As if you needed another large scale study to justify your coffee addiction, a new study has found that the more coffee you drink, the longer you will live.
According to the study, which was published in the journal Circulation, those who drink up to five cups of coffee may be less likely to die too early. According to LiveScience, those people were found to have a lesser chance of dying over a 30-year period from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, neurological diseases and suicide.
The research showed that people in the study who drank coffee moderately lived slightly longer, and had a reduced risk of death from some chronic diseases, compared with the people who didn’t drink coffee, said Dr. Frank B. Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a co-author of the study. Other research has established links between coffee drinking and a reduced risk of early mortality, but this new study was one of the largest to show these associations, he said.
Surprisingly, it’s not the caffeine in coffee that is the key to longevity. Both regular and decaf coffee drinkers will experience the same benefits, which may be due to antioxidants, magnesium and other components that are known to help with blood sugar regulation while reducing inflammation, and even in some cases, with symptoms resulting from Parkinson’s disease. So, in case you were debating that afternoon cafécito, drink all you want without the guilt!