespan – even if it is decaffeinated.
The research was published in the journal The Annals of Internal Medicine, but some experts have said that it is impossible to say for definite that drinking coffee has a protective effect on health and a longer life.
Researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and Imperial College London say that drinking more coffee is linked to a lower risk of death – particularly for diseases of the gut and heart.
The research asked the people taking part, how much coffee that was drunk and then looked at deaths over an average of 16 years. But according to Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, from the University of Cambridge – if the estimated reductions in death were really down to coffee then drinking an extra cup of coffee every day would extend the life of men by around three months and women by around one month on average.
Therefore, although the research includes a large amount of people being studied over a long period of time – it would seem that the jury is ‘still out’ considering the results!
However, there have been many other previous studies over the years regarding coffee, caffeine and the benefits on health, which have more proven results. These include coffee reducing the chances of suffering from Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, some Cancers and Heart Disease.
We also know that a single cup of coffee contains several essential nutrients:
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