Drink up, coffee makes you live longer, and while you’re at it, stay in school and eat more kale.
That morning cup of Joe you’re dying for could help you live longer.
The latest study on coffee and mortality found that drinking more java could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying.
People who drank two to four cups a day – regardless of whether the coffee was caffeinated or not — had an 18% lower risk of death compared to people who did not drink coffee at all, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
And drinking it can also help reduce heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease due to the beverages complex mix of compounds said to have biological effects.
Research has shown that some of these compounds have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the risk for illnesses like Parkinson’s disease.
Here are some other things you can buy to help you live longer:
Cat owners are 30% less likely to die of heart attacks and strokes than people without them, according to a study by the Minnesota Stroke Institute that followed more than 4,000 cat owners over a decade.
And your feline friend can lower stress and anxiety — even just petting a cat has a positive calming effect.
The spice is right.
A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who ate spicy foods almost every day had a 14% lower risk of death than people who ate spicy food once a week.
“Bioactive ingredients in spicy foods such as capsaicin may lower ‘bad’ cholesterol and improve inflammation,” says study author Dr. Lu Qi.
Capsaicin can be found in spicy foods such as cayenne pepper, jalapenos and habanero chilis.
Sriracha sauce contains the key ingredient: chili peppers – and it’ll cost you around $2.39 for a 28-ounce bottle on Amazon.
The common ingredient allantoin — which comes from an herb called comfrey that grows wild in the UK and is found in many face creams – can allegedly extend life by more than a fifth, British scientists found.
The experiments were done on worms and those fed with the stuff lived 22% longer. But researchers say the results pave the way for longevity in humans.
A product like the Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum ($22.99), promises younger-firmer looking skin with the hydrating formula that contains allantoin, and hopefully you look, feel and live longer from it too.
Here’s an excuse to make Happy Hour a habit.
People who drink moderately – three drinks per day — have the lowest mortality rate compared to non-drinkers, according to a 2010 study published in the journal, “Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.”
And red wine specifically is said to improve heart health and circulation. It’s because of the miracle ingredient resveratrol, a beneficial compound found in red wine that acts like an antioxidant protecting the body against diseases like cancer and heart disease.
A good place to start is with a $15.99 bottle of Josh Cellars Cabernet with fruity flavors and cinnamon, clove and toasty oak.
You’d better be-leaf it – this bitter green veggie is giving you a longer life.
Kale actually contains more calcium than milk and helps protect your bones and keep them strong. The veggie also contains plenty of phytonutrients, like quercetin, which helps fight plaque forming in your arteries and also sulforaphane, a cancer-fighting compound.
Buy it at Trader Joe’s for around $2.49.
There’s a reason why they say stay in school.
A Harvard Medical School study found that people with more than 12 years of formal education (even if it’s just one year of college) live 18 months longer than those with fewer years.
It’s oddly because the more you learn, the less likely you are to smoke. Only about 10% of adults with an undergrad degree smoke, compared to 35% of those with a high school education or less, according to the CDC.
And it’ll make you more money. College grads on average earned 56% more than high school grads in 2015, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Since the great recession ended in 2009, college grads started getting most of the new jobs and earning pay increases, while those without higher education faced less and less job opportunities and an overall 3% decline in income.
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