The pile of scientific evidence suggesting drinking coffee decreases mortality keeps growing taller, as just this week two more studies have been released affirming the association between coffee consumption and defying certain deadly diseases.
One study surveyed more than half a million people in 10 European countries, with a follow-up survey 16 years later. Representing the largest study on coffee and mortality to date, the study found that those who drank coffee were less likely to die from a number of causes, and that the results did not vary between countries.
The study found that coffee consumption was associated with reduced incidence of liver disease, suicide in men, certain cancers in women, and diseases of the circulatory and digestive systems. Additionally, the study found that three cups or more per day was associated with reduced risk of death from any cause.
A second study led by researchers at the
“Until now, few data have been available on the association between coffee consumption and mortality in nonwhites in the
Numerous other studies have suggested why coffee may make people live longer, and one recent study took the research a step further in discovering that lighter roasts may have more death-defying benefits than darker roasts.
Neither of these new studies explored causation, although
“Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention,” Setiawan said. “Although this study does not show causation or point to what chemicals in coffee may have this ‘elixir effect,’ it is clear that coffee can be incorporated into a healthy diet and lifestyle.”
Both of these new studies were published yesterday in the journal “Annals of Internal Medicine.”