People once thought caffeine was bad for you. But hey, things change — and in this particular case, it's for the better, for coffee lovers at least.
Incidentally, many people are lovers of the dark brew, and you'd struggle to find a whole lot who don't enjoy a nice, hot cup of one of various grounds anywhere.
The subject of coffee and caffeine has always been one for debate and regularly splits the opinion. Yet researchers from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health have discovered that coffee consumption is linked with a lowered risk of early death, save accidents and stuff of that sort.
According to Independent UK, said researchers claim that drinking up to seven cups per day could reduce death rates by 16 percent. For your average coffee fan, there's not much math to be done here — it's as simple as upping the intake to three or four extra cups. But the UK Food Standards Agence recommends just half of that.
So, how did the above institutes come up with the seven-cup prescription? It actually took around a decade for the relevant data to be produced.
The teams of researchers used information and records from the UK Biobank, an avenue at which at least 500,000 adults between the ages of 38 and 73 filled out health questionnaires, had physical checks and provided various samples.
Each individual was questioned about their smoking and drinking habits, as well as how many cups of coffee they consumed every day and whether it was decaffeinated, ground or instant.
In the 10-year period that followed, around 14,200 of those persons died, but the researchers discovered that those who drank more coffee had lived longer. In fact, participants who drank eight cups or more a day saw death rates decrease by 14 percent, but those who consumed around the six or seven cup range had it cut by 16 percent.
Two to five cups a day reduced death rates by 15 percent, while one cup or less than one cup showed an eight and six percent decrease, respectively.
A previous report from PLOS Biology associated caffeine intake with improved heart rate, while another team of researchers from Heinrich-Heine-University and the IUF-Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Germany reported that the consumption of four cups daily could protect cardiovascular cells from damage and even facilitate repair.
If you were looking for an excuse to double or even triple your coffee intake, then here you go. Of course, you might find that it keeps you up all night, but you might also discover that it does not.