That extra cup of coffee in the morning might not be as bad for you as you think.
A recent study presented by Spanish researchers during the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona has found a connection between lower risk of death and higher consumption of coffee.
The study, conducted by Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, featured nearly 20,000 participants and followed up with them for an average of 10 years.
The study found participants who drank at least four cups of coffee a day had a 64% lower risk of death than those who never or almost never drank coffee.
In fact, coffee was found to be linked with several health benefits, including weight loss, increased mental alertness, improved immune system and reduced risk of type II diabetes.
The research also found for participants who were 45 or older, drinking two additional cups of coffee was linked to a 30% lower risk of death.
“Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people,” said Dr. Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra, in a statement.
The findings back up a pair of studies published earlier this year touting the benefits of drinking coffee. One of the studies found coffee was linked to a lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.