In addition to its hangover healing powers, coffee consumption has been linked to preventing liver cancer, soothing computer work pain and helping to ease depression symptoms. The latest study on the beans, reported by the Chicago Tribune, may be the most encouraging yet, with evidence suggesting that people who drink coffee live longer than people who don't. Better get that IRA up and running.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, led by Dr. Frank Hu, tracked over 200,000 health care professionals in the United States over 30 years, during which time 32,000 passed away. The team discovered that nonsmoking individuals who consumed a moderate amount of coffee daily (one to five cups) over the entire study period were less likely to die or develop conditions such as heart disease or neurological diseases like Alzheimer's by 15%.
Decaf naysayers will also be silenced by these findings, as the team recorded the same result for non-caffeinated coffee consumption as well, pointing to something inside the bean itself that's offering up these benefits.
Before you replace all beverages in your life with lattes, there are some conditions. First, those of us opting for a "Regular Coffee" should be advised that cream and sugar offer little in the way of heart and health benefits. Secondly, don't use this news as an excuse to stay up all night and let coffee do the heavy-lifting the next day. "There's a difference between a person who gets little sleep, then uses coffee to function during the day, and a person who sleeps well, exercises and eats a balanced diet that includes some coffee."