How much do you love coffee – should we count the ways? Recently we shared new insights into the positive effects of coffee on your liver health … but now, in perhaps a more recent discovery, a team of medical researchers has just found a strong correlation between the amount of coffee a person is supposed to drink and the likelihood that a person is supposed to drink get sick with COVID-19. We explain it.
In a study just published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nutrients, a group of researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine accessed nutritional data from 38,000 participants from the UK biobank. Read on to find out what they found out about the effects of coffee on your immune system. especially in the fight against COVID-19. Also, educate yourself about an important side effect of drinking coffee before breakfast, the expert says.
Initially, the researchers drew on self-reported baseline nutritional data shared by 37,988 participants between 2006 and 2010 for the UK Biobank when they were each between 40 and 70 years old. The research team then accessed the COVID-19 test results of these people between March and November 2020 through the UK government agency Public Health England.
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The researchers analyzed the participants’ consumption patterns of coffee, tea, processed meat, red meat, fish rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, fruits and vegetables.
Of these foods and beverages, coffee was among the most important preventative nutritional factors in preventing COVID-19. As the researchers reported, the consumption of coffee – as well as vegetables – was “positively linked to the COVID-19 incident”. This means that people who had these two items regularly saw a lower risk of infection.
Looking at coffee specifically, the researchers reported that “habitually consuming 1 or more cups of coffee per day was associated with an approximately 10% decrease in risk of COVID-19 compared to less than 1 cup / day”.
The researchers found that coffee’s benefits in preventing COVID-19 can be traced back to science. They cited several previous studies that showed different nutritional effects on immunity when they concluded:
In addition to being a major source of caffeine, coffee also contributes dozens of other ingredients; including many who are involved in immunity. For many populations, coffee is the largest contributor to total polyphenol intake, especially phenolic acids. Coffee, caffeine, and polyphenols have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Coffee consumption correlates favorably with inflammatory biomarkers … which are also related to the severity and mortality of COVID-19. Coffee consumption has also been linked to a lower risk of pneumonia in the elderly.
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Interestingly, the study found that coffee was linked to a lower risk of COVID-19 infection, even when people were exposed to the virus.
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The researchers state that consumption of “moderate tea” was also “significantly linked to a lower likelihood of COVID-19 positivity”.
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Has it also been proven to be linked to COVID-19 prevention? Was breastfed as a baby. (Be sure to read an alarming new study on the subject that found that breast milk contains harmful chemicals from food packaging.)
One particular food has been clearly linked to a higher risk of COVID-19 infection: processed meat (which happens to be known for another important side effect, according to a recent study).
As if you needed another reason to love your coffee routine! Continue reading: