Can Drinking Coffee Prolong Life? Recent Studies Say ‘Yes’

Experts believe that polyphenols and other bioactive compounds in coffee have antioxidant properties. (Photo: Hermann Rohr/ Vision Times)
Experts believe that polyphenols and other bioactive compounds in coffee have antioxidant properties. (Photo: Hermann Rohr/ Vision Times)

Two studies suggest that drinking coffee regularly can prolong life.

While it might sound too good to be true, coffee lovers might find yet another good reason to enjoy a hot cup of their favorite beverage.

According to two studies published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, regular coffee consumption could reduce mortality rates.

Regular coffee consumption could reduce different health risks. (Photo: Uroburos/Pixabay CC0

Drinking coffee regularly could reduce different health risks. (Photo: Uroburos/Pixabay CC0)

A second study carried out by a scientist from the University of Southern California came to a similar conclusion: People who regularly drank a cup of coffee had a 12 percent lower mortality rate compared to those who drank no coffee.

According to the study, those who consumed coffee daily seemed to have a reduced risk of suffering from colorectal cancer.

What’s the #1 hot beverage?

Coffee is the most commonly drank hot beverage worldwide. (Photo: Nikio/ Pixabay CC0)

Coffee is the most commonly drunk hot beverage worldwide. (Photo: Nikio/ Pixabay CC0)

Coffee is one of the most frequently consumed drink worldwide. Approximately three-quarters of adults in the United States drink the stimulant. The notion that drinking coffee is unhealthy seems to be slowly fading away in recent times.

While too much of anything isn’t good, different studies seem to point out that a long-term moderate consumption of coffee reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and certain cancers.

Experts believe that the polyphenols and other bioactive compounds in the brew have antioxidant properties. Scientist could not find any difference in the health-related effects between regular coffee and decaffeinated coffee.

Is this a reason to drink more coffee? That’s up to you. Moderation is the key to all things.

Watch the following video about coffee and it’s health benefits:

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