It’s typical to come across reports showing the health benefits of tea. But when it comes to coffee? You probably won’t hear that it’s “bad” for you, but it’s also not something you usually consider part of a healthy diet plan. But two recent studies have found that drinking coffee can actually help you live longer.
In the largest study of it’s kind, researchers observed the relationship between coffee consumption and mortality. Over 500,000 study participants, living across 10 European countries, were examined.
The research found that drinking coffee “was associated with reduced risk for death from various causes.” And their findings were consistent across the 10 different countries.
The second study, which surveyed close to 200,000 individuals from non-white populations, found that even though these people lived different lifestyles and had different diets, drinking coffee was still associated with a lower risk of mortality.
So, just how much coffee were the study participants drinking? On average, each person drank two to four cups per day, giving them nearly 20 percent lower risk of death.
Therefore, drinking coffee increases longevity, while lowering risks for stroke, heart disease, respiratory and kidney disease, as well as cancer.
At this point, further studies are necessary to better understand how the compounds present in coffee help to reduce mortality. For now, co-author of the European study, Marc Gunter, says that “the takeaway message would be that drinking a couple cups of coffee a day doesn’t do you any harm, and actually, it might be doing you some good.”