Now people with tired eyes and foggy brains in the morning have another reason to grab a cup of Joe, as a new study just discovered drinking it could add years to life.
The study consisted of half a million middle-aged people and showed that risk of death decreased as they drank more coffee.
Though too much caffeine has been considered unhealthy, those that drank more coffee than others were less likely to die from heart and respiratory disease, stroke, injuries, accidents, diabetes and infections.
Neal Freedman, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, said the study found it was beneficial to drink two or three cups of Joe a day to reduce the risk of early death by 10 to 15 percent.
But Freedman said after getting past three cups a day, there was little benefit. Those who drank up to six cups a day didn’t seem to get more benefits.
The study involved people aged 50 to 71 and followed them for 12 years.
While it discovered those who drank more coffee were less likely to die, they also found a link between coffee drinking and smoking.
“In our study, the participants who drank coffee were far more likely to smoke cigaretees, which is a very strong risk factor for death,” he said.
He also said drinking the dark beverage was associated with other unhealthy behaviors like drinking too much alcohol, eating too much red meat, and living a sedentary lifestyle.
“All of those risk factors are usually associated with increased risk of death, which they were in our study too,” he said.
They aren’t sure why coffee adds more years to life, and are looking to explore it further.
“Coffee could be [working by] affecting blood pressure,” Freedman speculated. “It is possible that different compounds in the coffee are important, too.”
He also said they did not know whether decaffeinated coffee had the same effect as regular coffee.