Analee Gale

About Analee Gale

Analee Gale is the Food & Health Editor of TBS. Previous to that, she was a freelance writer and editor who has spent so many decades writing about being food and fitness that she sometimes forgets to actually be fit (though she never ever forgets to eat food - hangry is a thing, you know!). Analee made a tree-change from the northern beaches of Sydney, so she now taps out tales from her base in a tiny coastal town in East Gippsland, Victoria.

Science agrees: Drink coffee, avoid death

Consider your bias confirmed. According to numerous studies, Coffee, the god liquid, helps your fight against numerous awful diseases.



Hold the plunger – did you know that every single day, two and quarter billion cups of coffee are consumed?

It’s safe to say the results of two recent studies will be well received by java lovers worldwide because these observational studies examined the health histories of hundreds of thousands of case studies and identified links between coffee drinkers and a healthier and longer life.

The findings suggest that across different ethnicities, drinking coffee may reduce the risk of various diseases and improve longevity. The benefits of drinking coffee were seen in both caffeinated and decaf coffee drinkers alike, and the more coffee consumed, the greater the benefit. I might just pour myself a cup now to celebrate!

520,000 adults from 10 European countries were involved in the study, and each was asked about their lifestyle, eating, drinking, exercise and smoking habits. The research was undertaken by the Imperial College in London and The University of Southern California, with each conducting separate studies and examining the caffeine-swilling habits of 180,000 people over a period of 16 years. The results found the people who were drinking one coffee a day lowered their risk of death, heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease by 12%, while those who drunk three cups each day reduced their risk to 18%.


The findings suggest that across different ethnicities, drinking coffee may reduce the risk of various diseases and improve longevity.


With so many studies concluding the numerous benefits of coffee, more and more companies are attempting to boost the benefits even further by infusing it with superfoods such as turmeric, MCTs, ginseng, green coffee bean extract and black pepper. Co-creator and co-owner of Before You Speak Coffee, Jaryd Terkelsen, says he and his business partner “consume it mainly to push ourselves through big days without compromising performance. We would consume a lot of instant coffee just because of the convenience of it, and one day we just questioned why hasn’t anyone made a coffee for the health conscious, that is more beneficial than your average cup of coffee, and which can help improve health and wellbeing at the same time?”

When it comes to the performance-enhancing benefits of coffee, Sports Dietitian Taylor Ryan says, “It’s a no-brainer that caffeine has positive effects on sports performance, when utilised in a safe and effective manner. The main performance benefits associated with caffeine are the effects it plays on the central nervous system – giving you that buzz effect and the perception of having more energy and therefore, a greater energy output when it comes to exercising.”

With more research confirming the possibility of coffee boosting your performance while exercising, at work or social gatherings, while studying or simply while enjoying one of your favourite hobbies, Ryan explains the science behind this magical brew’s ability to give you that “buzz”:

Caffeine activates many neural circuits and causes the pituitary gland to secrete hormones that, in turn, cause the adrenal glands to produce more Adrenalin. Adrenalin is the ‘fight or flight’ hormone, so it increases your attention level and gives your entire system an extra burst of energy.

In simple terms, you are improving your ability to go harder for longer – before hitting that wall, and this is exactly the effect that many athletes are looking for.

Regardless of whether you are a regular coffee drinker or merely enjoy an occasional cup, you can now rest assured knowing that with each swig, you just might be helping to extend your life and boost your health.



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