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Drinking Coffee May Extend Life

Study Suggests but Doesn't Prove Link Between Coffee and Longer Life

Coffee Benefits Explored

It has been suggested that coffee may protect against heart disease by reducing inflammation. Coffee has also been shown to lower blood sugar levels, which could have a beneficial effect on diabetes risk.

For many people, coffee is the main dietary source of beneficial plant compounds known as polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants, says coffee researcher and chemistry professor Joe Vinson, PhD.

"The antioxidant properties may or may not be the mechanism at work here. We can't really say," he tells WebMD.

Vinson says the newly reported study offers the best evidence yet linking coffee with a lower risk of death.

"This was a very rigorously designed study, and the findings are very intriguing," he says.

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