ISLAMABAD: If you're a regular coffee drinker, a new study might brighten your day. Researchers have found that consuming the popular beverage may increase longevity, and it doesn't even need to be caffeinated.

Mortality risk from these conditions was found to be 18 percent lower for subjects who drank three cups of coffee every day.

While this study does not prove a causal association between daily coffee intake and a longer lifespan, the researchers believe that their findings indicate that the benefits of coffee consumption may outweigh the risks.

"Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention," says Setiawan. "Although this study does not show causation or point to what chemicals in coffee may have this 'elixir effect,' it is clear that coffee can be incorporated into a healthy diet and lifestyle."

"Some people worry drinking coffee can be bad for you because it might increase the risk of heart disease, stunt growth, or lead to stomach ulcers and heartburn," she adds. "But research on coffee has mostly shown no harm to people's health."

Further studies are needed to gain a better understanding of how coffee might increase mortality. In the meantime, the researchers say that we should enjoy our daily cup of joe; it could be doing us the world of good.

Veronica W. Setiawan said that "We cannot say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association. If you like to drink coffee, drink up! If you're not a coffee drinker, then you need to consider if you should start."