Science: Can drinking coffee help you live longer?

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You’ve probably heard a lot about coffee and its impact on our health. 

Some scientists say that drinking 2 cups of coffee per day can prolong your life.  

Coffee is considered to be one of the healthiest drinks on the planet. We’re talking about natural high-quality ground coffee, not the powder from a pack or instant coffee. 

Here’s how it may work:

  1. Coffee is a great source of antioxidants, actually the biggest source of antioxidants, outranking both fruits and vegetables combined. When hot water runs through coffee grounds while brewing, the natural chemical compounds in the beans mix with the water and become part of the drink. The main job of antioxidants in your body is to prevent cell damage, also known as oxidative stress caused by damaging free radicals. This oxidation is thought to be one of the mechanisms behind serious conditions and aging.

  2. People who drink coffee are happier and theirrisk of depression and suicide is reduced by 20% and 53% respectively. 

  3. Regarding specific diseases, coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, type 2 diabetes, and liver diseases — just to name a few.

Most observational studies suggest that drinking coffee reduces the risks of chronic disease and may even extend human life. It’s important to note that these studies examine associations but cannot prove that coffee is the real reason behind these health benefits. 

Despite coffee’s positive effect on your body, there are some specific situations when it is advisable to limit coffee drinking. 

Coffee should be excluded from your diet if you have painful periods. Caffeine can make cramps even stronger. 

You should limit your coffee intake if you’re pregnant or if your doctor has told you to. 


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