New Research Shows Why Coffee Drinkers May Live Longer

Almost every day we have more news about the health benefits of coffee. Most recently, news about coffee and it's positive impact on aging has been in the news. Now researchers have found a correlation between inflammation that comes with many diseases and coffee consumption. 

A new study was just published led by Stanford University researchers. The study focused on blood analysis, medical history, and surveys of 100 people. The researchers believe they have found a possible explanation for why coffee drinkers tend to live longer on average than non coffee drinkers. 

“That something many people drink — and actually like to drink — might have a direct benefit came as a surprise to us,” said Mark Davis, a senior author of the study, noting that it did not provide a causal link. “What we’ve shown is a correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity. And we’ve shown more rigorously, in laboratory tests, a very plausible mechanism for why this might be so.”

The researchers noted evidence suggesting that the vast majority of noncommunicable diseases associated with aging — including many cancers, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis and even depression — are actually the result of chronic inflammation.

This study notes that coffee may be a pathway to reducing a chronic inflammatory process that occurs in some, but not all, older people. “It’s also well-known that caffeine intake is associated with longevity,” said the study’s lead author, David Furman. “Many studies have shown this association. We’ve found a possible reason for why this may be so.”

More good news for coffee drinkers.