ACCORDING to a Spanish study drinking four cups of coffee a day will make you live longer.
20,000 middle-aged people took part in the major study. It was found that those who drank coffee regularly had mortality rates almost two-thirds lower than non-drinkers.
This isn’t the first study that proves the benefits of drinking coffee. Previous studies found that coffee improves liver functionality.
Drinkers may also have less inflammation and boosted immune systems.
People who drank two cups a day saw as much as a 22% drop in mortality. Some older people in the study saw that rise to 30%.
People who drank four cups a day had a 64% lower death risk than those who drank no coffee at all.
This study could not definitively prove that drinking larger amounts of coffee is the cause of this, but it did shadow research done in the United States which suggested that three cups a day could prolong life.
Scientists believe that coffee has the ingredients that can protect the body. Compounds such as caffeine, antioxidants and diterpenes have been proven to have a positive effect on the body in that aspect.
The study was carried out in Spain over the course of 10 years. 19,986 people were included in the study with 1 in 60 of those dying in that decade. Those who drank coffee regularly had the lowest death rates.