Every morning, I start my day off with a nice, hot cup of coffee. Later in the day, I’ll go on to have one or two more, perhaps even having an iced coffee if the weather is good enough. On some days, I’ll meet up with friends and go to our local coffee shop to have a coffee and a chat as well.
A lot of you probably have similar days to mine. Those of you who don’t, probably have at least one cup of joe during the day. Well, us coffee drinkers are in luck. Although people have believed that coffee isn’t ideal for your health, the opposite may actually be true. In fact, drinking more coffee will make you live longer, according to science.
A Cup A Day
A new study has been conducted by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and Northwestern University with data from the UK Biobank. In it, the researchers measured the mortality of a group of 500,000 people over a 10-year period. Along with several other things, they analyzed the amount of coffee that each participant drank a day. From there, they compared the results they found from the coffee-drinking group with the non-coffee drinkers.
Their findings were astonishing. They found that coffee drinkers had a 6% – 14% lower chance of death than non-coffee drinkers. The researchers behind this study have stated that even though that number sounds low, it’s a hugely significant figure.
Interestingly, the good news for coffee lovers didn’t stop there. Out of all the people that they studied, the researchers found that people who drank more than 8 cups a day showed the best results. Despite most experts recommending no more than 400 mg of caffeine a day, 8 cups actually contains double that amount.
The Reasoning Behind It
The debate on whether coffee is good or bad for you has been going on for years now. Some people claim that too much caffeine can be detrimental to your health. However, this study has shown that caffeine is good for your health because of one fundamental reason – your metabolic rate.
The people in the study who had a higher tolerance to coffee and drank it more frequently had a much higher metabolism than those who didn’t. According to experts, caffeine has the amazing ability to increase your metabolism. This, in turn, makes your body healthier by flushing out anything that doesn’t agree with it quickly. Naturally, that then reduces the risk of death and increases people’s lifespans.
It’s not advisable to push yourself to drink more coffee than you’re comfortable with. However, drinking a cup or two every day will improve your health. Those of us who do enjoy a few extra cups during the day are even luckier still. So, as long as you’re not filling your coffee with sugar and cream, drink as much of it as you like. You may even live longer because of it.
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