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Growing up, the Folger’s commercials taught us that coffee brings people together, smells great and is the best part of waking up. For most people this is true, the start of a new day means crawling out of bed and cuddling right next to the coffee maker for their steaming, hot morning fix. Besides the necessary caffeine boost coffee provides many long term health benefits you might not have known about. Also Read - Want to Live a Healthy Life? Have Sex Once a Week

Research shows that coffee has the potential to reduce the risk of developing many common diseases, including type 2 diabetes, depression and Parkinson’s disease. While researchers have linked coffee to positive long-term health effects, they still do not encourage those who do not drink coffee to start. Also Read - 'Feel Liberated' by Finely Crushing Chutney? Nutrition Expert Rujuta Diwekar's Latest Tweet Gets Twitter Divided Over Gender Roles-Stereotypes

Read below to learn about some of the health benefits of coffee consumption, so you can continue to enjoy that cup of Joe:

1. Coffee can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

After reviewing nine studies, Dr. Frank Hu, a nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, found that participants that drank six or more cups of coffee daily were 35 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Those who consumed four to six cups a day lowered their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 28 percent.

2. Coffee consumption reduces the risk of depression.

Did you know depression affects twice as many women as men? One study found that women who consumed two to three cups of coffee a day cut their risk of developing depression by 15 percent compared to women who drank only one cup coffee.

3. Coffee helps fight off certain cancers.

Coffee drinkers who consumed more than four cups a day lowered their risk of developing malignant melanoma by 20 percent according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. After researchers controlled the experiment for other factors, coffee consumption is what gave some participants an advantage over others in another study. From a pool of 100,000 people who drank at least four cups a day, there were 55.9 cases of melanoma, compared to the 77.6 cases in the group of 100,000 who did not drink coffee.

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4. Coffee lowers the risk of developing dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

The caffeine kick we all crave from coffee does more than help us beat that three o’clock lethargic feeling. The caffeine in coffee has been linked to improvements in memory. Participants in one study who drank two or more cups of coffee daily were 40 percent less likely to have developed Parkinson’s disease. While another group of researchers found that subjects that drank three to five cups of coffee a day had a 65 percent lower risk of developing dementia compared with those who drank two cups or less.

5. Coffee helps to lower the risk of heart rhythm disturbances and arrhythmias.  

Heart rhythm disturbances increase the potential for a heart attack and stroke. Compared to non-coffee drinkers, people who drank 1-3 cups of coffee daily, were 20 percent less likely to be hospitalized for arrhythmia. For women, coffee consumption has been linked to lower the risk of stroke.