Many people swear drinking coffee makes their lives better and healthier overall, but few studies have shown the type of correlation between that new research has.
A new study from Spanish researchers has found a link between drinking four cups of coffee daily and a decreased risk of death. This study was presented at European Society of Cardiology Congress that was held in Barcelona this past weekend.
The study examined the dietary habits of 20,000 people in Pamplona, Spain for over 10 years and was intended to determine the effects of differing levels of coffee consumption on middle-aged people. The researchers discovered that those who drank at least four cups of coffee a day had a 64% lower risk of death (or, what they term “all-cause mortality”) than those who didn’t drink coffee at all.
The study also discovered that among all participants, there was a 22% lower risk of all-cause mortality for each two additional cups of coffee per day. For those over 45, the benefit was even more pronounced, with two additional cups of coffee linked to a 30% lower risk of death.
This is likely because of higher levels of risk of heart disease among those in this older category and coffee’s researched link to reduced chance of heart disease.
In a public statement, Dr. Adela Navarro, the lead researcher behind this study said, “Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people.”
This study stands atop a mounting research pointing to the health benefits of coffee. These include previous findings that have tied higher coffee consumption to reduced risk of kidney disease, diabetes, and strokes.