One of your guilty pleasures might be saving your life.
Despite the myriad warnings against too much caffeine intake, new research from the Imperial College of London has found that coffee might just save your life – as it works as a preventative agent against ALL forms of disease.
In one of the largest health study of its kind, researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Imperial College London compiled data from more than half a million people from 10 different countries that asked about their coffee drinking habits. Data was taken from the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, and Italy, just to name a few.
They discovered that people who drink approximately 3 cups of coffee daily had a reduced risk of death from every cause, but a markedly reduced mortality risk from cardiovascular diseases, and those caused by a compromised digestive tract.
The world consumes an estimated 2.25 billion cups of coffee each day. Previous studies have linked coffee-drinking to increased longevity, however, the diterpenes and antioxidants in high ratios compared to caffeine, are likely what are protecting people from disease.
The chemistry of coffee is fascinating. Coffee contains one of the highest ratios pf phenolic compounds as compared to almost any other drink, save Matcha Green Tea. Phenolics contribute to everything from slowing down aging to preventing cancer. Phenolic compounds from medicinal herbs and dietary plants includephenolic acids, flavonoids, tannins, stilbenes, curcuminoids, coumarins, lignans, quinones, and others are present in coffee.
Coffee can protect against gout by lowering uric acid levels, and even prevent kidney stones and gall stones. It also prevents against tooth decay, which oddly, has been linked to higher incidences of heart disease. Coffee provides protection against Diabetes type 2 (one study found that just one daily cup can lower incidence of Diabetes by 17 percent).
Coffee can aid in weight loss as its helps food be digested properly, so that the healthy aspects can be assimilated and the rest expelled properly. Coffee is a natural diuretic as well. With obesity causing a whopping 598,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone, this single factor may be contributing to coffee’s ability to reduce mortality.
CGAs (caffeoylquinic acids, feruloylquinic acids and p-coumaroylquinic acids respectively) in coffee the plant created by esterification of trans-cinnamic acids (mainly caffeic, ferulic and p-coumaric acids) with hydroxyl groups on quinic acid also boost health, preventing numerous chronic diseases.
The magnificent aroma that accompanies coffee is created by over 1000 different compounds, most of which are likely health-boosting.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Marc Gunter of the IARC and formerly at Imperial’s School of Public Health stated,
“We found that higher coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, and specifically for circulatory diseases, and digestive diseases. Importantly, these results were similar across all of the 10 European countries, with variable coffee drinking habits and customs. Our study also offers important insights into the possible mechanisms for the beneficial health effects of coffee.”
As it turns out, your morning cup of Joe is better health insurance than, well – health insurance. As long as you keep the caffeine in check, coffee can slow the aging process and prevent your untimely demise. Just be sure to consume organic coffee when possible to eliminate or minimize exposure to toxic chemical herbicides, fungicides, and petroleum based fertilizers.