Want to live longer? Drink coffee! At least, that's what an expert from Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health has claimed.
A study conducted on the morning's staple beverage for many suggested that moderate coffee consumption (three to five cups a day) can lessen the likelihood of dying early from heart disease, neurological conditions (such as Parkinson's disease) and type 2 diabetes, The Telegraph reports.
The study also revealed that it appeared not to matter whether the coffee imbibed contained caffeine or not.
"Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation," lead scientist Ming Ding has said. "That could explain some of our findings. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects."
The results were obtained from three on-going studies, which included 208,501 female and male participants, published in Circulation.
Whilst arguably there are many factors that can lead to a longer life – a healthy overall lifestyle, for one – the study nonetheless concluded: 'higher consumption of total coffee, caffeinated coffee, and decaffeinated coffee was associated with lower risk of total mortality.'
So with that in mind, mine's a latte to go... in fact, make that five. Thanks!