According to a Spanish study drinking four cups of coffee a day will make you live longer.
. Researchers found that drinking more coffee could significantly lower a person’s risk of mortality.
Investigators presented the results of the observational study of almost 20,000 participants at the annual European Society of Cardiology conference.
But the British Heart Foundation has warned against coffee drinkers “resting on their laurels”, adding: “The best way to minimise your risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death is to concentrate on an overall healthy lifestyle – eat a balanced diet, stay active and don’t smoke – rather than lining up the lattes”.
The observational study of nearly 20,000 participants suggests that coffee can be part of a healthy diet.
Researchers analysed 19,896 participants whose average age at enrolment was 37.7 years old.
The long-term study analyzed participants over the course of ten years, with information such as coffee consumption, lifestyle and sociodemographic characteristics, anthropometric measurements, previous health conditions, and mortality rates being tracked at regular intervals.
‘In the SUN project we found an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of all-cause mortality, particularly in people aged 45 years and above.
But the findings echoes United Kingdom research, which shows two daily cups cut the risk of premature death by up to a fifth.
Lead author Dr Adela Navarro said she believed the antioxidants in coffee, which come in the form of polyphenols, which caused the effect.
In the past, one study surveyed more than 520,000 people in 10 European countries, making it the largest study to date on coffee and mortality.
Scientists believe naturally-occurring compounds found in coffee called polyhenols aid wellbeing, by improving liver function and boosting the immune system.
And those drinking four cups had a 64 per cent relative drop in death risk, compared with those who never or rarely consumed coffee, meaning they had an absolute death risk of well under 1 per cent.
The objective of the latest research was to see if middle-aged Mediterranean participants received the same benefits from drinking a hot cup of Joe as participants in previous studies.
We already know that coffee may counter age-related inflammation, which puts more people in early graves than any other symptom.