Can Coffee Boost Brain Health And Help You Live Longer?
Coffee is without any doubt one of the most popular drinks on the planet…. but what you may not know is that its more than just a caffeine rich pick me up… it also contains many other health giving nutrients that can have crucial benefits to our health and longevity.
Recent studies have shown that those who drink coffee daily have a reduced risk of developing diseases such as Diabetes and Alzheimers…
Coffee is rich in not just natural stimulants such as caffeine, it is also packed with antioxidants that help to protect and repair our cells from damage caused by everyday toxins in the environment (pollution being possibly the largest source of these toxins)
Toxin related oxidation is believed to be one of the largest cause of age related diseases, and both cancer and heart disease… The Antioxidants in coffee can help remove the toxins ( AKA free radicals) that can cause the harm to our cells – particularly those in our brain..
Did You Know
Coffee is the largest source of antioxidants in the western diet.. it even outranks vegetables and fruit.
There are several studies that have demonstrated that those who drink coffee are more likely to live longer.. one of the largest studies was published in the New England Journal of Medicine
This observational study followed a massive number of over 402,000 people aged between 50 and 71..they were tracked for 13 years, and over that period, it was discovered that those who drank more coffee were likely to live longer..
The (for want of a better phrase) sweet spot appears to be 4-5 cups per day… men who drank this amount are 12% less likely to die earlier and women benefited even more at 16%..
The study showed that even drinking 1 cup a day reduced the possibility of an early death by up to 5%..
When the study looked at the actual causes of early death, it was discovered that coffee drinkers were less likely to die from infections, respiratory problems, stroke, heart disease and alzheimers..
The benefit cannot ( I understand) be attributed to caffeine intake as the effects were virtually the same in both regular coffee drinkers and those who drank decaffeinated .
Naturally this is just one study and an observational one as well, but the feedback is encouraging and at least it appears that coffee is not quite the villain that it has often been made out to be….