May 21st, 2012 11:22 EST
Drinking Coffee Every Day May Help Keep the Doctor Away
If you`re like the average person or if you`re anything like me, I have to have that coffee first thing in the morning to get me jump started. I don`t just drink a cup of coffee and head out the door I end up drinking just about the pot of it.
I used to worry that maybe I was turning myself into a laboratory experiment by drinking too much coffee and ingesting way too much caffeine; you know how scientists feed laboratory animals way too much of something and then those animals end up in the long run getting get cancer or whatever. Then science blames the laboratory animals disease they just were diagnosed with on the loads of substances they were being fed to them for months and months. I figured I may be feeding myself too much coffee and I may end up with some weird disease as a result of my overabundance coffee habit but lately I have proven myself wrong.
It turns out that coffee has many potential benefits to it. According to Science Daily (2012) Older adults who drank coffee -- caffeinated or decaffeinated -- had a lower risk of death overall than others who did not drink coffee, according a study by researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and AARP. (Science Daily, 2012)
Wow! So us coffee drinkers now have a little spunk in our morning coffee habit and a little good news to go along with the spunkiness. I know the amount of coffee I drink before 9:00 am gives me a ton of spunk and takes the place of anything a multiple vitamin could give me but I am not saying to replace drinking coffee with taking your daily multiple vitamins if you take vitamins.
And there even more good news. Coffee drinkers are less likely to die from many diseases like heart disease, stroke, accidents, diabetes, and certain types of infections. The one element science is still studying about the benefits of drinking coffee is can it help prevent cancer but that has not been proven yet or even researched. Don`t confuse this information about drinking coffee with coffee helps make you live longer because that also has not been proven. The results of this study can be read in the May 17, 2012 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.
The continued research included examining the association between coffee drinking and the risk of death in 400,000 U.S. men and women who were between the ages of 50 " 71 years old. The data on the research was collected and the researchers found that there was an association between coffee and the reduction in the risk of death increased with the amount of coffee consumed. The men and women who drank coffee and consumed three cups or more per day had approximately a ten-percent lower risk of death then those who do not drink coffee at all.
Neal Freedman, PhD, who works for the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetic, NCI, had this to say, "Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in America, but the association between coffee consumption and risk of death has been unclear. We found coffee consumption to be associated with lower risk of death overall, and of death from a number of different causes," said Freedman. "Although we cannot infer a causal relationship between coffee drinking and lower risk of death, we believe these results do provide some reassurance that coffee drinking does not adversely affect health." (Freedman, N., 2012) So, at the very least coffee may be good for you and it may decrease your risk of death from varying diseases but at the very least coffee drinking is not bad for you which to me and probably a billion other people is a good sign and good to know.
You do have to take into account though about this study and research that the researchers do caution that the coffee intake of the men and women studies was assessed by self-report and a single point meaning that the study`s results may have been looked at during any point in time whether a week after the study or two-weeks and so on and the results that were found may not reflect any long-term results that may have been found if the results were assessed at a later time in the research and study.
Neal Freedman also went on to say, "The mechanism by which coffee protects against risk of death -- if indeed the finding reflects a causal relationship -- is not clear, because coffee contains more than 1,000 compounds that might potentially affect health," said Freedman. "The most studied compound is caffeine, although our findings were similar in those who reported the majority of their coffee intake to be caffeinated or decaffeinated." (Freedman, N., 2012)
So, I am not saying to get up every morning, hit the ground running to the kitchen or your local Starbucks and order a ton of coffee to live longer, per this information in the research you may be able to at least get up out of bed, put on your slippers, and stroll to the kitchen, pet your dog, plug in the coffee pot, turn it on and go do your business you do in the morning while that java flows smoothly into your coffee pot. Then, once ready; pour yourself a cup of nature`s buzz juice (coffee buzz) and sit back and let the natural wonders of coffee fill your inner soul with many health benefits or at the very least let the coffee give you that needed morning coffee buzz and lift to get you on your way to your very busy day.
Science Daily, Your Source for the Latest Research News, Coffee and Your Health.
(www.sciencedaily.com). the quotes from Neal Freedman, PhD used in my article came from this article on Science Daily. Retrieved 2012.
Keep an eye out for my next book: It will have a little in it for everyone`s taste and a lot in it for the action and adventure lovers out there. I am in the process of writing it now and is a slow go so hopefully will be out sometime at the end of the year or early next year.