Coffee may lead to longer life, study says

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The results support the recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which states consuming three to five cups of coffee per day, or 400 milligrams per day, of caffeine is not detrimental to healthy individuals.

Generally speaking, people who drank two to three cups of coffee every day had a lower risk of death than those who didn't. The apparent longevity boost was seen with instant, ground and decaffeinated varieties, with results echoing USA research.

In many studies, it hasn't mattered whether coffee was caffeinated or not, which indicates that many benefits may not be connected to caffeine - there are all kinds of other antioxidant-rich compounds in coffee that could have an effect. Risk reduction varied slightly depending on how much coffee someone consumed, its caffeine content and whether it was instant or ground. However, the findings provide additional reassurance to coffee drinkers, while reinforcing previous research on the benefits of the beverage to human health.

"But here's a situation where there was always some feeling of, 'Oh, can't be - I enjoy it too much, it can't be good for me.' And now we're finding out that it's good. Or at least not be bad", she said.

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The results were encouraging for coffee drinkers of all stripes; decaf devotees, instant coffee lovers, those who have variants of the genes associated with metabolizing caffeine, even people who drink up to eight cups of coffee per day-drinking coffee was associated with a lower mortality risk over the study period compared to non-coffee drinkers.

Other studies have suggested that substances in coffee may reduce inflammation and improve how the body uses insulin, which can reduce chances for developing diabetes.

Adam Taylor, a sound engineer from Las Vegas on his way to fetch two iced coffees for friends in downtown Chicago on Monday, said the study results make sense. It can just say that people who drink coffee are less likely to die early.

For the study, researchers invited nine million British adults to take part - 498,134 women and men aged 40 to 69 agreed. The low participation rate means those involved may have been healthier than the general United Kingdom population, the researchers said.

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This study echos other recent studies that shows the positive health affects of daily coffee consumption. This correlation was found in individuals who drank one cup of coffee to as many as eight per day. But evidence also suggests caffeine could cause high blood pressure or heart attacks in those who find it tough to metabolize.

Drinking six or seven cups of coffee a day - almost twice the daily recommended limit - could help you live longer, according to new research. And when all causes of death were combined, even slow caffeine metabolisers had a longevity boost.

A new study claimed that drinking coffee will help you live longer, adding to the numerous research the beverage offers several benefits to its fans.

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