A new study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has found that coffee drinkers tend to live longer lives and carry lower risk for illnesses such as heart disease or Parkinson’s. According to the study, “over 30 years, nonsmokers who drank three to five cups of coffee a day were 15 percent less likely to die of any cause, versus nondrinkers.”

Study leader, Dr. Frank Hu, states that “compounds in coffee can reduce inflammation, act as antioxidants, and improve blood sugar regulation, among other things.” Caffeine is also known to benefit certain neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

“The body of evidence does suggest coffee can fit into a healthy lifestyle,” says Dr. Hu as drinking coffee is normally regarded as a “bad habit.”

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