Study: Coffee offers protection against COVID-19Lisa
This morning, I was sitting with my long-standing dominoes group (I am dubbed the “dominatrix”) when one of our members shared a newly-published coffee study that links a correlation between coffee consumption and reduced risk of symptomatic coronavirus!!!! As our waitress came to our table for our order, everybody ordered coffee, cappuccino, espresso. She winked at me, and returned with an IV hookup with extra-strong coffee, my usual order.
The newly published study has shown that drinking “one” cup of coffee per day may reduce a person’s chance of contracting COVID-19. The study was conducted by researchers at Illinois’ Northwestern University. Forty thousand participants and their everyday daily routines and eating habits were the prime focus upon which the study was based.
Although the findings did not prove irrefutable causation, they did reveal that those who drank one or more cups of coffee per day were 10% less likely to show symptoms of Coronavirus than those who did not drink coffee daily. In addition, the more coffee a person drank each day, the lower his risk was.
The study revealed that, coffee drinkers also have a reduced chance of suffering severe COVID-19; coffee consumption correlates favorably with inflammatory biomarkers such as CRP, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and tumor necrosis factor 1 (TNF-1), which are also associated with COVID-19 severity and mortality*
Specifically, in relation to my life and my coffee intake per day, unless a huge scaffold falls on my head, I will live a long, happy life. I admit that I do not have the credentials to analyze what all those inflammatory biomarkers actually mean – however, mortality* seems to be a real bummer of a side effect.
Researchers have further claimed that coffee consumption has also been associated with a lower risk of pneumonia, in the more vulnerable elderly.
The reason for the correlation between COVID-19 and coffee consumption is that coffee beans contain both anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. The intake of coffee suggests that the beans have an immunoprotective effect against COVID-19. In essence, the findings of the Northwestern University research study merit a further investigation, based on its encouraging and provocative results.