Your Coffee Habit Actually May Give You Life

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If coffee is already a part of your morning routine, opportunities are it’s not going anywhere. And according to a pot’s worth of studies, that’s great news.

The most recent study on coffee, published this month in the periodical Circulation, found that a three to five beakers of the drink daily could help prevent premature death. When people say they live for coffee, they may really entail it.

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health concluded that drinkers of both caffeinated and decaf coffee were at a lower danger of demise from cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Type 2 diabetes, and suicide. They analyzed health data from three big ongoing studies for which 167,944 female participants and 40,557 male participants have their food habits assessed every four years. Currently, the studies include 30 years of data.

The study was observational, meaning that although the participants who drank coffee also had better health outcomes, it doesn’t prove that their own health outcomes can be attributed to coffee directly. That said, the researchers did find evidence of how coffee may contribute to better health.

“Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation, ” study author Ming Ding, a nutrition doctoral student, said in a statement. “That could explain some of our findings. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanism rendering these effects.”

A big body of studies indicates coffee is good for your health. Coffee has been dubbed the number one source of antioxidants and just a whiff of the stuff has been found to be de-stressing. Previous studies have associated a coffee drinking habit with reducing the symptoms of Parkinson’s cancer and depression, lowering the risk of skin cancer for women and slackening the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms.

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