Can't make it through the day without that caffeine fix first thing? Well, pour yourself some coffee, as new studies have discovered three cups a day can extend your life!
Two experiments led by experts in Britain and the U.S. have found that the strong stuff reduces risks of liver disease, problems linked to the digestive tract and circulatory issues. But it's thought these great benefits are down to antioxidants in coffee, not the caffeine.
Researchers from the University of Southern California have recruited 186,000 people and tracked them for 16 years, discovering that those who sipped several cups of coffee lowered their chance of death by 18 per cent, compared to those who drank one cup a day being 12 per cent less likely to die than those who drank none at all.
Meanwhile, Imperial College London and the UN International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) European study followed 520,000 individuals aged 35 or over for an average of 16 years. They came to the same conclusion in regards to three cups of coffee, though it was only men who saw an 18 per cent less risk of death, as women had only an eight per cent reduced chance of dying.
"We found higher coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, and specifically for circulatory diseases, and digestive diseases," said IARC European study leader Dr. Marc Gunter.
"Importantly, these results were similar across all of the 10 European countries, with variable coffee drinking habits and customs."
The researchers also found out that people who drink coffee have healthier livers and better glucose levels than those who don't have the beverage. The antioxidants, along with other aspects such as caffeine, all contributed to its health benefits.
"Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention," U.S. study leader Dr. Veronica Setiawan added.
Both studies were published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
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