“Coffee May Help Prolong Life”

According to some studies, coffee is in the “almost to good to be true” category, as reliable evidence is becoming available supporting its health promoting potential. Coffee is the leading worldwide beverage and its trade exceeds US $10 billion. Currently, 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day. Americans average 3.1 cups a day and the average size of a cup is 9 oz. One recent study found that regularly drinking coffee was linked with a decreased risk of developing heart failure and strokes and it may help regulate blood sugar levels. However, this data cannot conclusively identify cause and effect. Recently, Prof. Miguel Martínez-González — from the University of Navarra in Spain — presented unpublished research suggesting that drinking coffee is associated with a reduced risk of death. Prof. Martínez-González has found that drinking between three and six cups of coffee per day can reduce all-cause mortality. For each two additional cups of coffee per day, the risk of death is reduced by as much as 22%. More than one study found that drinking coffee was tied to a lower death risk. Various meta-analyses found that coffee drinkers had up to a 17% lower risk of death from all causes, compared with people who did not drink coffee.

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