“Studies into the health effects of coffee are being done all the time and have claimed the drink brings big health benefits.”

Reduces early death risk

Research by the National Cancer Institute in the US last year found people who drink six or seven cups of coffee each day were 16 per cent less likely to die from disease within a 10-year period than those who didn’t.

Less likely to get depression

A study, carried out by the Harvard School of Public Health, found that women who drank four or more cups of coffee per day were 20% less likely to suffer from depression.

Higher pain threshold

Scientists at Goldsmiths, University of London, found women who drank coffee – 250 mg of caffeine, to be precise – tended to have a higher pain threshold than those who didn’t.

Lower type 2 diabetes

The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee last year said it had searched through around 30 studies of almost 1.2 million people to find drinking 3 or 4 cups of coffee each day could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 27 per cent.

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