Whether you take your java on the go or sip a festive blend inside, over 54 percent of Americans reach for a trusty cuppa joe every single day, despite it being a healthy living faux pas. Well, faux pas or not, coffee drinkers can rejoice after Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health released a study that found people who drink three to five cups of coffee a day have a lower risk of premature death.
The study, conducted by Ming Ding and eight other Harvard TH Chan academics, analyzed three different data sources from ongoing studies that totaled over 200,000 participants. In analyzing validated food questionnaires that participants took every four years over a 30-year span, they found that moderate coffee consumption was associated with a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurological diseases and suicide.
According to Ding, this could be a result of the bioactive compounds in coffee that reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation. But the good news isn’t confined to the hard-core black coffee addicts — both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees had the same effect on the participants.
So the next time your significant other gives you a hard time for stopping at Starbucks twice in one day, just tell them a medical journal told you it could save your life!
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