Most experts that know about these things say coffee is a first choice among beverages worldwide, second only to water. Many of you would join me in saying its one of our “favorite parts of waking up” as the commercial used to boast. As beverages go, it hasn’t been around that long. While coffee has most likely been in drink form for 1,000 years, it only has verified history for 500 years. Javapresse.com asserts 15th century Sufi monasteries in Yemen mention drinking coffee although evidence supports that wine made from coffee cherries was already being enjoyed by some Arabian peoples.
We all know about coffee’s ability to liven us up when we are still getting the sleep out of our eyes or feeling a tad draggy. Some of us are loyal to special brands, others to particular brewing methods. If the jolt of 100% caffeinated is too much, we have the choice of decaffeinated so we can still enjoy a hot, steamy cup of joe. Now, more research shows even more reasons for you to find delight in your coffee cup.
With rather amazing results, a study published April 22, 2020 from authors, Tyerdal, Selmer, Cohen, and Thelle indicates, among other things, that consuming filtered coffee appears to increase life expectancy more than drinking unfiltered coffee only or not drinking coffee at all. The group study involved over 500,000 individuals aged 20-79 who participated in a Norwegian cardiovascular study for 20 years.
You may be a coffee lover and know that it’s identified as contributing to higher ‘bad’ cholesterol. Perhaps you have been resigned to accepting that as part of the pain with the pleasure. Take heart; this recent study shows that filtered coffee reduces the concentration of fatty lipid-raising substances 30 times lower than unfiltered coffee.
There is additional advantageous, if not mysterious, news—they discovered a link to filtered coffee that indicated as much as a 15% reduced risk of death from any cause for all study participants—no matter the age, lifestyle choices, or gender. Do you suppose we stay home drinking coffee instead of driving reckless on the road? Going on with the good news—the filtered brew was also associated with a lowered risk of death from heart disease—20% for women and 12% for men. Lastly, those individuals who imbibe daily in one to four filtered cups of coffee had the lowest mortality levels.
The research authors concur that there may be unknown factors that effect the mortality results such as ‘no coffee drinkers’ may have existing health conditions that decrease their life expectancy. The health issue being why they do not drink coffee. Also, coffee is rich in beneficial antioxidants that non-coffee drinkers miss out on. (Information taken from journals.sagepub.com and www.dailymail.co.uk) As always, check with your primary medical care provider for consultation on your own health needs. This article is for informative and entertainment purposes only.
And there you have it. So, as you read this article, raise that inviting, delicious mug of coffee high and make a toast to your good health! The Sedona Community Center continues to provide Meals and Wheels and Mobile Meals for Pick Up / To Go at the Center. Call 928.282.2834 or go online to www.sccsedona.org. for more information.