Drinking at least six cups of coffee a day could help people live longer, new research suggests.
Mortality rates of almost half a million middle aged and elderly Britons were compared with their coffee intake.
Those who drank six or seven cups a day fared best.
They were 16 per cent less likely to die from any disease over a ten-year period than those who never touched coffee.
Those who drank at least eight cups a day or more saw death rates cut by 14 per cent.
This is twice the maximum amount of caffeine recommended by the UK Food Standards Agency.
The protective effect was also identified among moderate and light coffee drinkers – but to a lesser degree.
Two to five cups, one cup or less than…