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International Coffee Day: The Benefits of Caffeine for Long Life

Posted by Kathy Stewart
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Aegis Living is a company founded and headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, so we know a few things about good coffee! In October we celebrate International Coffee Day, so we wanted to share a new study about the benefits of caffeine and how a cup of coffee can be healthy for your aging parent. Pour yourself a mug of java and let us share a few facts.

A new study has recently shown that caffeine can slow the aging process and increase longevity due to its ability to reduce inflammation in older adults. In a staggering 90 percent of all age-related diseases, chronic inflammation is the common denominator, including diabetes, hypertension, painful joints, Alzheimer’s, cardio vascular problems, and many cancers. Inflammation plays a key role in the initiation and speed of progress in these types of diseases.

Scientists from the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered a link between advanced age, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and caffeine consumption. Published January 16, 2017, in the journal of Natural Medicine, researchers found that the elderly who had low levels of inflammation shared a common dietary habit—they all consumed caffeine. The results of their findings may explain why those who indulge in coffee live longer than those who are not coffee drinkers.

According to an interview with Time magazine, the scientists analyzed blood samples from a group of healthy people between ages 20-30 years old and a second elderly group over the age of 60. They found two clusters of genes related to inflammation were more active in the older group, making them more vulnerable to age-related diseases. The researchers found that caffeine interferes with the pathway by which those genes trigger inflammation. According to the findings in the study, people who drank five cups of coffee daily showed extremely low levels of activity in the gene pathways.

This new research may be helpful to find new ways to better monitor the inflammatory process and control it. There is more research to be done but this is a promising start. As with any advice on health, always consult with their doctor to see if this is healthy for your parent. But for those who are passionate about their morning cup of coffee to start their day, the research for better health and longevity may be on their side. So, try a new dark roast, indulge in an espresso, toast with a latte, or settle down to a classic diner mug—it might just help you live longer!