The health history of coffee just hit the green light after standing at the red one for a quite a while, now. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of coffee throughout the years.
According to 2 recent studies: The more coffee you drink – the longer you’ll live. Results from the studies unfold the ancient polemics about the coffee’s health effects.
One of the studies analyzed over half a million people in 10 different European countries. Which makes it the largest study of it’s kind on coffee and mortality thus far. Scientists found a close link between coffee consumption increase and risks of mortality decrease.
The second study was rather unusual, as it surveyed only non-white populations.
After analyzing over 185.000 Hawaiians, Latinos, Native, Japanese and African-Americans, scientists found that coffee increases the life span across diverse races.
According to the study, people who drank 2-4 cups of coffee a day had up to 18% lower mortality risks, compared to individuals who didn’t drink coffee at all.
The leading scientist on non-white populations, prof. Veronica Wendy Setiawan, claims that these results are uniform with all the previous ones from studies on the same subject.
In addition, she explains that the patterns were similar, regarding the fact that all the populations in the study are somehow diverse.
Either due to their susceptibilities, dietary habits or lifestyle in general.
These new studies clearly show a strong biological connection between coffee and the length of life.
They also show the inverse relation between coffee consumption and mortality. Including diseases like diabetes, strokes, cancer, respiratory infections, kidney failures and heart disease.
Moreover, the European study also found an inverse relation between coffee intake and liver disease, cancer in woman, suicide in men, and circulatory/digestive diseases.
Namely, people who drank 3 cups of coffee (or more) a day, had lower death risks compared to those who didn’t drink coffee at all. Annals of Internal Medicine published both studies.
The researchers were looking into the diverse ways of preparation and consumption of the coffee in numerous countries across Europe.
The identical results from different countries suggest that there is more to the coffee itself than there is to the way of preparation and consumption of the coffee.
Biological Benefits & Admonitions
Coffee is a complex concoction of elements, some of which proved to have biological effects in laboratories.
Studies point out that some ingredients in the coffee have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties, that can aid decrease risks for ailments like Parkinson’s disease.
In fact, European people who drink coffee tend to have better control of glucose, lower levels of inflammation and healthier lipid profiles than those who don’t.
Which elements provide the healthy benefits it’s still vague and further researches are due to happen to reveal for certain.
Both studies divided smokers from non-smokers, as smoking is a killer and the origin of a variety of diseases.
However, the inverse relationship between coffee and mortality was the same for smokers too.
It turns out that smoking doesn’t fade the effects of coffee away at all. Additionally, it doesn’t matter if you’re a smoker or not, you’re still going to obtain the health benefits of coffee.
On the other hand, Dr. Alberto Ascherio disagrees with the new discoveries and explains why people should be wary of them.
According to him, counteracting the effects of cigarettes by drinking coffee is a dangerous proposition and a borderline to insanity.
He dismisses the decrease of 10% death risks by coffee consumption. Stating that it’s not significant enough compared to how much they increase them by smoking.
The reasons behind people who don’t drink coffee especially in places like Europe or the US where coffee is a such a huge commodity may be due to health issues.
And the higher rate of mortality at smokers may be attributable to their bad health, to begin with.
These and the previous studies indicate that there’s no harm from drinking coffee whatsoever for the majority of people. As a matter of fact is beneficial for our health.
Feel free to implement a rather moderate coffee consumption into your daily diets for a healthier lifestyle.
So, if you’re a coffee drinker do continue your habit, and if you’re not, you can stick with tea and water without any concerns.