Drinking coffee has many health benefits including reduce risk of prostate cancer, boosts brain health and even beneficial for male sexual health. There are other numerous coffee health benefits and a recent study finds coffee drinkers live longer.
Two new studies, U.S.1 and European2 studies found that coffee consumption reduces risk of death. The coffee longevity benefit is not credited to caffeine because even decaffeinated coffee offers similar benefit.
Coffee Longevity Benefit In U.S. Study
Let’s first take a look at the quick overview of the U.S. study. In this study, researchers find that individuals who drink 4 cups of coffee a day showed an 18% lower risk of premature death.
This is a 16-year study conducted on African Americans, Latinos and Japanese Americans. The study concludes those who drink that much coffee have a lower risk of death compared to non-coffee drinkers.
Interestingly, even those individuals who drink only a cup of coffee a day enjoy some benefit up to 12% lower risk of premature death than non-coffee drinkers.
Just as with the U.S. study, the researchers found similar coffee longevity benefit on Europeans. Individuals who are heavy coffee consumers enjoy between 7% to 12% lower risk of premature death than non-coffee drinkers.
Additionally, the researchers notice added benefit from coffee consumption. Those who love to drink coffee have lower rates of other health conditions such as stroke and digestive diseases.
This study is based on self-reporting method, which means researchers were not able to gather exact data such as the strength of brewing the coffee.
However, even if this is an observational study, it gives us a good overview of the health benefits of coffee, particularly in longevity.
Previous Study Found Similar Benefit
If you think these two studies are the first to find this breakthrough, it is not. Five years back, in 2012 one study3 also find similar benefit.
In this earlier cohort study, researchers found that coffee consumption reduces the risk of death. Particularly, people who drink coffee have a lower risk of dying of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, infections, and injuries.
In their conclusion, the researchers added;
Our results provide reassurance with respect to the concern that coffee drinking might adversely affect health.
Tips For Preparing A Healthy Coffee
It is important to note that not all coffee is created equal. For instance, coffee with added sugars and creams does not have similar health benefits from black coffee.
Moreover, the freshness of the coffee also matters. Therefore, make sure you don’t stock a lot of ground coffee. Coffee has its health benefits when ground and brewed freshly.
Lastly, if you feel that conventionally brewed coffee is acidic for you, try cold brew.