Most drink coffee for the short-term energy gains, but it may well be beneficial in reversing noncommunicable diseases of aging, according to a study conducted by Stanford Medicine.

Stanford says 90 percent of noncommunicable (read: non-infectious) diseases of aging are associated with chronic inflammation. The caffeine in coffee can remedy the chronic inflammation that’s prevalent in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

In the study, the researches conducted “extensive analyses” of blood samples for 100 patients across multiple years. They found a “fundamental inflammatory mechanism” kicks in as one ages, but coffee can help stop it, which is one reason why coffee drinkers tend to outlive those who don’t imbibe.

Executives at Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts rejoice!

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