Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day could actually be good for you

If you’re anything like us, you live on caffeine. So when we heard this news, we brewed another pot. According to a new study, drinking three to four cups of coffee a day could actually be good for you. It’s basically the best thing we’ve ever heard.

The study was conducted by Robin Poole of the University of Southampton and published in the journal BMJ. Of course, we ~never~ need an excuse to grab a Peppermint Mocha or a Gingerbread Latte from the Starbucks holiday menu. Plus, other studies have shown that coffee can benefit us in other ways too, like making us better at working out. So for those of us who consume a Gilmore Girls amount of coffee, the new three-to-four-cups-a-day finding is GREAT news.

So, how exactly could drinking a few cups a day be good for us? Poole and colleagues reviewed coffee consumption. They looked at 218 existing meta-analyses. 201 of them were based on observational research and 17 were based on clinical trials. The former included 67 unique health outcomes and the latter had nine.

All of that is to say: “Coffee consumption was more often associated with benefit than harm for a range of health outcomes across exposures including high versus low, any versus none, and one extra cup a day,” the study states.

Drinking three to four cups a day showed various health-related outcomes.

For instance, high versus low consumption was associated with an 18 percent lower risk of incident cancer. The study also found that there’s a lower risk of several specific cancers and neurological, metabolic, and liver conditions. Plus, it could reduce the risk of other health issues, including all cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and cardiovascular disease.

Of course, the three to four cups a day standard doesn’t apply to everybody.

The study found that high coffee consumption in pregnant women was associated with low birth weights, preterm births in the first and second trimesters, and pregnancy loss. In addition, the study found that coffee-drinking women had a higher risk of bone fractures.

However, the study pointed out that there’s no “universally recognized standard coffee cup size.” It all depends on various factors, like how the coffee is brewed and the kind of bean that’s used.

All we know is, when science tells us there’s a chance that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day could be good for us, we listen. Speaking of which, we’d better go have another cup now.