If you refer to your morning coffee as the "elixir of life," well, you might actually be onto something. New research on the health benefits of coffee shows that your daily routine of cup after cup of coffee is not only keeping you awake and safe to be around other humans, it's also reducing your risk of prematurely dying from several illnesses.
In particular, a new study published Monday in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation, finds that if you drink three to five cups of coffee every day, you may be less likely to die from chronic conditions like heart disease, neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, as well as suicide. Better yet, the team of researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said these protective affects were seen in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee drinkers, which suggests the health benefits come from more than just the caffeine, according to a report by CBS News.