Everyone knows the day doesn’t really start until the coffee has been brewed and poured. We’ve become accustomed to our daily dose of caffeine that many of us even develop headaches when we don’t get our fix. Although people tend to believe giving up their coffee will lead to a healthier lifestyle, a recent study has shown that might not be the case.

Research Shows Benefits Of Coffee

The Annals of Internal Medicine recently released a report that suggests our favorite pick-me-up, in the right dosage, can actually be a healthy habit. The findings even say that it might help you live longer.

The study gathered information on coffee-drinking habits from more than 185,000 participants ages 45-75 years-old since 2003. With this broad of a sample, you can trust the results have some merit.

Surprising Results Revealed

The study polled people of all ethnicities and found that people who drank more coffee had a lower risk of death. Surprisingly, it didn’t matter whether the coffee was caffeinated or decaffeinated.

In another similar study, it was found that the antioxidants in coffee decreased heart disease and led to coffee consumers having 12% lower risk of dying prematurely than those who chose not to drink coffee.

Additional Positive Effects Of Coffee

Coffee has also been shown to help athletes before a big race or game. The caffeine provides an increase in energy and makes it easier for the body to burn fat and also increases a person’s alertness. Although, if someone is used to having three or four cups of coffee a day, it’s less likely they will feel the positive effects as strongly.

With all this research, it’s safe to say you can continue having your morning cup of joe, and even adding a second cup if you need to.