Drinking at least six cups of coffee every day could decrease your risks of early death, a new study using UK Biobank data has revealed.
Researchers say that those who drink six or seven cups of coffee per day are 16 percent less likely to die from any disease over a 10-year period than those who never drink coffee.
Coffee has long been linked with combating heart disease, cancer, dementia, diabetes and depression.
The researchers, from various institutions including the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, say they hope their findings provide further reassurance that coffee can be part of a healthy diet.
The researchers, who published their results in JAMA found that those whose coffee intake was high fared the best.
Those who drank eight cups or more per day saw their death rates cut by 14 percent, and it was raised to 16 percent among those who drank six to seven cups.
The protective effect was also seen among moderate and light coffee drinkers – but to a lesser degree.
Two to five cups, one cup per day, or less than one cup per day reduced early death rates by 12, eight and six percent, respectively.
According to lead author Dr Erikka Loftfield, a cancer epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, the results held true whether the type of coffee drank was ground, instant or decaffeinated.
‘Coffee drinking was inversely associated with mortality, including among those drinking eight or more cups per day,’ said Dr Loftfield.
‘These findings suggest the importance of non-caffeine constituents in the coffee-mortality association and provide further reassurance that coffee drinking can be a part of a healthy diet.’