Here are the latest releases of benefits from drinking coffee:
Life Expectancy Study published in New England Journal of Medicine
Women who drink at least two cups of regular or decaf coffee a day are about 15% less likely to die over a 14-year period than are nondrinkers. Men were 10% less likely, says the large NIH/AARP Diet and Health study of persons between the ages of 50-71.
Researchers recorded reductions in deaths from diabetes, heart disease, strokes, infections and accidents
Colon Cancer Study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Those who drink at least four cups of regular or decaf coffee a day are 15% less likely to develop colon cancer over a decade than nondrinkers, according to another analysis from the NIH/AARP study.
Decaf appeared to reduce the risk of rectal cancer. Because of its many compounds, coffee may affect cancer risk for better or for worse.
Drinking tea had no effect.
Skin Cancer Study published in Cancer Research
A large study of health-care professionals suggests coffee may help prevent basal cell carcinoma, skin cancer’s least dangerous and most common form.
Those who drink three or more cups of regular coffee a day are 15% less likely to develop this cancer over 20 years than are those who drank little or non, with women benefitting more than men.
Decaf didn’t reduce risks, but other sources of caffeine were beneficial: chocolate, tea and cola.
Heart Failure Study published in Circulation: Heart Failure
Analysis of five studies, mostly from Sweden, suggest that moderate consumption of coffee, 2-4 cups a day, may reduce the risk of heart failure by 10%.
Higher rates of consumption weren’t beneficial.
Source: University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, November 2012