If you’re like me, there’s a new reason (and health benefit) to waking up and smelling the coffee.
Researchers conducted and followed up with new findings out this week from a 30 year study in the journal Circulation-done on 208,500 men and women coffee drinkers (who drank 1-5 cups per day) and followed up with them every 3-4 years.
The research found that (non smoking) drinkers consuming coffee had a lower risk of death as, coffee was found to decrease insulin in the blood and lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, brain conditions and suicide.
Although the study only link these findings (versus them being a direct correlation to lowering these risks) scientists determined that the compounds in coffee [beans’] ability the lower insulin resistance and inflammation resulted in better health–by which insulin and inflammation are direct causes of conditions such as heart disease and diabetes (and perhaps, as coffee is a caffeinated beverage, it acts a serotonin booster-located in the brain-which of course helps fights depression?).
Although the study admits it wasn’t conducted to find a direct benefit from drinking coffee, but it found that the combined compounds found in coffee beans: antioxidants-good for brain health, anti-inflammation agents-good for lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes (and perhaps the caffeine boosting serotonin levels in the brain-good for fighting depression thus preventing suicide).
The other interesting find was that, as one would think these benefits only applied to caffeinated coffee, interestingly, these subjects studied were both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee drinkers. Researchers noted: the researchers write (as a result of that), “other components in coffee besides caffeine might play a beneficial role mediating the association between long-term coffee consumption and risk of mortality.”
(Either that or, considering caffeine from coffee hasn’t been known to cause any deaths, could it be that it’s a well-kept secret that there’s no such thing as a decaffeinated coffee bean and all these years they’ve been just telling and selling us that belief that there is?). LoL.
Let the record state that this finding is the antithesis of previous studies from the 70s and 80s that determined coffee was linked to higher rates of cancer and heart disease however, those studies didn’t take into account their cigarette smoking subjects who too, may have engaged in other habits contributing to heart disease and other conditions that weren’t considered in those studies.
This study noted that still, it’s all about moderation and so says the authors who published the study: “results from this and previous studies indicate that coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle” ..which (in other words) reads like everything else and every other health benefit study: A ‘diet of eating right and in moderation, incorporated with exercise’ is the main thing-as, all else is the just an added benefit rather than a substitute any more than a exercise won’t beat out or substitute a bad diet.
(I’m assuming the next study in the next 30 years is going to remember to do its next study on strictly black coffee drinkers considering all the adding sugar-laden stuff we have on the market to put in our coffee today. So just like then “oh…they forgot the separate their smoking v. no-smoking subjects, in the next 30 years THIS very study will have the mention “oh…they forget to separate their black coffee drinkers from the ones who doused their coffee with unhealthy
creams, syrups and sugars).
See yous back in 30.
Mark my word.
Artist atop OSF big screen: Heavy D (R.I.P)