If you can’t live without coffee (raises hand enthusiastically… desperately… perhaps even pathetically), then we have some very good news for you. Whether you prefer to get your fix through chewable coffee cubes, a caffeine bracelet or your fave Starbucks drink, science now says that the seemingly life-giving stimulant might actually help you live longer.

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Coming straight from Stanford University’s School of Medicine, the basic fact is: “Caffeine may counter age-related inflammation.” More specifically, the scientific peeps over at Stanford have discovered a connection between advancing age, systemic inflammation, cardiovascular disease and coffee consumption.

After looking at blood samples and survey data, as well as medical and family histories obtained from 100+ participants, the multiyear study has revealed “a fundamental inflammatory mechanism associated with human aging and the chronic diseases that come with it.”

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While metabolites of nucleic acids circulate in our blood, they can trigger the inflammatory process associated with aging. Caffeine, which has its own handy-dandy metabolites, may actually counter the negative effects. Oh yeah, caffeine FTW!

“It’s also well-known that caffeine intake is associated with longevity,” David Furman, PHD, said, adding, “Many studies have shown this association. We’ve found a possible reason for why this may be so.”

Sounds good to us. FRESH POT!

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