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Study: Four Cups Coffee a Day Could Lower Death Risk

Study: Four Cups Coffee a Day Could Lower Death Risk
A study says four cups of coffee a day could lower the risk of death. (Amenic181/Dreamstime)

By    |   Monday, 28 August 2017 05:22 PM

A new study by Spanish researchers shows drinking four cups of coffee a day was associated with a lower risk of death.

The researchers presented the study, which followed nearly 20,000 middle-aged participants for an average of 10 years, during the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona.

Participants who drank four cups of coffee each day were 64 percent less likely to die than those who never or rarely drank coffee, the study said. For participants age 45 and older, two additional cups of coffee per day lowered their risk by an additional 30 percent.

“Our finding suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people,” said Hospital de Navarra cardiologist Dr. Adela Navarro.

The study was observational, so it could not conclude definitively that coffee was the reason for reduced death risk, but other studies in the U.S. have found similar trends.

Previous studies showed coffee reduced inflammation, boosted the immune system, and improved liver function. It is believed that a number of compounds in coffee, including caffeine, diterpenes, and antioxidants, may have positive and protective effects on the body.

“Coffee drinkers should not rest on their laurels. The best way to minimize your risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death is to concentrate on an overall healthy lifestyle — eat a balanced diet, stay active, and don’t smoke — rather than lining up the lattes,” Professor Metin Avikiran of the British Heart Foundation said, National Post reported.

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