A new study out of Spain suggests that people who drink at least four cups of coffee per day have a significantly lower risk of death than those who do not, meaning that the most jittery caffeine fiends among us might also be the ones who live the longest.
Researchers from the Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona presented their findings to the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona, where they claimed that people who down four cups of joe per day had a 64 percent lower risk of death than those who consumed little to no coffee per day, Independent reported.
The study tracked 20,000 participants and kept up with them for 10 years on average, noting that participants who were 45 or older enjoyed a 30 percent lower risk of death by just drinking two additional cups of coffee per day. About 1 in 60 participants died during the study.
â€śOur findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people,â€ť Dr. Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra, said in a statement. â€śI would advise drinking plenty of coffee, it could be good for your heart. I think itâ€™s a good idea to have about four cups a day.â€ť
â€śI think itâ€™s the polyphenols,â€ť she opined, referring to a type of antioxidant. â€śThey have an anti-inflammatory effect.â€ť
Two studies carried out earlier this year also pointed to serious health benefits from drinking coffee. One study linked caffeine consumption to a lower risk of death from a slew of widespread killers, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
Researchers also noted that coffee contains antioxidants, which have been credited for a number of health benefits when consumed regularly.