Can Drinking Coffee Help You Live Longer?


An article in the January 30, 2017 edition of Time magazine asks (and answers) the question:  Is coffee the latest antidote to aging?  

Author Alice Park notes that "There's growing evidence that a daily jolt of java may be a healthy habit, thanks to its ability to keep heart vessels clear and lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes, as well as its cancer-fighting antioxidants."  She goes on to state that coffee also appears to help combat aging.

The study she cites focused on the cells of coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers.  It found that older people who consumed more caffeine tended to have lower levels of inflammation--the culprit behind a number of chronic diseases associated with aging, including certain cancers, joint disorders, and even Alzheimer's.   In the study, people who drank the equivalent of five or more cups of coffee a day showed very low levels of inflammatory factors in their blood.  Caffeine, the scientists suspect, turns off the pathway to inflammation almost altogether.

Another reason to enjoy a cup (or two!) of the world's finest coffee from Kona, Hawai'i.