DRINKING three cups of coffee a day could add years to your life, according to a study.
Brits who enjoy a regular cup of joe are up to 15 per cent less likely to get heart disease or die young.
Antioxidants in the beans improve health by boosting the metabolism, reducing swelling and cutting fat build-up, scientists said.
This means even decaf is good for your heart – and people with other vices like junk food and smoking still get benefits.
Dr Peter Kistler, from the Baker Heart Institute in Melbourne, said: “Because coffee can quicken heart rate, people worry that it could trigger or worsen heart issues.
“But our data suggest that daily coffee intake shouldn’t be discouraged, but rather included as a part of a healthy diet.
“We found coffee drinking either did no harm or was associated with benefits to heart health.”
Three studies used data from 382,000 people in the UK to track health and coffee habits for up to 10 years.
They found that people drinking between two and three brews per day saw the best health benefit from the coffee.
But the lowest total risk of cardiac arrest or stroke was in people who drank only one cup on average.
Dr Kistler added: “Coffee drinkers should feel reassured that they can continue to enjoy coffee – even if they have heart disease.
“It is the most common brain enhancer. It wakes you up, makes you mentally sharper and it’s a very important component of many people’s daily lives.”
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