Many of us have mad appreciation for our cups of coffee. In fact, coffee has often had our backs in the most seemingly hopeless of situations: prevented us from losing full days of work, from falling asleep on the job, or simply helped us to see the kids off to school without losing it. In fact, there are times when it may have said that coffee has “saved our lives,” but should we add a literal meaning to that? Studies show that drinking three cups of coffee can reduce chances of early death, and its has nothing to do with the caffeine. Here is some of the facts about how both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee can keep you lively.
The Magic of Coffee
According to two recent papers published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, drinking three cups of coffee can decrease risk of circulatory problems, liver disease, and diseases related to the digestive system. However, it’s not the caffeine content that’s responsible for the benefits, it’s the antioxidant content. To those champions of caffeine, this may not be the best of news. It would mean that health benefits are not characteristic of all caffeinated drinks. but only to coffee, in which case decaffeinated coffee is equally beneficial to caffeinated coffee, so you may still want to keep the energy drinks and sodas to a minimum. However, coffee lovers may still take heart.
Coffee and Long Life
Male study participants who drank three cups of coffee daily were found 18 percent less likely to die prematurely over a 16 year period than those who drank none. Women showed an 8 percent reduction in chance of death.
The second study showed that just one cup of coffee per day was powerful enough to decrease mortality risk by 12 percent in 16 years, and three cups led to an 18 percent risk reduction.
Study leader Marc Gunter sees promise in the results. “We are not at the stage of recommending people to drink more or less coffee, ” he says. “That said, our results suggest that moderate coffee drinking up to around three cups per day- is not detrimental, and that incorporation coffee into your diet could have health benefits.
While prior research found that coffee had a potential protective effect on the liver, it was not clear if the benefits held true for decaf as well. However, newer studies found a link between lower liver enzyme levels and decaffeinated coffee, as well as regular. Participants who drank three cups of coffee or more daily had lower liver enzymes than those who drank none, and the results rang true for the decaf drinkers as well. Study author, Dr. Qian Xiao says, “These data suggest that ingredients in coffee, other than caffeine, may promote liver health.”
As for caffeine, researchers find that its effects may revolve around genetics. According to experts, intake is “naturally modulated’ by individuals, and that there are two gene variants that influence the ‘rewards’ of caffeine.
What do you think of the results? Could your morning coffee be a lifesaver in more ways than one? Let us know!