Can Caffeinating Help You Live Longer?

57093e1a11b870ab0fc685c5c3ffbf509774607a_fotolia_72647032_subscription_monthly_mIf you drink coffee every morning you may increasing your life span, just make sure you’re taking in the right amount of one key ingredient.

Anyone who’s ever had to pull all-nighters or work a tough shift knows that coffee can be a savior when your brain wants to power down. The caffeine within coffee helps perk us up when we’re feeling drowsy, and stay focused when we’d rather be sleeping.

The Stats
Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world every day. While baristas can dress up your coffee with everything from chocolate chips to caramel swirls, most people don’t drink coffee for the flavor they drink it for the caffeine.

An average 8-oz cup of coffee has around 85 to 100 milligrams (mg) of caffeine, stimulating your central nervous system for up to six hours.

The average American adult drinks about 300 mg of caffeine each day, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

While your dependency on coffee may seem alarming to you, it could actually help you avoid a variety of health conditions. Just make sure it contains the right amount of caffeine.

Several studies suggest that caffeine can help prevent chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and certain cancers.

Benefits of Coffee
A 2014 study showed that people who increased their daily coffee intake by more than one cup over a period of four years had an 11% lower risk for type 2 diabetes than those who did not increase their coffee consumption.

Cancer patients can also benefit from increased coffee consumption according to the World Cancer Research Fund. Evidence shows that regular coffee intake may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, like colon and liver cancer.

While coffee stimulates the central nervous system, releases free fatty acids from fatty tissue, and increases urination, it’s unclear if it helps protect your heart, according to the American Heart Association.

Take a sip for us
Considering all the health benefits associated with coffee, feel free to enjoy that cup of Joe, and take a sip for us. Just remember that adding whipped cream, chocolate curls and/or caramel can cancel out any potential health benefits. Try to avoid ordering a Frappuccino, and limit the added to sip without guilt.

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References
Diabetologia. “Changes in Coffee Intake and Subsequent Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.”July 2014, Volume 57, Issue 7, pp 1346-1354.
Heart.org: “Caffeine and Heart Disease”
En.wikipedia.org: “Economics of Coffee”

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