CNN --- A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that drinking several cups of your favorite coffee a day, could be associated with a lower risk of early death.
According to the lead researcher, Erikka Loftfield, an Epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute, who spoke with online news outlet Heath Day, any benefits aren't from the caffeine itself. Those who drank decaf also saw a lower risk.
There are many other non-caffeine components in coffee that might play a role.
The study collected data from more than 500,000 people over a 10-year period, and researchers found that individuals who drank eight or more cups of coffee a day had a lower risk of dying by nearly 15%. For the people who drank slightly fewer cups a day, the risk was cut by 16%.
While having your daily java might offer some moderate health benefits, a nutritionist at New York University who also spoke to Health Day, warns coffee alone can't balance out unhealthy habits like smoking or eating processed foods.