Coffee lovers may live a longer and healthier life

Coffee lovers may live a longer and healthier life

Coffee lovers may live a longer and healthier life, according to the latest research from the Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection.

Coffee has shown much health benefits lately and is a huge part of the American lifestyle. According to Harvard research, 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day.

The beverage used to be very controversial, as some believed that it caused cancer. In June of last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) finally cleared it up once and for all that coffee does not cause cancer.

Researchers have found yet another reason to drink more coffee, adding to the list of many benefits.

Caffeine may help fight systemic inflammation in older adults, according to the new research. The researchers discovered that a natural process that occurs in genes of some older adults leads to more inflammation. According to the study, this inflammation may be a major risk factor for heart disease.

The research team examined the blood of younger adults versus older adults to find which genes were more active in older adults. The blood samples of older participants who regularly consumed caffeinated beverages had lower levels of inflammation.

Our findings show that an underlying inflammatory process, which is associated with aging, is not only driving cardiovascular disease but is, in turn, driven by molecular events that we may be able to target and combat,” said Mark Davis, PhD, a professor of microbiology and immunology and the director of the Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection.

The older participants with lower levels of inflammation had fewer stiff arteries. Stiff arteries are usually a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

The relationship between caffeine consumption and lower inflammatory state was rather linear, so the more caffeinated drinks the subjects consumed, the lower their inflammatory state,” senior study author David Furman said.

The study showing that coffee lovers may live a longer and healthier life was published in the journal Nature Medicine.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Caffeine May Counter Age-related Inflammation.” Stanford Medicine News Center. Stanford University, 16 Jan. 1970. Web. 20 Jan. 2017.
2. “Coffee Lovers Might Live Longer, Healthier Lives.” HuffingtonPost.com. The Huffington Post, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2017.
3. “Expression of Specific Inflammasome Gene Modules Stratifies Older Individuals into Two Extreme Clinical and Immunological States.” Nature.com. Macmillan Publishers, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2017.

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