What They NEVER Told You About Coffee - Part 2
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
Coffee, which is the number one consumed beverage in the US, could possess many different health effects.
However, some people are warned against consuming coffee due to its ability to speed up your heart rate and increase your blood pressure.
Coffee itself, free of additives such as cream, sugar, and artificial sweeteners, has been shown by some studies to possess powerful antioxidants, which may enhance your health.
Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that trap and eliminate free radicals, which could cause damage to the cells of your body, which could cause inflammation.
Now, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the benefits of coffee could extend to reducing mortality rates in older adults.
Let me explain…
Coffee and Health
Researchers have shown that drinking coffee could be beneficial to your health and may even prevent premature death.
The authors of this study aimed to see if there was an association between coffee consumption and mortality rates, after adjusting for different lifestyle factors.
Factors, such as smoking and other potential detractors, were adjusted for as well as the presences of different chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and a history of strokes.
The study included 229,119 men and 173,141 women who were part of the NIH AARP Diet and Health Study, of which 33,731 men and 18,704 women died over the course of the study.
All participants were between the ages of 50-71 at baseline. Coffee consumption was assessed once at baseline.
A follow-up with the participants started in 1996, and ended either when they died or until 2008.
Participants who had previous history of cancer, heart disease, or stroke were excluded from the study.
At first glance, the researchers noted that there were more deaths associated with increased coffee consumption.
However, a majority of the coffee drinkers also were smokers, which altered their findings.
After adjusting for smoking and other conditions associated with lifestyle, they noted that increased coffee consumption was inversely associated with mortality.
In fact, they noted that the people who drank the equivalent of three or more cups per days, showed a 10 percent decrease in their mortality.
Also, the researchers showed an inverse relationship between the amount of coffee consumed and deaths from heart disease, respiratory disease, strokes, injuries and accidents, diabetes, and infections.
However, these results did not correlate with deaths associated with cancer.
They also showed that their results were similar in subgroups, including people who had never smoked, and those who considered their health excellent at baseline measurements.
From their results, they concluded that coffee consumption may be inversely associated with total and case-specific mortality.
However, they also did say in their conclusion, that from their data they could not determine if their results were casual or if they were associational results.
The results of this study are exciting, but they need more research to verify their findings. However, this study does further strengthen the argument regarding the health benefits of moderate coffee consumption.
Health Benefits of Coffee
Coffee, one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, has been shown by many clinical research studies to possess health-promoting benefits.
It has also been shown to possess a high antioxidant capacity, which could enhance the powerful benefits of coffee.
Now according to the results of this study, coffee may reduce your risk of premature death associated with many different types of diseases and lifestyle-related conditions.
The overwhelming results could further strengthen the relationship between moderate coffee consumption and overall health benefits.
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Freedman, N. Park, Y. Abnet, C. Hollenbeck, A. Sinha, R. Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality. N Engl J Med. 2012. Vol.366:pp. 1891-1904. doi: 10.1056/NEWJMoa1112010.
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