New studies from the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the Keck School of Medicine suggest drinking coffee may lead to a longer life and protect you from cancer and disease
A recent study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine is showing a association between drinking coffee and having a lower risk of death due to kidney disease, heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and respiratory disease.
The conclusions were based on data from the Multiethnic Cohort Study, a joint effort between the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the Keck School of Medicine.
“Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention”
The ongoing Study has more than 215,000 participants and prides itself as one of the most ethnically diverse studies examining diet, lifestyle and risk factors that may lead to cancer and disease. Coffee consumption amongst African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Latinos and Caucasians all showed a decrease in mortality rates.
“Lower mortality was present regardless of whether people drank regular or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine” said Veronica W. Setiawan, the lead author of the study and an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
USC and other universities have previously published research suggesting that drinking coffee is associated with a reduced risk of various types of cancer, liver disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease.
“Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention” Setiawan said. “Although this study does not show causation or point to what chemicals in coffee may have this ‘elixir effect,’ it is clear that coffee can be incorporated into a healthy diet and lifestyle.”
Incorporating a cup of coffee and other antioxidant rich teas in your daily lifestyle is looking like a powerful tool to optimize your health.