April 21, 2016

Mo Joe

Your daily grind might actually be good for you.

Coffee enthusiasts have been buzzing recently, and it’s not just thanks to that extra shot of espresso in their morning brews. Recent studies have shown that a second or third
cup of coffee won’t send you to an early grave—it could actually even prevent it.

A new study published in the medical journal Circulation found that “people who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 15% lower [risk of premature] mortality compared to people who didn’t drink coffee,” according to Walter Willett, one of the study’s authors. But it’s not caffeine that’s credited with this revelation; it’s the bean.

Naturally packed with health-boosting antioxidants and magnesium, the once-demonized coffee bean is said to fight off liver cancer, strokes, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes, plus improve brain function, athletic performance, and mood. Even better: It’s not just caffeinated coffee that gives these benefits.

Decaf works, too.

And while the exact correlation is still unclear, we’ll take any excuse for an extra cup of joe. But there’s one very important caveat attached to this happy news: Your coffee order matters. A few cups of black coffee a day? You’ll reap the benefits. A sugary double mocha with three pumps of vanilla syrup every morning? Yeah, not so much.