Drinking more than two cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of long-term death from all causes, including cancer, by 44 percent, according to the conclusions of a study by the Spanish University Miguel Hernández de Elche (UMH).
The work has been published by Laura Torres Collado, a researcher from the Nutrition Epidemiology Unit of the UMH, in the Nutrients magazine based on the analysis of the Regional Survey of Nutrition and Health with data from 6, 12 and 18 years ago from 1,567 people over 20 years of age in the Valencian Community (eastern Spain).
Research shows that 78 percent of the Valencian adult population drinks coffee daily and that its regular consumption is significantly associated with lower mortality from all causes and mortality from cancer.
The participants were analyzed the diet, the state of health and the main lifestyles, including the habitual consumption of coffee, through a dietary questionnaire, and the vital status and the cause of death of the participants was verified from of the National Death Index of the Valencian Community, according to a statement from the UMH.
Using as a reference total mortality among non-coffee drinkers, consumers up to one cup of coffee a day had a 27 percent lower risk of death and those who drank more than one cup a day (range 2-6 , 5 every 24 hours) had a 44 percent lower risk.
For cancer mortality, those who drank more than one cup of coffee had a 59 percent lower risk of dying from cancer than non-drinkers.
For cardiovascular disease, a lower risk was also observed, although it was not significant.
The conclusion of the study is that long-term habitual coffee consumption may be safe, particularly of the type with caffeine over decaffeinated, as it shows a protective effect on total and cancer mortality, and is not associated with any increase in cardiovascular mortality .