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Coffee Consumption May Help You Live a Longer Life

People who drank one cup a day had a 12 percent decrease in mortality.

Can coffee help you live longer, 2 recent studies say “yes”.

Have you had your cup of coffee yet? Getting ready to have another cup?

You know that jolt of caffeine may be doing more than just waking you up. In 2 recent studies, results showed that drinking coffee is connected with a reduced risk of death. These studies were published in the annals of internal medicine and they compared coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers and how they fared with health issues.

In the first study, researchers studied coffee consumption and the biomarkers of liver function, inflammation and metabolic health. They found that there was an inverse association on rates of death for coffee drinkers. Coffee seemed to have a positive effect on digestive mortality with men and a positive effect for women and circulatory disease. The second study looked at non-white populations and their coffee drinking habits. The results again were promising.

People who drank one cup a day had a 12 percent decrease in mortality.

Those who regularly drank 2 or 3 cups a day saw their numbers increase to 18 percent. With the group who drank more than 4 cups a day, their percentage stayed at 18 for a reduced mortality risk.

One surprise was it didn’t matter if the coffee was regular or decaf, the decreased mortality risks were still the same.


Partha’s rx on drinking coffee the healthy way

  1. When choosing your coffee, always buy and drink organic. Conventional coffee is heavily sprayed with pesticides and always try to support companies that promote fair trade practices.
  2. Always buy whole coffee beans and grind them at home when needed coffee beans will begin to breakdown and become rancid once the inner contents are exposed to oxygen and moisture. The oxygen and moisture also are enemies of anti-oxidants in coffee beans. Anti-oxidants create stability and health in living systems and ward off disease.
  3. Try to drink your coffee without sugar. Adding sugar adds extra calories to the drink and sugar also stops you from truly tasting the nuances of the various blends. Cream in your coffee can help you with the sugar reduction. The fat in cream will cut the bitterness of coffee and cream also has a natural sweetness that can help you reduce your sugar consumption. Another reason to ditch the sugar? Research has found that people who drink sugared coffee tend to reach for more unhealthy food than those who drink their coffee black.
  4. Do not use flavored creamers. They are made with unhealthy hydrogenated vegetable oils, contain corn syrup and other unhealthy chemicals. You do not want to add these to your body as you become your own health hero.

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Partha Nandi M.D., F.A.C.P is the creator and host of the medical lifestyle television show, “The Dr. Nandi Show”.

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Jackie Wilushewski
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It’s really refreshing to read this article; with so much back and forth on if coffee is or isn’t “good for you” this article just really gets to the point and makes a lot of sense!

I was wondering if you are able to address a specific question around #4: Do not use flavored creamers. Since you mention that these are made with hydrogenated vegetable oils, corn syrup and other unhealthy chemicals – If there is an alternative without those, then it is ok? I use an almond milk creamer alternative by either So Delicious Dairy Free or Silk Have you tried or heard of these?

Rock Eric Ramos
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Rock Eric Ramos

I am going to live forever then…lol I looovee coffee

Kathy
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Kathy

This is good news indeed, and I don’t use sugar in my coffee.

michelle
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michelle

great advice in this article i love my coffee i live off the stuff mainly i do limit myself as i use to have sleeping problems due to an over intake of caffeine however to know it can help you live a longer life is great though i dont play about with flavours i like mine straight out the jar

janelle soirel
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janelle soirel

hahaha…. im a coffee lover, i take it after every meal, thank you.

janelle soirel
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janelle soirel

hahaha… im a coffee lover, i drink coffee after every meal, thank you.

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Lalie

Would you believe that I never (or maybe less than 10x) had coffee while I was still living in the “Pearl of the Orient Seas”? That’s because of the very hot and humid weather. It was only when I got here in BC that I started to drink coffee because of the cold weather. But still I try to limit my intake of coffee despite its very tempting aroma. Good to know that coffee can prolong life.

Thank you Dr. Nandi, Bryant and Jenni
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Ruth E Barnhart

I love my coffee. I drink 2 or 3 16 oz cups of coffee a day. Unless I sleep in them I have 1 or 2 cups 16 oz coffee. Therefore I drink 32 oz or 48 oz cups of coffee a day. I am picky about my coffee, if I am having breakfast out and I do not like the coffee, after one sip I will send the coffee back and have grapefruit juice or orange juice. I prefer my tea iced with 2 or 3 slices of lemon. But I am really really wanting coffee all the while I am drinking iced tea. No coffee after 3 PM

Marisa
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Marisa

Two cups a day.

Suzan Muhialdeen
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Suzan Muhialdeen

Very interesting and helpful article ,in fact I cant drink coffee every day ,because it prevents me from sleeping well in night and my brain becomes very active, but I can drink one cup a day in the morning or till 6 pm from time to time ,but usually I drink green tea every day .

Bharti khatri
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Bharti khatri

Article on coffee is very interesting. I love cold coffee.

Tiffany Newsome
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Tiffany Newsome

I love coffee! Whoever said that there is no such thing as magic beans obviously did not know about coffee beans!

Deanna Branson
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Deanna Branson

OMG, I’m going to live forever
Coffee is my only friend!!! Hahaha

Peter Dolan
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Peter Dolan

I left my name and email because I think you you give great info and things to think about.I love getting your messages and yes I really do enjoy my coffee everyday.My thanks Bryant and Jenni.

Margo
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Margo

I just take normal coffee out of a jar, and Cappuccino sachets. I limit myself to about 4, maximum 5. To be honest, I rarely finish it all! I’m pleased to hear that it’s healthy. It will only help me to live longer though if I don’t get hit by a bus. I only want to live longer if I’m healthy and have a good life. I can’t say that I drink so many a day, some days it’s 2, some 3 etc. The quote states that it “may” help us to live longer, as long as we don’t get palpitations with the Caffeine. I will focus on the positive aspects of Coffee, as I couldn’t live without it, nor would anyone else!! See, I’m considerate, I have to have coffee for the safety of others!! Lol

Paulina Bagunas
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Paulina Bagunas

What a great article. I love drinking coffee. My day is not complete without coffee on my table. I used to drink decafinated coffee. Thanks for the info. God bless.

Christie McGuigan
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Christie McGuigan

Oops I’ve been using flavored creamers… how healthy are the keurig machines many options for flavored coffee that way … I drink coffee everyday !

Lawney
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Lawney

Great info. I always drink it black so was on the right track there.

rtetka
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rtetka

Uvijek sam osjecala da je kafa najbolja tecnost u rano jutro za one koji se nemogu razbuditi bez kafe, i sa niskim pritiskom je fantasticno pice koje daje ” zivot” , a znajuci da produzuje zivot mirise jos bolje- HVALA- pozdrav

Gail Liming
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Gail Liming

Interesting article I hadn’t realized that coffee was actually good for a person.