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More Great News for Coffee Lovers!

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A recent study on coffee shares results we can all drink to.

It's no secret that coffee is the go-to fuel for many moms (it's rare to see one of our editors without a cup of joe in hand). So you can imagine our excitement when we found out that coffee can help boost longevity.

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Research from Harvard School of Public Health and published in the journal Circulation shows that "people who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 15 percent lower [risk of premature] mortality compared to people who didn't drink coffee."

A decaf drinker? You may see benefits, too.

"We (see) similar benefits from caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee," the study's co-author Walter Willett tells NPR. "That's important, because it suggests that caffeine is not responsible for (the benefit)."

What might be linking coffee to these benefits is the coffee bean itself, which is loaded with various nutrients and phytochemicals that are working together.

This isn't the first time research has shown benefits to drinking coffee. Coffee has been associated with a decreased risk of stroke, lower risk of suicide and protection from type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, liver disease, prostate cancer, Alzheimer's, melanoma risk and more.

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A few things to remember:

  • It's possible to overdo it. Consuming more than 400 milligrams of caffeine can interfere with sleep and cause insomnia.
  • Not everyone reacts to coffee the same way. Some people get jittery after one cup.
  • Not all coffee is created equal. "A 16-ounce cup of caffeinated coffee from Starbucks could contain anywhere from 250 milligrams to more than 500 milligrams of caffeine," reports NPR.

Now back to our guilt-free (moderate) coffee consumption. Bottoms up!

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