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Wow! You Never Expected Coffee Could Do This

As far as legal drugs go coffee is definitely one of America’s favorite.

There have been more than a few studies concerning coffee and its affects on the body. Most are overwhelmingly positive.

A recent study has shown coffee has the surprising ability to help you live longer. Maybe that’s what the Spanish conquistadors were looking for when they come over to the Americans searching for the fountain of youth.

According to a  group of researchers at Harvard University you should be able to squeak a few extra years out of life if you drink tons of coffee.

In their study titled, ‘Association of Coffee Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in Three Large Prospective Cohorts’ which was published in this month’s “Circulation” the more you drink the longer you live.

In the study they demonstrated people who drank one  to two cups of coffee per day (either regular or decaf) had a lower risk of dying early and also weren’t as likely to develop other diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and neurological diseases.

The craziest thing they showed was how drinking more, three to five cups means your risks plummets.

As CBS notes:

The researchers examined data of some 200,000 people over three decades, sourcing three other studies, and found significantly lower death rates among non-smokers who consumed one to five cups of coffee a day.

According to one of the authors, Ming Ding, a doctoral student in Harvard’s Department of Nutrition, something floating in that cup of java helps the body resist disease.

“Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation,” he said in a press release. “That could explain some of our findings. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects.”

Senior author Frank Hu, Harvard’s professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology goes even further.

“These data support the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Report that concluded that ‘moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern.’”

With this research being published it gives coffee lovers license to enjoy more of their mocha, their java, their espresso or whatever you enjoy.

However physicians and health specialists note some of these benefits can be mitigated depending on what you put in your coffee.

It’s well known a diet high in added sugars as well as those with artificial ingredients aren’t the best for your health.

So get to drinking, it might make you live longer!

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