Drinking A Lot Of Coffee Now Said To Help You Live Longer
If you drink up to eight cups a day, we have some good news for you.
Flat white lovers and latte aficionados take note -- you're on to a good thing.
You see, it seems that the humble cup of java is actually helping you out in more ways that just keeping you awake. It's actually now been proven to help you live longer too.
"Association of Coffee Drinking With Mortality by Genetic Variation in Caffeine Metabolism," published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), "provides further evidence that coffee drinking can be part of a healthy diet and offers reassurance to coffee drinkers" -- especially in regards to your mortality.
Researchers looked at more than 500,000 people between the ages of 38 and 73 in the UK. 380,000 of them were coffee drinkers and the objective was to study the links between drinking coffee and mortality based on how well your body can absorb caffeine.
What the researchers found was that coffee was inversely related to mortality among people who drank 1 to 8 or more cups of coffee a day including ground, instant, and decaf coffee. In other words, it doesn't shorten your lifespan, and in fact can actually help you live longer than people who don't drink any coffee at all.
And that's not all coffee has turned out to be good for. It's also pretty good for your skin. According to another recent study, participants who drank four cups of coffee per day were less likely to develop rosacea compared with participants who didn't drink the stuff. The authors suggested that caffeine’s vasoconstrictive and immune suppressive effects might decrease the risk.
One other thing that coffee is said to be really good for? Teamwork. It seems that drinking it may help to keep you going, and also to make sure you have constructive interaction at work.
Research done Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus and published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that participants who had drunk coffee before engaging in a group discussion tended to rate both their own, as well as their team members', performance more positively than the individuals who were only allowed to have coffee after this task.
The scientists concluded that it may be caffeine-related alertness that makes people feel more positive about themselves and others in a group setting. Interestingly, the volunteers who had drunk regular coffee prior to participation tended to talk more in the group discussion, but they were also more focused on their given topic and did not ramble as much as participants who had not ingested caffeine.
So, what we can gather from all this is pretty obvious. Coffee is in fact life.
Make ours a flat white.
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