The consumption of coffee could have significant health benefits, even increasing lifespans by up to nine minutes a day according to new research.
Two new studies suggest that even a single cup of coffee a day can significantly decrease the risk of dying early. One 350ml cup can reduce the risk by 12 percent while three cups reduces the risk by 18 percent.
Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Southern California (USC) who conducted the studies said the positive effects of coffee are credible because of the antioxidants in the drink.
"If you like to drink coffee, drink up. If you're not a coffee drinker, then you need to consider if you should start," said Dr Veronica Setiawan, associate professor of preventative medicine at USC.
"Our results suggest that moderate coffee drinking - up to around three cups per day - is not detrimental to your health, and that incorporating coffee into your diet could have health benefits."
Further research is needed but for now researchers are focused on what compounds are to credit for the health benefits of coffee.