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Three Cups of Coffee Could Help You Live Longer According to New Survey

An estimated 3.5 billion cups of coffee are downed each day, according to the European Coffee Federation. Presumably, most of these consumers are drinking coffee for the caffeine, flavor or as part of a morning ritual. A new study reported on by Sky News provides additional motivation to coffee drinkers and has the potential to make this beverage even more popular.  

European researchers analyzed data from over half a million participants in 10 European countries. They discovered the more coffee you drink, the lower your risk of death. For instance, a male with a three-cup-a-day coffee habit was 18 percent less likely to die from any cause than someone who abstained from coffee. The advantages for women were slightly less, an 8 percent reduction, but still impressive. 

The findings correspond with earlier studies. A large meta-analysis of more than 2 million adults found that drinking one cup of coffee a day was associated with a 20 percent reduced risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a type of liver cancer. These are just some of the diseases that are suppressed by coffee consumption. 

Coffee is found to increase vigilance, improve mood, reaction time, memory and general cognitive function. This is usually attributed to the high levels of antioxidants and minerals found in a cup of joe. Here's another new finding: Coffee may not just be the "jolt" people crave to increase their energy first thing in the morning. While sleep deprivation may increase pain levels people feel, coffee might help diminish that pain. An animal experiment showed that caffeine reduced pain better than over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and prescription-only meds like morphine.

If you drink coffee, chances are it's one of the highlights of your day. But experts caution that, not only should pregnant women steer clear of caffeine, for those who drink too much, there are a few side effects that may make you more than a little uncomfortable. Medical News Today lists an accelerated heart rate, nervousness that could be serious enough to call anxiety, irritability and even muscle tremors.

Excess caffeine from either coffee or tea may lead to urinary incontinence, as well as insomnia. Here's another thing to note: While the take-home of the review is that coffee is good for you, there are a few caveats, the most important being the study featured black coffee, with no sugar or sweeteners, artificial or otherwise, and no cream, dairy substitutes or artificial coffee creamers.

In addition, coffee is a heavily chemically contaminated crop, so always look for organic varieties and, to protect the environment, shade-grown beans.
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