The healthfulness of coffee has long been debated, but as Time recently reported, "The case for drinking coffee is stronger than ever." It cites a not-so-surprising statistic that 64% of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee daily, a percentage that hasn't wavered for the last few decades, even before so many studies were rooting in the morning drink's favor. We've highlighted studies that have found coffee to help prevent heart disease and even slow down aging, but now Time has rounded up an impressive list of recent research that will have you reaching for another cup of joe.
Keep reading to see all the science-backed ways coffee is actually good for you, and then help yourself to another pour.
Antioxidants: Coffee is a good source of antioxidants, known to fight against harmful free radicals that accelerate aging and can even cause cancer.
Type 2 diabetes: Studies have found that regular coffee drinkers could have an 11% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers due to ingredients in the brew that positively impact the metabolism.
Stroke: In another study, heavy coffee drinkers (drinking anywhere between two to four cups a day) had a lower risk of stroke than other participants.
Premature death: Last but not least, a relatively recent Harvard study of over 208,000 individuals found that regular coffee drinkers were less likely to die prematurely than non-drinkers.