To coffeeholics everywhere, we’ve got news as good as Christmas morning. While we were almost sure that the one thing a person shouldn’t do while drinking coffee is consume more than four cups, a new study reveals five cups per day may actually help you live longer.
A new study by the American Heart Association published in Circulation reveals that drinking one to five cups of coffee a day can lower the risk of mortality compared to individuals who don’t drink coffee at all.
One of the authors from the study, nutrition researcher Walter Willett told NPR, “In our study, we found people who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 15 percent lower [risk of premature] mortality compared to people who didn’t drink coffee.”
Willet later shares with NPR, “We’re not sure exactly how coffee is [linked] to all these benefits. The coffee bean itself is loaded with many different nutrients and phytochemicals. And my guess is that they’re working together to have some of these benefits. We [see] similar benefits from caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. That’s important, because it suggests that caffeine is not responsible for [the benefit].”
What’s interesting here is that the lowering of mortality has nothing to do with caffeine. So for all you decaf drinkers, this association with lower risk of mortality and coffee applies to you too! Although we don’t know the exact reason why coffee works this way, we now can be literal when we say it gives us life.
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