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Coffee is something almost we all begin our day with. However, it is widely believed Coffee may not help you sleep if you drink it late in the day, but a new study suggests it helps us live longer and the reason is it protects us against age-related conditions such as dementia, cancer and heart disease.
According to Daily Mail, scientists from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. carried out a ten-year study that involved more than 10,000 people. These showed that the more coffee — whether regular or decaf — that people drank, the less likely they were to die prematurely from any illness.
One cup a day reduced the risk of dying early by eight per cent. Two to five cups reduced the risk by 12 per cent, while six cups reduced the risk by 16 per cent. Eight cups or more reduce the risk by 14 per cent.What the study didn’t identify was the ingredient in coffee that seems to have this life-enhancing effect.
However, it did reveal that the beneficial effects held true whether it was ground, instant or, crucially, decaffeinated — which researchers said suggests it may not be the caffeine that’s providing the anti-aging magic.
The benefits are most likely due to polyphenols, chemicals that occur naturally in plants. Numerous studies have shown that polyphenols protect against inflammation in the body. This can cause, or be triggered, by conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Last year, scientists at Stanford University, California, reported that coffee could dampen down ‘internal’ inflammation and potentially protect against age-related illness. They tracked 100 people over the age of 60 using annual health surveys and regular blood tests. The results, published in Nature Medicine, showed those consuming the most coffee had lower levels of inflammation likely to cause serious illness.
Further evidence of coffee’s anti-aging prowess came from another recent study from Brigham Young University.
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Author: Akshita Jain
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