Your Love of Coffee Might Actually Make You Live Longer

Coffee addicts, rejoice! If you’ve ever had someone call you out on being a coffee addict, you may now have the perfect rebuttal. We know it makes us feel good, but now there is evidence that it can help us live longer too.

A new study from scientists at Stanford University School Of Medicine suggests that caffeine may be effective in working against inflammation and cardiovascular disease as we age. For the study, which was published online in the journal Nature Medicine, researchers looked at blood samples of about 100 people, of all ages. The researchers found that older people who had lower levels of inflammation had one thing in common: They all drank caffeine regularly. The study also provides evidence that caffeine and its metabolites may counter the action of these circulating nucleic-acid metabolites, possibly explaining why coffee drinkers tend to live longer than those who did not drink coffee.

“More than 90 percent of all noncommunicable diseases of aging are associated with chronic inflammation,” said the study’s lead author, David Furman, Ph.D., in a press release. “It’s also well-known that caffeine intake is associated with longevity–Many studies have shown this association. We’ve found a possible reason for why this may be so.”

So, while the age-old question of whether coffee is good for you or bad for you can still be contentious, this new research has found that you probably don’t have to feel too bad about that second cup of wondrous coffee. We know it makes us feel good, but now there is evidence that it can help us live longer today.

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