That $10 a day habit you have for several daily doses of Starbucks coffee might make you consider giving up your morning cups of joe to save money but researchers in a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine are suggesting that you think twice before ditching your coffee habit.
The researchers examined the health records and coffee drinking habits of 400,000 adults between the ages of 50 and 71 and they found that people over a 14 year period who drank coffee were less likely to die at an early age.
Even more interesting, people who drank four to five cups of coffee per day were even less likely to die an early death. The student found that men who drank four to five cups were 12% less likely to die at an early age than men who drank only one cup but still saw only a 6% risk of early death.
Females should specifically take note as this is not the first study to showcase the health effects of coffee on their bodies, this time the study found four-to-five-cup drinkers saw a 16% lower mortality rate than non-coffee drinkers.
According to the Los Angeles Times, researchers at first thought the study had the opposite effect, however they eventually realized that many coffee drinkers are also smokers and when they removed those people from the equation the positive effects of coffee drinking were revealed.
If you can’t have or refuse to drink caffeine don’t fret, researchers found that decaf drinkers appears to also live longer lives.
There are more than 1,000 compounds found in coffee and some researchers are now suggesting that each compound needs to be individually tested to determine what is causing the longer life cycles of coffee drinkers.