Coffee has its detractors I know but without my daily input of caffeine I’d be lost. I know I’m only topping up my caffeine levels to what feels normal but that’s OK. And I have no truck with the coffee bar habitués who order skinny de-caffs – what’s the point? And even worse those who order skinny decaffs with a cream and cherry syrup topping or have a chocolate/caramel/sticky toffee bun on the side. Who are they kidding? Having skinny decaff doesn’t really give you a licence to indulge on other high calorie goodies.
But I digress. The latest research says that drinking three or more cups of coffee a day makes it less likely you will die an early death.
American researchers have found that coffee contains bioactive chemicals that may protect drinkers against diseases such as diabetes and dementia.
Three cups a day lowers your risk of premature death by 15%. And people who drink coffee are less likely to commit suicide.
Scientists now believe that moderate coffee drinkers are much less likely to die prematurely than people who don’t drink coffee based on a US study of almost 170,000 people for more than 20 years.
Whilst people who drink coffee are more likely to smoke, once you take that out of the equation coffee drinkers appeared to have a lower risk of death by cardiovascular disease, neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or suicide.
Even if you only drink one or two cups a day that gives you an 8% lower risk of premature death while of you drink more than five cups a day that increase to 12% less risk.
And it doesn’t matter if it’s decaffeinated. It’s the chemicals and compounds such as chlorogenic acid, lignans, and quinides, that appear to lower the levels of inflammation in the body and soften some of the factors leading to Type 2 diabetes.
The chlorogenic acid and the lignans have antioxidant effects and probably responsible for the relationship between coffee-drinking and mortality according to the study’s lead author Dr Ding Ming.
There’s also a study that suggests drinking two or three cups of coffee after you’ve been dieting helps you stay slim. Must be worth a try!
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