Three cups of coffee each day could help you live longer Harvard research reveals
Published 17/11/2015 | 15:58
Contrary to popular belief drinking more than three cups of coffee each day could help you live longer, that is if new research from Harvard is to be believed.
Scientists in Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health found that moderate coffee consumption reduces the risk of prematurely dying from heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes and neurological conditions.
Interestingly, the study found that whether or not the drinkers had coffee or a decaffeinated alternative did not affect the coffee’s impact on their health.
Lead scientist Ming Ding said: "Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation. That could explain some of our findings. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects."
The research was pooled from a study, which is analysing the coffee habits of more than 200,000 men and women around the world from records which have been kept for more than 30 years.
Compared to those who did not indulge in a cup of Joe, those who regularly drank coffee experienced a reduced risk of death across a wide range of areas.
Other factors, such as BMI, physical activity, smoking and diet were also taken into account.
Co-author Professor Frank Hu said: "This study provides further evidence that moderate consumption of coffee may confer health benefits in terms of reducing premature death due to several diseases."