It’s inevitable — we’re all aging. But a new study says that a cup of joe may help slow the process.
We always have this doubtful question “Is coffee bad for us?“; well, researchers nowadays and more than ever are in more agreement that the answer to this question is a “no”.
A recent study published in the journal Nature Medicine stated that: older people with low levels of inflammation — which drives many, if not most, major diseases — had something surprising in common: they were all caffeine drinkers.
“The more caffeine people consumed, the more protected they were against a chronic state of inflammation,” says study author David Furman, consulting associate professor at the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection at Stanford University. “There was no boundary, apparently.”
“Clearly in aging something is breaking down, and we become less effective at managing inflammation,” says Mark Davis, director of the Stanford institute. “But now in this paper, we identify a particular pathway that was not associated with inflammation before. We are able to point, with a much higher resolution picture, at aging and the things that should be markers for inflammation.”
In the meantime, following the example of caffeine-drinking adults with lower levels of inflammation — by having a cup of coffee or two — might be a good idea.