More than half of all adults in the United States drink coffee every day. Now, a new study shows the daily dose of java may prove beneficial as we get older, especially when it comes to heart health and longevity. Researchers from Stanford University believe the caffeine in coffee may help prevent age-related inflammation, which in turn protects the heart against cardiovascular disease and may help us live longer.
In comparing a group of younger adults and those over 60, the research team discovered that a heightened inflammatory response—known to contribute to symptoms of heart disease—was more common in the older group. However, the response was less activated in those who drank more coffee. Those individuals also tended to have a history of longevity in their families.
“Our findings show that an underlying inflammatory process, which is associated with aging, is not only driving cardiovascular disease but is, in turn, driven by molecular events that we may be able to target and combat,” said lead author Mark Davis in a university news release. “What we’ve shown is a correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity,” he later added.