Coffee Drinkers Rejoyce – Catch Your Morning Buzz and Live Longer Too.

Coffee Drinkers Rejoyce – Catch Your Morning Buzz and Live Longer Too.

A new study shows that coffee drinkers are more likely to live longer. Many coffee drinkers (myself included) love the morning buzz and some of us feel we just cannot function without it. Although there were some previous concerns regarding the safety of coffee, some new information suggests the coffee and starbucks crowd may also have an added bonus… A longer life.

Scientists: Coffee Drinkers Live Longer

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 9:28 PM
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One of life’s simple pleasures just got a little sweeter. After years of waffling research on coffee and health, even some fear that java might raise the risk of heart disease, a big study finds the opposite: Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or decaf doesn’t matter.

The study of 400,000 people is the largest ever done on the issue, and the results should reassure any coffee lovers who think it’s a guilty pleasure that may do harm.

“Our study suggests that’s really not the case,” said lead researcher Neal Freedman of the National Cancer Institute. “There may actually be a modest benefit of coffee drinking.”

No one knows why. Coffee contains a thousand things that can affect health, from helpful antioxidants to tiny amounts of substances linked to cancer. The most widely studied ingredient – caffeine – didn’t play a role in the new study’s results.

It’s not that earlier studies were wrong. There is evidence that coffee can raise LDL, or bad cholesterol, and blood pressure at least short-term, and those in turn can raise the risk of heart disease.

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