Coffee drinkers rejoice!
Helping yourself to a second, third, or even a fourth cup of coffee this morning might actually be good for you.
According to results of a study presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona, researchers found that higher consumption of coffee is connected to a lower risk of death.
For the study, researchers from Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, followed 20,000 participants for an average of 10 years.
Their findings revealed that participants who drank at least four cups of coffee a day had a 64% lower risk of death than those who never or almost never drank coffee.
Somewhat surprisingly, the research also found that in the case of participants who were 45 or older, drinking two additional cups of coffee was linked to a 30% lower risk of death.
“Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people,” said Dr. Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra, in a statement.
The findings back up a pair of studies published earlier this year touting the benefits of drinking coffee. One of the studies determined that drinking coffee was linked to a lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
So, next time you’re feeling guilty about indulging in several daily cups of joe, don’t! It’s a guilt free pleasure great for your mind, body, and soul!