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Can coffee really make you live longer?

Can coffee really make you live longer?

Interestingly, in the US study, even decaffeinated coffee was found to be linked to longer life, suggesting that the mechanism for its health benefits lies somewhere other than caffeine.

The first, conducted by researchers at the global agency for research on cancer (IARC) and the Imperial college of London (Uk) gathered data from 520,000 people from 10 european countries over 16 years.

All that the researchers did was look at several hundred thousand coffee drinkers, and non-coffee drinkers, over a period of 16 years, and record who died at which age from which cause.

People who drink coffee may live longer than non-coffee drinkers, according to a study of more than 500,000 people across ten countries.

Researchers found that, with the exception of Native Hawaiians, participants who reported higher consumption of coffee had a statistically lower risk of death from heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. One 350ml cup can reduce the risk by 12 percent while three cups reduces the risk by 18 percent.

"Due to the limitations of observational research, we are not at the stage of recommending people to drink more or less coffee", says Gunter.

"Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention", lead author Veronica Setiawan said in a statement. Some 2.25 billion cups are consumed every day. It is still unclear which particular compounds provide health benefits, but Gunter said he would be interested in exploring this further.

A link between drinking coffee and living a longer life was found in two studies published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

And the pattern was consistent across racial groups - including whites, blacks, Latinos and Japanese-Americans, the study found.

He said that drinking more than 400 milligrams of caffeine a day - equivalent to four to five cups of coffee - can cause symptoms such as dizziness and a spike in heart rate.

Finally, a reason to feel less guilty about our extensive caffeine habit: according to not one but two new studies, drinking three cups of coffee a day could lengthen your life expectancy.

"We can not say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association", Veronica said.

The researchers noted that the results were the same whether participants drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee, which implies that caffeine is not responsible for the decreased risk of death.

"We're not at the point where we can say with full confidence that it's protective", said Dr. Eliseo Guallar, professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Health, who co-authored an accompanying editorial.

They say this is because coffee might increase the chance of the baby being born too small.

Neither of the researchers is suggesting that non-drinkers start guzzling java for its health benefits.

Many prior studies have hailed the benefits of coffee-drinking, saying the beverage imparts anti-oxidants, may improve liver function and reduce inflammation. This study revealed that the drinking a significant amount of coffee everyday could lower the risks of mortality of a person.

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