Drinking three cups of coffee a day (even decaf) could help you live longer, says Harvard
Moderate coffee consumption reduces the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease, Parkinson's disease and Type 2 diabetes
Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day might help you live longer, according to new research.
Moderate coffee consumption reduces the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease, neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, and Type 2 diabetes, scientists found.
It also seems to lower the risk of suicide - but no association was seen with rates of cancer death.
"This study provides further evidence that moderate consumption of coffee may confer health benefits in terms of reducing premature death due to several diseases." - Professor Frank Hu, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health
Whether or not the coffee drunk contained caffeine made no difference. The benefits are thought to be linked to other plant compounds in coffee besides the stimulant.
Lead scientist Ming Ding, from the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health in the US, said: "Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation. That could explain some of our findings. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects."
The results, published in the journal Circulation, are from a pooled analysis of three large on-going studies with a total of 208,501 male and female participants.
Source: The Telegraph