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Good news for regular coffee drinkers- your habit could be good for your bones, according to research from the US.

A recent study researching the relationship between coffee and bone health has found people who habitually drank coffee had higher bone mass density than non-coffee drinkers. Study lead Dr Chad Deal, from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, US said there were three metabolites in particular that were associated with an increase in bone density in the population, and also a decrease in the risk of fracture.

According to Dr. Deal a potential benefit from this research is the identification of specific metabolites in coffee that are good for bone health. He said that this opens the door for more possibilities when it comes to creating new drugs to help protect bone health in the future.

Despite the good news, Dr. Deal said the relationship between coffee and bone health had been studied previously with the results being conflicting.

Previous research has shown that the more caffeine a person drinks, the more calcium is excreted from the body. Since the main mineral component in bone is calcium, he said this could potentially create a calcium imbalance and inhibit bone formation.

Dr Deal suggests heavy coffee drinkers, who have low bone mass, should have testing performed to check calcium excretion levels.

However he states that the bottom line is, if you’re a coffee drinker, you shouldn’t be worried about its impact on your bone health.

“For all those folks who drink lots of coffee and are concerned about the health effects of coffee, this is good news,” he said. “It appears to show that coffee is, in general, probably good for bone health.”

The study was published in  The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.