For a long time, researchers believed that drinking coffee would shorten your life. Recently, they have changed their minds about America’s favorite drink. Now, they believe drinking two to three cups of coffee daily will help extend your life!
Coffee had gained a reputation for being bad for you in the past. Their main reason for this conclusion was the caffeine in coffee.
While caffeine is not healthy by itself, when combined with the many other compounds found in coffee, the result is that there are many benefits of coffee – making it good for you – and even healthy.
Most people drink coffee because it helps them wake up or sharpens their minds to work better. Few people know that it may also have some other benefits that will encourage them to keep drinking the dark brown liquid.
Researchers have discovered that there are more than 1,500 different compounds in coffee. Some of these are antioxidants, which help to destroy free radicals in your body and reduce inflammation.
The overall benefit, it was discovered, is that drinking coffee can increase your longevity.
Free radicals are a problem when you have too many. They are the result of the digestive process and a reaction to various chemicals. When in excess, radicals aid in developing cardiovascular disease, cancer, and more.
Coffee can help to increase your lifespan because it reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure. Even though caffeine by itself is bad for the heart, the combination of the other chemicals helps the body negate the effects of caffeine. Research has also shown that it reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
The risk to the heart from caffeine is removed because the other ingredients help reduce the various other conditions that often lead to heart disease.
Drinking coffee in higher amounts helps to reduce body fat, which can lead to higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels – which may lead to problems such as cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and possibly heart failure.
Besides the above benefits, researchers found that drinking coffee lowered the risk of dying from any disease – when compared to non-coffee drinkers. A study lasting over 10 years conducted in England that involved about 500,000 adults showed that people that drank coffee had a 10 to 15 percent less chance of dying early – compared to non-coffee drinkers.
Another study showed that there seems to be no effect on coffee drinking and heart arrhythmias. That study showed that drinking coffee – one cup per day – reduced the risk of premature death for people with this health condition.
Other studies looked at whether or not the types of coffee made a difference. No difference was observed between instant, decaf, regular, iced, or any other kind. Also, there seemed to be no difference in the volume of coffee consumed.
Tests used up to eight cups per day – and they still showed that it would reduce the possibility of early death – enabling you to live longer.
People with heart conditions, however, should follow their doctor’s advice. Many are not yet convinced, and more studies still need to be conducted.