Is there anything better than the smell of fresh coffee beans? Even people who don’t drink coffee comment on how great the coffee beans we are buying smell: “I don’t even like coffee, but these are the best smelling coffee beans ever!” This comment is made in reference to the Zavida Hazelnut Whole Bean Coffee we buy at Costco. It does smell great!
And then when we get those beans home and grind them in the coffee maker to prepare a fresh pot of coffee…there is no better aroma than a pot of coffee brewing with fresh ground coffee beans!
I have even better news for you, if you are a coffee lover. It seems that there is some recent scientific evidence that coffee is actually good for you. In fact, drinking coffee may extend your life.
Let’s get started!
Does Drinking Coffee Make You Live Longer?
For a long time, coffee was the bad drink. There seemed to be stories in the news and in print that told us how bad coffee is for us. Coffee is a diuretic, we were told. If we drink too much, we will become dehydrated. Coffee may raise your blood pressure. Caffeine may cause insomnia, or incontinence. So many bad things to say about coffee.
Well, I have some good news. As research has continued into the effects of coffee on the human body, and the research has become more robust and controlled, the news isn’t all bad after all.
Like everything, there is a limit, and coffee is no different. I have said it before and I’ll say it again – everything in moderation. That goes for coffee as well.
More on that in a minute.
Can drinking coffee really extend your life? There are two studies that I would like to call to your attention. The first study, published in August 2018 in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal, shows that there is an inverse relationship between coffee drinking and all-cause mortality for those who drank between one and eight or more cups of coffee per day. This means that coffee can be a part of a healthy diet, and may in fact decrease your risk of mortality by as much as 12% compared to non-coffee drinkers.
The next study, the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, had similar positive conclusion about the link between coffee drinking and longevity. When the study was first conducted, it seemed that coffee drinkers were more likely to die early. Digging deeper into the research, the study found that coffee drinkers were also more likely to be smokers. When they controlled for this outcome, the results were astounding. It showed that coffee drinking had an inverse association with early death from all causes, including heart and respiratory disease, strokes, diabetes, and infections, as well as injuries and accidents .
This study concluded that drinking 4 or 5 cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of death by 12%, and even a single cup of coffee could reduce the risk of death by all causes by 6%. Fantastic!
Science has come through once again to show that the beverage that is consumed more than any other beverage in the world (other than tea), is in fact better for you than we have been told over the years.
These studies also found other health benefits of coffee. Read on, my friends.
Health Benefits of Coffee
Along with the decreased risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes, Parkinson disease, Alzheimer’s disease, liver disease, obesity, and diseases of the gut, there are other health benefits of coffee.
Some of the other things that coffee may help support or improve include, but are not limited to:
- the immune system
- asthma control
- a positive attitude, including reducing the risk of depression and suicide
- social skills
- group participation
So it is no wonder that the general population enjoys drinking, on average, 5 cups of coffee per day. With so many possible benefits, what have you got to lose!
Please keep in mind that a “cup” of coffee is 8oz, not you thermos-size to-go mug!
Also, please keep in mind that I am not a medical professional and I am only giving you the result of other people’s studies. Please consume wisely and follow the directions of your health care professional if they differ from the opinion given in this article.
Other Benefits of Coffee
Some people have suggested that coffee is perhaps the healthiest drink there is. One of the reasons for this claim is the antioxidant properties that coffee possesses. Coffee does not have the largest percentage of antioxidants compared to other products such as fruits and vegetables, but due to the sheer volume of coffee that is consumed, it contributes the most to the antioxidant effects on average.
Because of this, some of the potential protective benefits of consuming coffee are improved brain function, improved insulin sensitivity, improvements in circulation and liver function, and a reduction in inflammation.
There are also a number of vitamins and minerals found in coffee including B vitamins, potassium, and magnesium.
All the more reason to drink coffee!
Should Everyone Drink Coffee?
I just want to remind you that coffee is not for everyone. One of the main ingredients and therefore the main reason most people drink coffee is for the caffeine. We do know that caffeine is a stimulant, and that it can have harmful effects for some people. If you are one of these people, don’t fret! The research shows that decaffeinated coffee has the same benefits mentioned above.
Also, drinking coffee may not be healthy for everyone. As I mentioned before, if you are not a coffee drinker due to medical reasons, or have been instructed by a medical professional to cut down on coffee, then please follow their advice. Remember, all the benefits mentioned in this article have been noted to be present in research participants who drank just one cup of coffee per day.
I drink coffee because it tastes really good to me and it fits into my eating lifestyle perfectly. You need to decide for yourself if this is a beverage that you want to consume. I am here to give you the information about the benefits of drinking this magical yummy elixir.
Thanks for listening. I’ll see you in the next post.
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Have a great day!