Coffee has been one of the most studied dietary substances and yet the research remains inconsistent. A number of studies have linked it to potential health risks, including anxiety, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer while others support a host of possible health benefits—from protecting against diabetes to preventing liver and heart disease. There is even evidence that drinking coffee can help you live longer: One study from 2015 found that the consumption of coffee (both caffeinated and decaffeinated) was associated with a lower mortality rate.
If you’re like me and consider yourself a coffeeholic, you’ll be happy to hear that there is new data you can use to justify your addiction. New research presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions on Monday showed that drinking it daily was linked to a lower risk of heart failure, stroke, and coronary heart disease. Even better: Apparently, the more of it you down in a day, the lower your risk becomes.
Researchers at the University of Colorado looked at the Framingham Heart Study, a long-running project that was started in the ‘40s to help identify risk factors of heart disease. For their analysis, the researchers used a technique known as machine learning, which is essentially a super-smart algorithm designed to detect data patterns. They found that for subjects who consumed coffee, every eight-ounce cup per day reduced these risks by 7 percent, 8 percent, and 5 percent, respectively, compared to those who didn’t.
The researchers then corroborated the results using traditional analysis in two studies with similar sets of data. “The association between drinking coffee and a decreased risk of heart failure and stroke was consistently noted in all three studies,” reads a statement from the AHA. While these findings have yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, this is further proof that a brew (or two) is good for you.