Having one cup of coffee a day could keep the doctor – and COVID-19 – away, according to a Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine study published last month.
Results from the study, published in the Nutrients journal, show that consumption of one or more cups of coffee per day was associated with a 10 percent decrease in COVID-19 infection risk. Drinking coffee “favorably correlates with inflammatory biomarkers,” that are also associated with COVID-19 severity and mortality, said the study.
Data from the UK Biobank, an international health resource of over 500,000 participants aged 37–73 years at 22 centers across England, Wales, and Scotland, was used to conduct the study and results were adjusted for differences in age, race and sex. The study also found that eating vegetables and being breast fed were associated with lower COVID-19 positivity rates while eating processed meat was associated with higher rates of infection.
According to the New York Post, team studied participants’ dietary habits from 2006 to 2010 to hypothesize the subsequent risk of coronavirus infection in 2020. Consumption of coffee, tea, processed meat, red meat, fruit, vegetables and oily fish were included in the project scope.
Coffee is often a key source of caffeine – a nervous system stimulant – and it also the major contributor polyphenol intake for drinkers, according to the study.
“Coffee, caffeine, and polyphenols have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,” and elderly coffee could have a lower risk of pneumonia, it said.
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