A lot of people enjoy drinking a cup of coffee immediately after getting up from bed. Other people love drinking a cup of coffee with their co-workers after having lunch, or even in the evening while watching TV.

Even though drinking coffee is an everyday habit of millions of people, it is still not clear whether it affects our health negatively or positively. For instance, if it is consumed in excess, you may become addicted to caffeine. Moreover, pregnant women are recommended not to consume a large amount of coffee, as babies cannot metabolize caffeine adequately.

Can the coffee habit prolong longevity?

Drinking coffee has been related to a better lifestyle and longevity for years. Nevertheless, a recent study measured an important factor that has not been included in the discussion of prolonged longevity and drinking coffee – metabolism.

The study conducted in the UK included more than 500.000 subjects in several European countries who consumed several cups of coffee per day. The study also investigated the ability of the body to metabolize caffeine. The researchers observed how the amount of coffee consumed affected longevity and health.

The results of the study indicated that coffee consumption has not a negative impact on human health. Moreover, it also showed that the subjects who drank coffee were half to die as non-drinkers. The researchers found out that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death by 6% – 14%. The study also showed that the subjects who drank more than three cups of coffee a day had a reduced risk for circulatory disease, digestive issues, suicide, liver disease, and cancer compared to non-drinkers.

In addition, the findings of the study indicated that the subjects who drank more than 8 cups of coffee per day had positive effects. Here is where the factor of metabolism is taken into consideration. The subjects, who had greater tolerance of caffeine, metabolized it more quickly and consumed large amounts of coffee per day, but they had a reduced risk of death.

Consuming coffee in moderation may be included in a healthy lifestyle. Numerous studies have shown that moderate coffee consumption has no side effects on overall human health. Drinking a couple of cups of coffee on a daily basis can do you more good than harm.