Coffee prolongs life, according to a new study.

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It has long been said that caffeine has negative effects on our health. A new study by Queen Mary University of London and Budapest’s Semmelweis University now says that drinking coffee is not bad for your health, but actually promotes it. Data from almost 500,000 people from a British health database who had not been diagnosed with heart disease at the beginning of the study period were evaluated. The participants were divided into non-coffee drinkers, light to moderate coffee drinkers and coffee junkies and were asked about their coffee habits and lifestyle. Risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol levels were also taken into account in the largest study to date looking at the effect of coffee on cardiovascular health.

Coffee drinkers live longer

According to the study, light to moderate coffee consumption reduces the risk of all-cause mortality by 12 percent and the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 17 percent. Consuming half a cup to three cups of coffee resulted in a 21 percent lower risk of stroke. According to the survey, ground coffee has a particularly positive effect compared to instant coffee due to the different manufacturing process. “Using the MRI scans, we were able to analyze the effects of regular coffee consumption on the structure and function of the heart. We found that regular light-to-moderate coffee consumption is beneficial for heart health, suggesting it may slow age-related changes in the heart,” said Dr. Pál Maurovich-Horvat from the Hungarian Semmelweis University. Even with coffee junkies, no evidence of negative cardiovascular consequences could be found.