Good news coffee-lovers: Two separate studies show that drinking between two and four cups of coffee a day can lead to a longer and healthier life.
With pretty much everything you eat or drink, there’s always going to be a debate about whether it’s healthy. That kale you’ve been eating may be loaded up with nutrients and vitamins, but it might also contain hazardous metals. While red wine, on the other hand, has been shown to promote heart health, but it could also negatively impact your ability to build muscle.
Another widely-debated drink? Coffee.
In one study, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that regular coffee drinkers in 10 European countries had a lower risk of liver disease, suicide in men, cancer in women, and circulatory diseases. On top of that, people who drank three or more cups of Joe a day had a decidedly smaller chance of dying from various causes than those who did not.
A second study, also published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, that focused specifically on non-white populations came to a similar conclusion, finding that those who drank between 2-4 cups of coffee each day had an 18% lower chance of kicking the bucket in general.
“Given these very diverse populations, all these people have different lifestyles. They have very different dietary habits and different susceptibilities—and we still find similar patterns,” said Veronica Wendy Seitan, who led the second study.
And in case a longer lifespan isn’t enough to make you down an extra cup of coffee today, then consider this: Drinking a few daily cups of espresso can also help keep your prostate healthy. So not only will you have a longer life, you can have a happier one, too.