Coffee. Nectar of the gods. Essential for the start of the morning (usually). A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has shown that coffee can jump-start your day— but can it also help prolong your life?
Apparently, yes! A European study also found that over an eight-year period, the more coffee consumption, the longer a person could live. So, how is this possible? Over the last few months, Team MD has provided various research— demonstrating how four cups of coffee a day is harmless, to how a cup of coffee before a workout can help in burning fat!
This latest study published in the European Heart Journal, shows that people who consume four cups of coffee per day had a 65% lower risk of death than non-coffee drinkers. In fact, Dr. Carrie Ruxton, a U.K. dietitian, recently told me via email that, “…Studies show that moderate doses of caffeine support cognitive function, such as alertness and concentration, as well as boosting sports performance. According to the European Food Safety Authority, up to 400 mg of caffeine per day, the amount you would find in 8 servings of tea or 4 servings of coffee, is perfectly safe for adults in the long term.”
Another important fact about coffee is that it is rich in polyphenols. As we reported earlier, polyphenols are terrific for fighting off diabetes by keeping glucose at bay. Polyphenols are also essential for healthy weight loss. This is one of the reasons why we advocate drinking red wine, which is full of healthy polyphenols that adds to its many benefits, including weight loss!
However, according to Dr. Ruxton’s 2017 study, tea is rich in polyphenols, which helps cognitive function— but another study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that coffee is full of these antioxidant-rich polyphenols too!
More so, recent studies have shown that when used before working out, coffee can help to jump-start your metabolism to burn fat quicker! Now, while this is a safe option for caffeine, Dr. Ruxton also went on to explain that when it comes to caffeine-infused sports drinks, “…energy drinks with caffeine are a less healthy option as the caffeine levels can be high – around 400-600 mg for shots – and the drinks contain added sugars.”
But Dr. Ruxton added that in general, “…. The benefits of tea as a caffeine source are that it contains half the caffeine level found in coffee but also supplies natural fluoride for healthy teeth and plant flavonoids, which have been shown to support heart and vascular health.”
In fact, many personal trainers have advocated using coffee as a pre-workout to help activate brown fat-producing agents to help us in maintaining weight loss!
With this information, it’s no wonder why coffee drinkers have been shown to have a long life ahead of them.
Gunter MJ, Murphy N, Cross AJ, Dossus L, Dartois L, Fagherazzi G, et al. Coffee Drinking and Mortality in 10 European Countries: A Multinational Cohort Study. Ann Intern Med. 2017;167:236–247. doi: 10.7326/M16-2945
Dr. Carrie Ruxton, Ph.D. – Caffeine Sorting fact from Fiction
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European Heart Journal, Published online https://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/higher-coffee-consumption-associated-with-lower-risk-of-death