1) Brew your Coffee THIS WAY to Increase Longevity
2) Read THIS if You Drink Coffee
3) PSA for Coffee Drinkers
Did you know: More than 150 million Americans drink coffee every day. Roughly 30 million drink specialty coffees (think Starbucks) and about 13% prepare their coffee at home.
But things weren’t always this way.
Over the centuries, coffee has been blamed for causing bad behavior (like gambling and promiscuity), impotence, blindness, indigestion, insomnia, heart attack, cancer, and lung disease.
Coffee has also been lauded for aiding digestion, curing headaches, and preventing miscarriages.
Modern science trends towards the positive with claims that coffee can improve focus and reduce your risk of several diseases. Keep in mind we’re talking BLACK coffee - no cream or sugar.
According to a new study published last month in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, brewing your coffee with a filter may increase longevity.
“Unfiltered coffee contains substances which increase blood cholesterol. Using a filter removes these and makes heart attacks and premature death less likely,” explains study author Dag Thelle, a professor of public health at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
“Our study provides strong and convincing evidence of a link between coffee brewing methods, heart attacks, and longevity.”
This is bad news for people who use a French press or who boil their coffee (as is traditional in Greece and Turkey).
Turns out, unfiltered coffee contains high amounts of chemicals - called cafestol and kahweol - known for increasing cholesterol levels.
Study results suggest that drinking unfiltered coffee each day can increase the risk of death for men over the age of 60. Conversely, drinking filtered coffee was shown to be healthier than drinking no coffee at all.
Daily consumption of filtered coffee without cream or sugar was shown to reduce your risk of overall death by 15%.
Compared to no coffee, filtered coffee was also linked to a 20% decrease in risk of death from cardiovascular disease for women and a 12% decrease for men.
Individuals drinking between 1 and 4 cups of coffee per day exhibited the lowest mortality rate.
According to earlier studies, drinking 3-4 cups of black, filtered coffee each day can improve focus, boost performance when exercising, and reduce your risk of the following: neurological, metabolic, and liver disorders, some cancers, heart disease, liver disorders, Alzheimer’s, melanoma, MS, type 2 diabetes, and prostate cancer. Coffee has even been shown to reduce computer-related back pain.
If you’re a coffee drinker who enjoys cream and sugar, start making the transition to black coffee by switching to sugar substitutes like stevia and replacing cream with almond or soy milk. Pay attention to the nutritional information on fancy beverages like white mochas and frappuccinos, which can contain 800 or more calories.
Important Note: Individuals with the following conditions should limit coffee intake: Parkinson’s, pregnancy, insomnia, and osteoporosis.