Can Coffee and Tea Extend Your Life?

By Michael A. Smith, MD

In a recent issue of the Journal of Nutrition, an article was published showing a lower risk of mortality for coffee and tea drinkers over an 11-year average follow-up period.1

The study included 2,461 participants (over 40 years of age) and formed part of the Northern Manhattan Study. At baseline, the participants were free of stroke, cancer, and heart disease.

Researchers examined the association with food questionnaires during an 11-year follow-up. The majority of participants were coffee and tea drinkers, and the results were impressive.

A 7% reduction in mortality was seen for each additional cup of coffee ingested per day. Strong protection was seen in those who drank 4 or more cups of regular caffeinated coffee. Additionally, a 9% decreased risk of mortality was seen for each increased cup of tea per day.

The proposed beneficial mechanism is the high antioxidant content of these beverages, although the researchers concluded that more research is needed.

Watch our own Dr. Mike Smith explain in the short video below:


  1. J Nutr. 2013 Aug;143(8):1299-308.


Allen Dawson said...

I start my morning with green tea. It contains anti-oxidants that are good for health as well as for skin.

Life Extension said...

Allen Dawson- Exactly! Thanks for sharing! :-)

Stephen Knows Cancer said...

I like how Dr. Mike finished that video, as "more research is needed" seems to be the disclaimer that must be made for any ambitious study of this kind. I was quite amazed that 4 our more cups a day produced the strongest protection. Will be excited to see where this research leads.

Life Extension said...

Stephen Knows Cancer - Stay tuned!

DGSA said...

Tea is a healthy drink compared to coffee. It can ease heart ailments.

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