If you've been feeling guilty about breaking your no-caffeine resolution, don't worry: A new study published by the Stanford University School of Medicine says that coffee may actually be saving your health, and your youth, every morning.
“More than 90 percent of all noncommunicable diseases of aging are associated with chronic inflammation,” said the study’s lead author, David Furman, PhD, a consulting associate professor at the Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection. "“It’s also well-known that caffeine intake is associated with longevity,” Furman said. “Many studies have shown this association. We’ve found a possible reason for why this may be so.”
While signs of aging being attributed to inflammation may not come as a shocking surprise, finding coffee as one of the better counters to this inflammation definitely was. The researchers found that the human body's inflammatory mechanism was dampened among older participants who tended to drink more caffeinated beverages, such as coffee. If you're wondering why, the researchers found that incubating immune cells with caffeine and its breakdown products prevented an inflammatory effect on cells. That's right, your coffee may fight inflammation even before it starts.
Since the medical community seems to agree that inflammation is linked to just about every major health and wellness issue out there including premature aging, this is very promising news for latte, espresso and Americano lovers everywhere.
No, that doesn't exactly mean you can base the rest of your day on burgers, fries and candy. But here's hoping that coffee still counts as a health food if you pair it with a donut (okay, a small donut). The science is still out on that, but we're optimistic that the next study says YES.
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