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Drinking coffee every day could extend your life, more studies confirm

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Another new study has emerged confirming that daily coffee drinking may extend lifespan, reduce inflammation and boost metabolism. But what does ‘moderate’ consumption actually mean?

By now, you probably know that coffee can be quite good for you. It’s been linked with improved brain health, heart health and boosted energy. And now it’s being lauded as a life-extender by scientists. 

The latest study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that a ‘moderate’ coffee habit could cut the risk of early death. Scientists examined the coffee consumption of 171,000 Brits and found that those who drank any amount of unsweetened coffee were up to 29% less likely to die early than people who don’t drink coffee at all. 

Those who drink their coffee with sugar, were up to 31% less likely to die, so long as they stayed below four cups a day. It’s worth pointing out that there could be lots of factors as to why coffee drinkers tend to live longer, including socio-economic status and activity levels, and this study doesn’t compare freshly brewed coffee to the instant stuff.

However, it’s just the latest study to conclude that coffee can extend our lives. Earlier this year, a decade-long study of nearly 500,000 people found that those who drink up to three cups of coffee are 20% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or suffer a stroke than those who don’t drink coffee at all. And those moderate drinkers are 12% less likely to die from any cause. 

Published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the study followed volunteers for 11 years. 22% were non-coffee drinkers, 58% drank up to three cups a day and 20% drank over three. Those who drank around three cups a day were less likely to be diabetic than zero-coffee drinkers and the people who drank over three were no more likely to suffer from high blood pressure than those who consumed less (which is something previous studies have contradicted).

So, what’s so good about coffee? The bean contains a number of useful nutrients including vitamins B2 and B3, magnesium, potassium, as well as a load of antioxidants that help protect the body against free radical damage. Antioxidants also protect us from inflammation – which is known to be linked to conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cancers. 

Woman adding sugar to cup of coffee
Adding a spoon of sugar to your coffee makes no difference to the health benefits.

Of course, coffee doesn’t agree with everyone. We all react differently to caffeine and while some people will struggle to pick up a third cup after drinking two coffees, others might barely notice they’ve had any caffeine. 

Coffee can exacerbate certain conditions like acid reflux and anxiety, so it’s definitely not a good idea to push yourself to drink more coffee than you’re comfortable with. This research, however, is comforting for those of us who do drink umpteen Americanos a day and who are tired of being told to ditch the habit.

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Miranda Larbi

Miranda Larbi is the editor of Strong Women and Strong Women Training Club. A qualified personal trainer and vegan runner, she can usually be found training for the next marathon, seeking out vegan treats or cycling across London on a pond-green Tokyo bike.