(ORDO NEWS) — Drinking two to three cups of coffee a day can increase life expectancy and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a large study.
A team of scientists from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Research Institute, Australia found that drinking two to three cups of coffee a day was associated with increased life expectancy and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD): findings apply to ground, instant and decaffeinated coffee.
The benefits of coffee
Published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the paper shows an association between coffee types, CVD and death, using data from the British Biobank on 449,563 people aged 40 to 69 who did not have CVD.
Participants completed a questionnaire by answering how many cups of coffee they drink each day and whether they usually drink instant, ground (eg cappuccino or filter coffee) or decaffeinated coffee.
Coffee drinkers were compared to non-drinkers based on gender, ethnicity, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking status, tea consumption, and alcohol consumption. The median follow-up was 12.5 years.
You will be healthy!
“In our large study, ground, instant and decaffeinated coffee were associated with an equivalent reduction in CVD and cardiovascular mortality,” said study author Professor Peter Kistler.
“The results indicate that mild to moderate consumption of ground, instant and decaffeinated coffee should be considered as part of a healthy lifestyle.”
Professor Kistler also notes , “Caffeine is the most well-known component of coffee, but the drink also contains more than 100 biologically active components.
It is likely that caffeine-free compounds are responsible for the positive effects. Our results show that moderate amounts of coffee should not be discouraged: two to three cups a day.”
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