Why You Should Drink Coffee If You Are Over 45
Many people believe that drinking a lot of coffee may be very harmful for the body. However, the latest scientific studies claim the opposite. Namely, regular consumption of coffee can be really beneficial for people over 45.
A 10-year study has shown that people who drink 4 cups of coffee per day have a 64% lower risk of mortality.
According to the study, there was no such association seen in adults younger than 45.
The study began in 1999 and its purpose was to discover how a decade of coffee intake affects the health of the participants. The study involved 20.000 people from the Mediterranean region and people from many other regions as well.
Before the observation, participants were supposed to complete a questionnaire and give information regarding their lifestyle, coffee consumption, socio-demographic characteristics, previous health conditions and anthropometric measurements. They were followed up for 10 years.
Although these factors were taken into consideration, they actually didn’t have any impact on the lowered risk of mortality.
According to the results, participants who drank at least 4 cups of coffee per day had 64% lower risk of mortality. Moreover, the risk decreased by 22% when the participants drank 6 cups of coffee per day.
The decreased risk of mortality was evident in patients who were at the age of 45 when the study began. However, coffee didn’t have any significant impact on lowering or increasing the risk of mortality in patients younger than 40.
Other coffee studies
According to a study published in 2017, 400 mg of caffeine per day is safe for most people, except for the pregnant women.
A study that involved participants from different regions, such as Native Hawaiians, Latinos, Caucasians, Japanese-Americans and African-Americans, showed a correlation between low mortality risk and high coffee consumption for everyone, except for Native Hawaiians.
Another study involved people from 10 different countries throughout Europe and it showed that there is a correlation between the low risk of mortality and coffee consumption and this correlation had no variance between the European countries.
This study also showed that coffee lovers are less likely to suffer from inflammation. They have better glucose control and healthier lipid profiles in comparison to those who don’t drink coffee.
The health benefits of coffee
Coffee is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants that have a positive impact on our health. A cup of coffee contains healthy amounts of pantothenic acid, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, niacin and manganese.
According to one study, coffee can effectively protect your body from numerous health issues, for example:
• It helps you to lose the excess body weight
• Fights inflammation
• Encourages the restoration of red blood cells
• Improves the concentrations of glutathione and the levels of vitamin E in the body
• Boosts the energy
• Improves the cognitive function
• Encourages metabolism to break down the body fat, thus turning it into fuel
• Lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes
• Lowers the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease by 60%
• Prevents cavities and periodontal diseases
• Prevents cancer
Four or more cups of coffee per day prevent depression, keep the liver health and lower the risk of various cancerous diseases. Coffee drinkers also have stronger DNA and lower risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis.
Additives are harmful and not the coffee itself
Coffee itself doesn’t compromise our health and it has numerous health benefits due to its antioxidant properties. However, people usually consume coffee filled with artificial sweeteners that are high in calories and other stimulants. They are linked to various health risks and endanger our overall health.
Instead of using artificial sweeteners and sugar, make sure you add stevia to your coffee. It is a plant-derived, natural sweetener which has no calories or side effects.
Also, make sure you consume organic coffee only, since it is free of synthetic fertilizers and chemicals. The conventionally grown coffee is filled with chemicals and it is considered as one of the most chemically contaminated food items in the world.