Learn about a Stanford Medicine study which links caffeine consumption to longevity. Marc from WholeLatteLove.com tells you about research that may have discovered the reason why people who drink coffee tend to live longer than those who do not.
Can caffeine help you live longer? Stick around and I’ll tell you about some exciting new research that suggests it might. But first a quick story of the origins my interest in caffeine.
So like many of us, I’ve had a long relationship with the world’s most popular mind altering substance. It began in college with procrastination driven late night cramming for exams. Then in my mid twenties I was diagnosed with cluster headaches a form of migraine which produced the most severe pain I have ever experienced. Now one of the first medications I was given to treat the headaches was cafergot. It’s a combination of caffeine and ergot which comes from a fungus which grows on rye and related plants. It worked like a charm for a few months. So being curious, I wanted to know why and since that time I’ve paid special attention to the health benefits of caffeine.
Now I’m not a medical researcher, just an interested observer. But when I hear of a potential health benefit of caffeine I read the layman's version of the research and share it with others so they can make their own determination.
So the latest potentially good news: Stanford University School of Medicine scientists have unearthed a connection between advancing age, systemic inflammation, cardiovascular disease and coffee consumption. I’ve put a link in the video description to the article from the Stanford Medicine News Center so you can get all the details.
And I urge you to read that link. In short the study implicates the inflammatory process as a driver of cardiovascular disease and increased rates of mortality overall. It suggests that caffeine may counter the inflammatory process, possibly explaining why coffee drinkers trend to live longer than abstainers
To peak your interest a couple of quotes from the study's lead author from Stanford, David Furman PhD: he says
“More than 90 percent of all noncommunicable diseases of aging are associated with chronic inflammation,”
“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 again, I’m not a medical researcher so read the article and draw your own conclusions. But maybe, just maybe the coffee you enjoy so much can help you live longer too.
Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll be back soon for more of the good stuff on everything coffee brought to you by Whole Latte Love.