Ever wondered if that daily cup of coffee was either harmful or good for you? the short answer, it's really good for you. It appears it can help you live longer.
Coffee is one of the most widely consumed substances in the world and is wildly popular in almost every developed nation. Its use has been researched over a period of time in an observational study. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between coffee consumption and the risk of mortality in a middle-aged Mediterranean cohort. The study was conducted within the framework of the Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra (SUN) Project, a long-term prospective cohort study in more than 22 500 Spanish university graduates which started in 1999, As per Science Daily
It appears long as you hold the additives such as sugar and dairy, coffee has a wealth of dietary biological and mental benefits.
During this observational study of nearly 20,000 individuals, it has been found that higher coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of death, according to research presented today at ESC Congress. People who consumed at least four cups of coffee daily had a 64% lower risk of early death compared to those never or rarely consumed coffee.
Interestingly enough, it was also found that the reduction in risk was "more significant once people reached the age of 45", potentially suggesting that it may be even more beneficial for us to consume coffee as we age.
"Coffee is loaded with antioxidants," said Joe DeRupo, a spokesman for the National Coffee Association. "Many are naturally occurring antioxidants found in the coffee bean, while others are created during the roasting process. It's these compounds that science links with positive effects in reducing the risk of several diseases.” - first reported by CNN
On top of the recently discovered research, we know that coffee is a natural source the popular stimulant caffeine. Which on its own has a whole wealth of metabolic benefits ranging from an increase in heart rate and body temperature? You might say that does not sound very beneficial, but in fact, an elevated heart-rate and increase in body temperature can help increase the amount calories you burn by just breathing at rest. A known Vaso-constrictor, caffeine can restrict blood flow, but when used in unison with a vasodilator such as grapes and grapeseed, or a topical essential oil such as Cinnamon, coffee can be a great motivator for weight loss and fitness.
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