I don’t mean to brag. But I might’ve accidentally stumbled onto the fountain of youth – the ultimate key to staying young and living longer.
I wasn’t looking for it, mind you. Heck, I was just looking for breakfast and a little help waking up in the morning.
And if you know me at all, you might already know where I’m going with this. Because this fountain of youth isn’t bubbling with plain old water. It’s overflowing with coffee.
Coffee is my absolute favorite beverage for morning wake-ups and beyond.
We already know a daily java habit is a healthy one. There’s a ton of research backing that up. But the new study takes it to the next level.
The latest research reveals coffee could be the secret to fighting off the biggest risk of aging. Yes, my friend, your morning cup of Joe could, quite literally, help you cheat death itself.
How coffee could add years to your life
As much as I love coffee, I don’t just drink it for the taste or rely on it only because it helps keep me alert.
As a proud science nerd, I stay on top of the research behind my favorite beverage. And that growing stack of studies has me convinced that you won’t get a better health boost for your buck from anything else out there.
The new study not only appears to confirm my suspicions. It goes even further.
Researchers carefully examined data on 171,000 Brits tracked for up to seven years. They were looking to spot any consistent patterns in who lived and who died over that time. And coffee stood out like a sore thumb.
Folks who knocked back between 2.5 and 4.5 cups a day of unsweetened coffee were 29 percent less likely to die over the study period.
Adding sugar reduced that benefit. But interestingly, it didn’t eliminate it entirely.
Although most of the folks in the study who sweetened their coffee added just a single spoonful of sugar. In other words, it wasn’t anywhere near the insane amounts of sweetener found in those coffee-flavored drinks from the big chain stores.
Your best bet is to do away with the sweeteners entirely if you can.
Bring on this breakfast brew’s benefits
The study also resolved one of the biggest brew-ha-has in coffee research. It’s the REASON for the brew’s benefits.
Some have argued it’s not the coffee itself but the caffeine. And it’s true that caffeine potentially has some benefits for our brains, blood vessels, and beyond. But in this study, even the decaf drinkers lived longer, a strong sign that it’s the coffee itself delivering the oomph.
That makes sense to me. After all, coffee is loaded with heart-friendly nutrients such as niacin and a blend of minerals known to help ward off cancer, too. Which already sets coffee up to be a tonic against two of the world’s top causes of death.
The new study was observational, not a clinical trial, of course. In other words, it wasn’t designed to specifically show cause and effect. Instead, observational studies highlight relationships between things.
Then, as you eliminate other factors that could affect your results… things like age, education, whether someone smokes or not, and other health factors… you can get an idea of how strong those links are. And this one was practically iron clad.
For five more incredible health benefits of coffee, see my earlier report here.
No, coffee won’t actually make us live forever. But it looks like it sure could help us tack on a few more healthy and fulfilling years.
And given all the other coffee research I’ve seen, I’ve already reached my own conclusion about my favorite brew. And that is that it’s time for another cup. Care to join me?