Drink Coffee to Counter Age Related Inflammation

Coffee is good for you. It reduces the chances of getting lots of bad diseases like Type II diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, various forms of cancer and even high blood pressure and hardened arteries. And now the results of recent research show that you can drink coffee to counter age related inflammation. The research was carried out at Stanford University School of Medicine and shows that caffeine may counter age-related inflammation.

Stanford University School of Medicine scientists have unearthed a connection between advancing age, systemic inflammation, cardiovascular disease and coffee consumption.

Extensive analysis of blood samples, survey data and medical and family histories obtained from more than 100 human participants in a multiyear study has revealed a fundamental inflammatory mechanism associated with human aging and the chronic diseases that come with it.

What scientists found is that the building blocks for our genes, called nucleic acids, can set off inflammation when they circulate in the blood. The problem as we age is that at least 90% of non-communicable diseases associated with aging are driven by chronic inflammation. As examples chronic inflammation plays a role in diseases ranging from depression, osteoarthritis and heart disease to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The good part is that the caffeine in coffee seems to decrease the inflammation which apparently contributes to the reduced incidence of many of the “diseases of aging” in coffee drinkers.

More Coffee -> Less Inflammation

The scientists followed a hundred study participants over ten years. The group was split between 20-30 year olds and an over sixty group. They tested for a set of genes that that lent itself to high inflammation, high blood pressure, hardened arteries, shorter life. Coffee drinkers lived longer and had fewer of the complicating diseases. The scientists tests blood samples from both high inflammation and low inflammation groups and found more caffeine in the low inflammation group, which also went along with the fact that these folks reported that they were coffee drinkers.

How Else Does Coffee Help You?

We have written previously about antioxidants in coffee. These substances occur in many types of foods and drinks but because coffee has a lot of them and because we consume so much coffee, java is the biggest source of antioxidants for the vast majority of people.

Scientifically an antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the cell damage and cell death in human cells caused by oxidative breakdown of other molecule in the cell. Oxidation is a factor in sickness and aging. Antioxidants help prevent the damage caused by excessive oxidation and to a degree inhibit the aging process. When an oxidative reaction brought on by disease gets going it produces free radicals that start chain reactions which in turn cause cell and tissue damage. The human body has or uses antioxidants to control this situation. Natural means of controlling oxidation include vitamins C and E as well as glutathione. It is low levels of antioxidants that can lead to a condition referred to as oxidative stress and resultant damage to cells in the body. Organic coffee antioxidants are in the same class of molecules that help reduce oxidation.

Whether you prefer regular or healthy organic coffee there are great benefits to your health and longevity.

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