Previous studies demonstrated that just a cup of coffee could give the human body several antitoxins and antioxidants, beneficial for a person’s day-to-day. Today, the world meets with even better news, especially for those coffee-lovers. According to a new study, individuals who drink coffee seem to have higher chances to live longer than those who don’t drink any of it at all.

The study was presented at the Wednesday European Society of Cardiology conference, by Spanish researchers. They showed an association between diets based on high doses of coffee and a healthy life.

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“Coffee is loaded with antioxidants,” said Joe DeRupo, a spokesman for the National Coffee Association. “Many are naturally occurring antioxidants found in the coffee bean, while others are created during the roasting process. It’s these compounds that science links with positive effects in reducing the risk of several diseases.”

Around 20,000 individuals of the SUN Project, whose average age at enrollment was 37.7 years old, participated in this study to determine whether coffee was as good as some researchers said before, or not. The results seemed even to impress the scientists who performed the study equally as coffee-fans.

Before the researchers started studying the group of people, the participants first completed a questionnaire to collect and specify relevant information about food and coffee consumption, lifestyle and sociodemographic characteristics, anthropometric measurements, and previous health conditions.

Benefits coming from drinking coffee

From the total amount of people studied, those who usually drank around 4 cups of coffee per day had a 64 percent lower risk of early death, compared to those who never or rarely consumed coffee. In fact, the study suggested that drinking coffee might work better in elder people: those whose ages were up to 45 showed a more-significant reduction in risks than other people under that age.

This finding comes after other previous researches that showed how people could live longer whether they consumed decaf or regular coffee, and how it could also reduce the risk of many diseases – including type 2 diabetes, liver disease, colorectal cancer, Alzheimer’s and skin cancer, too.

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Associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, V. Wendy Setiawan, (who also is the lead author of one of the recent researches on coffee consumption and longevity) considers that some of the compounds found in just one cup of coffee “have been related to better insulin sensitivity, liver function, and reduced chronic inflammation.”

However, not all people should drink coffee equally. This depends on each person, mostly on its state of health. Pregnant women or hyperkinetic people, for example, should be careful with the levels coffee intake

“Current evidence suggests that consuming moderate amounts of caffeine up to 200 mg per day, the amount in a 12-ounce cup of coffee, is not associated with increased risks for miscarriage or preterm birth,” told the chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Obstetric Practice, Dr. Joseph Wax, to CNN. “However, data are contradictory regarding these pregnancy outcomes when women consume more than 200 mg per day of caffeine.” Additionally, “there is insufficient evidence to draw any conclusion regarding the effects of caffeine on fetal growth.”

Source: Science Daily