Drinking coffee reduces risk of coronavirus infection: Study

2021-07-17 20:28:42
Drinking coffee reduces risk of coronavirus infection: Study

Drinking at least one cup of coffee daily is associated with a lower risk of COVID-19 infection, according to a new study by US scientists.

Researchers with Northwestern University near the US city of Chicago, published findings in the Nutrients journal, stemming from an analysis of nearly 40,000 participants in the UK Biobank.

The team studied participants' dietary habits in 2006-2010 and hypothesized the subsequent risk of coronavirus infection in 2020.

Researchers specifically looked at participants’ consumption of coffee, tea, processed meat, red meat, fruit, vegetables and oily fish.

After adjusting for factors like race, age, sex and other factors like physical activity, BMI level and history of certain medical conditions, researchers found "habitual consumption of 1 or more cups of coffee per day was associated with about a 10% decrease in risk of COVID-19 compared to less than 1 cup/day."

Coffee contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and "coffee consumption favorably correlates with inflammatory biomarkers" linked to "COVID-19 severity and mortality," study authors wrote.

The health benefits of coffee

Coffee consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of all kinds of ailments, including Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, gallstones, depression, suicide, cirrhosis, liver cancer, melanoma and prostate cancer.

In numerous studies conducted throughout the world, consuming four or five eight-ounce cups of coffee (or about 400 milligrams of caffeine) a day has been associated with reduced death rates.

In a study of more than 200,000 participants followed for up to 30 years, those who drank three to five cups of coffee a day, with or without caffeine, were 15 percent less likely to die early from all causes than were people who shunned coffee.

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