Drink more coffee, damnit

Some good news for us high-caffeine users. 

Caffeine goes along with longevity. You’ve probably already heard that, but now researchers have found a mechanism that suggests it’s causal.

As we age, many of us get chronic inflammation. (As someone who was fat as hell and who has studied and lives the paleo lifestyle, I can suggest that has a lot to do with eating grains and added sweeteners, as well as the resulting obesity.) The mechanism of caffeine is to reduce the inflammatory proteins and free radicals in the blood. Caffeine is anti-inflammatory!

Researchers looked at self report studies, family histories, and mice studies, but then they took the extra step of putting blood in a Petrie dish.

“More than 90 percent of all noncommunicable diseases of aging are associated with chronic inflammation,” said the study’s lead author, David Furman, PhD, a consulting associate professor at the Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection. More than 1,000 papers have provided evidence that chronic inflammation contributes to many cancers, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis and even depression, he said.

“It’s also well-known that caffeine intake is associated with longevity,” Furman said. “Many studies have shown this association. We’ve found a possible reason for why this may be so.”  Caffeine