Coffee and Longevity
A study published in Nature Medicine showed that there is a correlation between coffee consumption and increased longevity. Coffee and caffeine have anti-inflammatory properties, which has a positive impact on chronic inflammation, a key factor in a variety of non-communicable diseases associated with aging. These include Alzheimer's disease, many forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis and depression.
The Effect of Roast Levels
A further study, outlined in an article in the Journal of Medicinal Food, explored the impact of coffee roast levels on antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in coffee. Their research findings demonstrated that the darker the roast the more of those properties are lost. Interestingly, caffeine levels themselves did not differ greatly between the light, medium, city and French roast levels.
Lighter Roasts Have the Best Bean-a-fits
For the maximum health benefits of coffee's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, the lighter roast appears to be the best choice. Lighter roasted coffees preserve more anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can positively impact many diseases related to aging.
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