We have to admit: Coffee comes with a lot of perks, from waking you up every morning to boosting your productivity when your overworked brain is this close to giving up. But, according to research, there’s so much more to the energy-boosting drink than meets the eye, and it’s all about living a long and healthy life.
In 2017, a group of scientists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Imperial College London found that downing massive amounts of the caffeinated brew (see: three cups a day) can significantly increase your longevity compared to your friends who have banned the aromatic drink from their everyday routine.
The 521.330 participants of the study went through a 16-year-long observation during which researchers found that java lovers faced a lower risk of death from all causes, especially when it comes to circulatory diseases and afflictions of the digestive tract.
It’s also worth mentioning that the results did not vary between coffee drinkers from different cultural or ethnic backgrounds, showcasing that no matter a person’s drinking habits and customs, the popular brew can still do the (longevity) trick.
But, the good news doesn’t end there. Researchers also found that opting for the decaffeinated version has a similar effect on your health as regular coffee which basically means you can reap all the benefits without having to deal with the jitters.
Note, though, that pinning down the differences and similarities of the two varieties in regards to one’s longevity potential is not always easy as participants may have been drinking both types of coffee in different periods of their life.
At some point, scientists narrowed down their research even further by focusing on the metabolic biomarkers in just 14.000 of the participants. This choice was not random as they made an effort to figure out what’s really going on in the human body after year-long exposure to caffeine. According to the results, coffee drinkers tend to have healthier livers and better glucose control than non-coffee drinkers. Unfortunately, the whys and hows of this outcome could not be determined.
It goes without saying that further research is necessary to establish the connection between coffee and a longer lifespan but experts are feeling pretty hopeful about it as separate studies in Japan and the U.S. show similar results. In fact, this positive outcome only adds to the growing body of evidence which proves that drinking coffee is actually beneficial to your health.
Of course, spending all your hard-earned money on overpriced coffee drinks is not an option. That’s why you should equip your kitchen with long-lasting brewing equipment, be it in the form of a pour-over, grind-and-brew or single-serve coffee maker. Who knew that the push of a button was all it took to add more years to your life?