But is it a Healthy Habit?
“Overall, the research shows that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful; for most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good.”
–Tomas DePaulis, PhD, research scientist at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Coffee Studies.
Something to Consider
Organic coffee is always a healthier choice than conventional coffee, which is loaded with chemical toxins. Coffee beans are one of the most chemically laden crops. According to the CS Monitor (Christian Science Monitor) 250 Pounds of chemical fertilizers are sprayed on coffee beans per acre. That’s a lot of toxicity, especially if you drink coffee daily. All the coffee studies cited in this article used conventional coffee. If conventional coffee offers such stellar health benefits then logically organic coffee will do the same minus the toxic exposure. While you’re at it be sure and use purified water to make your coffee; not only will your coffee taste better, but you will avoid over 2000 nasty chemicals including fluoride.
Research Confirms a Daily Cup or More of Java is Better than None
Note: All the U.S. coffee studies cited in this article used a standard U.S. 8-ounce cup. The studies did not provide information about the type of coffee used or the method of preparation (espresso, boiled, filtered, etc.) with the exception of the Greek Study. Some researchers, for example, in the Greek study (later in the article) are curious to know what effect if any coffee brewing methods may have on the health promoting compounds in coffee.
Several large studies found that people who drink coffee live longer than those who abstain. Research shows that those who regularly drink coffee, have a lower risk of dying from serious diseases. Approximately 19,000 studies have examined the health benefits of drinking coffee.
In 2012, an innovative and very large observational coffee study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Neal D. Freedman Ph.D, et al. entitled: Association of coffee drinking with total and cause-specific mortality.
Researchers questioned 402,260 individuals between 50 and 71 years of age who were all members of the American Association of Retired Persons, about their coffee consumption habits and then did follow-ups on each study participant for approximately 12-13 years.
The study results were unanticipated… those who drank a little less than six cups of coffee significantly lowered their risk of death compared to those who drank less coffee or no coffee.
Observational studies cannot establish a cause and effect relationship between variables. However, they can reveal correlations between variables. In this study, drinking specific amounts of coffee was positively correlated with a lowered risk of death.
As the graph shows the longevity target is around 4-5 cups of coffee per day. Women who drank 2-5 cups of coffee per day reduced their risk of mortality by 16%, whereas men had a 12% reduced risk of death at the same consumption level. Drinking more than 5 cups of coffee per day showed no increased benefits.
Even moderate consumption of coffee (1 cup per day) was correlated with a 5-6% reduction in mortality.
Maybe you’re thinking it’s the caffeine that’s responsible for this effect? Guess what? It’s not the caffeine, because both decaf and regular coffee produced the exact same results.
Bottom Line: “Not only did the results show a clear association between coffee and longevity, Freedman said, but they also indicated people who drank the most coffee tended to have greatest health benefits.”
Greek Coffee, Heart Health and Longevity
A recent study found that Greek coffee may be linked to greater longevity because it protects the heart. The majority of long lived, senior citizens in Ikaria, Greece drink at least one cup daily, according to the study.
Numerous studies have already documented the unusually high rates of longevity among the elderly residents of Ikaria, a pristine island in Greece. The New York Times described Ikaria as “The Island Where People Forget to Die.” In fact, it has one of the highest longevity rates in the world. For example, 10x more Ikarians live beyond the age of 90 compared to Europeans where a mere 0.1 percent of the population is alive and kicking beyond 90. Best of all, Ikarians tend to remain robustly active and engaged in life throughout old age.
Cardiovascular researchers, led by Dr. Gerasimos Siasos of the University of Athens Medical School, decided to investigate the relationship between Ikarians’ custom of drinking Greek coffee and their health. The research team specifically targeted the relationship between coffee consumption and the endothelial layer of cells that line blood vessels to observe the effect on endothelial function. Previous studies had revealed that endothelial health was improved by moderate coffee intake, which reduced the risk of heart disease. The researchers decided to explore Ikarians’ daily habit of drinking boiled Greek coffee and the risk of heart disease as a proxy longevity factor.
The study demonstrated that 87 percent of the participants who drank boiled Greek coffee daily had better endothelial function compared to those who drank other types of coffee. Researchers noted that even those with high blood pressure had better endothelial function when they drank boiled Greek coffee.
“Boiled Greek type of coffee, which is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants and contains only a moderate amount of caffeine, seems to gather benefits compared to other coffee beverages,” Siasos stated.
Coffee is a Major Source of Antioxidants
“Coffee is a rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants. And studies have shown that it may reduce cavities, boost athletic performance, improve moods, and stop headaches — not to mention reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, liver cancer, gall stones, cirrhosis of the liver, and Parkinson’s diseases”
It’s loaded with disease fighting antioxidants. In fact coffee contains more antioxidants than blueberries and broccoli.
Coffee beans contain disease-ravaging antioxidants, called quinines, which become more potent after roasting. According to an American Chemical Society news release, coffee is the leading source of antioxidants in American diets — in part because we drink a ton of it. This type of antioxidant, along with the magnesium found naturally in coffee, affect blood sugar levels and are thought to be responsible for the link to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
NOTE: Researchers found that the coffee drinkers were less likely to die from: infections, injuries and accidents, respiratory disease, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
Coffee and Diabetes
A meta-analysis that examined data from 18 studies with a total participation of 457,922 individuals found: “… every additional cup of coffee consumed in a day was associated with a 7% reduction in the excess risk of diabetes.”
Coffee has an especially protective effect in type II diabetics. For example, in this study, diabetics who regularly drank coffee had a 30% lower risk of death during a 20 year study period.
Bottom Line: Coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 Diabetes.
Coffee Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Bottom Line: Coffee drinkers have a significantly lower risk of succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease, which is the primary cause of dementia worldwide.
Coffee and Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, right after Alzheimer’s. It’s characterized by the death of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain.
Same as with Alzheimer’s, mainstream medicine has no cure, which makes it that much more important to focus on prevention.
Bottom Line: Those who drank Coffee (with caffeine) lowered their risk of Parkinson’s disease by an impressive 60%. It’s the second most common neurodegenerative disorder.
Coffee and Various Types of Cancer
Coffee was found to be protective against liver cancer, the third leading cause of disease and colorectal cancer the 4th leading cause of disease.
A very large study consisting of 489,706 subjects found that those who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
Bottom Line: Coffee drinkers have a statistically significant lower risk of liver and colorectal cancer.
Another study found that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of premature death from all causes.
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Paul Fassa is a contributing staff writer for REALfarmacy.com. His pet peeves are the Medical Mafia’s control over health and the food industry and government regulatory agencies’ corruption. Paul’s valiant contributions to the health movement and global paradigm shift are world renowned. Visit his blog by following this link and follow him on Twitter here.