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The results of the most extensive study ever undertaken on the health benefits of coffee consumption are in, and the findings verify what coffee drinkers know - Coffee IS Very Good For You, and helps to prolong a healthy life.

The exhaustive study, “Association of Coffee Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in Three Large Prospective Cohorts” aka “Coffee and Total and Cause-specific Mortality” was conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, at Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University, at Melvin & Bren Simon Cancer Center at Indiana University, at Dept. of Preventative Medicine and
Public Health of the School of Medicine at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, and at other international research and educational centers, and published November 16, 2015 in Circulation, the Journal of American Heart Association.

Researchers followed more than 200,000 doctors and nurses for up to 30 years, with participants completing questionnaires on diet and behavior, including their coffee drinking habits, and undergoing periodic physical examinations, and the results are utterly amazing; In a comparison with subjects who abstained from coffee consumption, nonsmokers who drank a cup of coffee a day had a 6% reduced risk of death, those who drank one to three cups per day an 8% reduced risk, three to five cups a 15% reduced risk, and more than five cups a 12% reduced risk. And of interest to many, the results also showed that there was little difference in results whether subjects drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee.

Lead researcher Professor Frank Hu, Department of Nutrition of the Harvard School of Public Health was quoted by NBC News as saying that "The main message is that regular consumption, meaning three to five cups of coffee a day, is
associated with lower risk in total mortality and mortality from several causes like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and suicide”.

Of the 200,000 subjects followed for up to three decades, the study found that non-smokers who drank coffee were between 8 and 15 percent less likely to die, depending on how much they drank.

According to another study published this past September, coffee is the number one source of antioxidants for Americans, and additional studies have added reduced risk from and faster recovery from various other diseases to the list of benefits of drinking coffee (“Drink Up: More Coffee Could Lower Diabetes Risk”; “3 Drinks Give You Liver Cancer, But Coffee Protects”, others).

Dr. Sharonne Hayes, renown cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota (not involved in the study) referred to the findings in these terms: “The main message is that people who enjoy drinking coffee should not worry about it being harmful for their
health,… Coffee may actually be beneficial to their health."

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